So often we get caught up in the latest wedding trends in makeup and beauty: bold lip colors, smokey eyes, lash extensions — you name it. Sometimes we forget that the most beautiful part of our look is what’s underneath all that: our face! Upkeep of our natural features is an incredibly important part of one’s beauty routine, especially when it comes to your wedding smile.
Teeth whitening isn’t simply a way to look more beautiful. A 2007 study in the US showed that people were more likely to be hired and received higher salary offerings after their teeth had been whitened, and, according to Charles Guthrie, a senior research analyst at Penn State University. So as you can imagine having the perfect wedding smile is key.
That’s why the team at Reviews.com created a guide to finding the best tooth whitening product for your wedding day. As it turns out, there are two really important things to keep in mind in your own search:
The ingredient list
The FDA doesn’t currently regulate products used for teeth whitening, so there are some options out there that can be shady. A surprising 49 of 86 contenders didn’t actually include an ingredient list. It’s essential to look at the ingredient list to ensure that no questionable chemicals are used in the formula to ensure you get a whiter smile without sacrificing your health.
You also want to make sure that the product will actually work before your wedding day. Effective teeth whiteners will contain hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide as their active ingredient. Peroxide removes both surface stains and deep stains, while teeth whitening toothpastes and gums typically only address surface stains. If you can’t make sure that these ingredients are being used, the product may not be worthwhile.
Hydrogen peroxide levels
There are a right and a wrong way to use hydrogen peroxide in teeth whitening. The American Dental Association reports that hydrogen peroxide concentrations of 10% or more can be damaging to teeth. In terms of carbamide peroxide, the ADA stated that the 28-35% mark can prove to be similarly harmful. In fact, some of the products in the study had levels as high as 16% hydrogen peroxide and 44% carbamide peroxide.
When it comes to your teeth, nobody knows better than your dentist, so be sure to ask them if you have questions about teeth whitening products for your magical wedding day. Keeping in mind these two factors can help you find the best product for your own needs. To take a closer look at the original article, and to see which products Reviews.com recommends.