If you've decided to give your teeth an overhaul to get that winning Hollywood smile, you will need to decide which treatment suits your budget.
When it comes to low-budget approach cheap home whitening kits can be bought from high street chemists, or online. The kits supplied usually come with two mouth trays, an application syringe and bleaching agent, such as carbamide peroxide gel and complete application instructions. If you are tempted to go down this route make sure you read the instructions fully, at least once, before even attempting to administer self-treatment.
Home-based kits do what it says on the tin, but arguably nowhere near the standard of professional teeth whitening. For the ultimate winning smile a trip to the dental clinic is necessary. However, not all the work needs to be performed at the clinic as it depends upon which treatment is selected, and that may depend upon the extent of teeth discolouration in the first place. An initial consultation is required to determine whether you are suitable for teeth whitening treatment. If you get the go-ahead then there are usually several options when it comes to treatment.
With a home/tray based teeth whitening solution you will attend the clinic to give impressions of your teeth from which the dentist will produce tailored trays, moulded to your teeth's exact contours. You will then return once your trays are ready and the dentist will take from 30 minutes to an hour to apply your first treatment and to guide you through how to carry on using the trays at home. You then take away the required number of syringes and a supply of the whitening product to finish the treatment over an advised period of time at home.
Dental clinics also offer a power teeth whitening solution that is billed as the most effective in-clinic whitening solution. This quick method is used to bleach the teeth, lightening any discolouration of tooth enamel and dentine. Results are immediate and can typically make teeth from six to ten shades lighter. The treatment takes less than an hour, meaning that it can be applied during a lunchtime appointment - ideal for those ultra-busy people for whom tray or strip methods would simply take too long to work.
Whitening may not be required for an entire set of teeth. For those that have a discoloured front tooth that has previously been subject to root canal work there is a treatment known as internal tooth whitening. The dentist drills a hole in the back of the tooth to expose the top of the root canal. Then, a special whitening gel is applied over the top of a protective impervious lining, and the hole closed with a coloured filling material bung. The results are monitored over a number of days to check that the discolouration has lightened, and once confirmed then the bung is removed and a permanent white filling seals off the hole.
Depending upon your budget and the amount you wish to lighten your teeth, there are many ways to get whiter teeth. To determine the best solution it may be worth getting a free consultation.
Every person that wears contact lenses or are thinking about obtaining some contact lenses for vision correction or a fashion statement should understand that proper care and maintenance for your contact lenses is very important for the health and safety of your eyes.Caring for your contact lenses will only take a few minutes of your time each day and will help keep your contact lenses in excellent condition for a number of years. Many people prefer wearing contact lenses to wearing glasses and with proper care and maintenance, wearing your contact lenses can be just as safe and hassle free.
The most important part of contact lens maintenance is making sure that your hands are clean and free of debris before handling your contact lenses. Particles of dirt or hair on your hands can adhere to the surface of the contact lenses and scratch the surface of the eye when the contacts are put in, causing pain and discomfort until the contact lens can be removed.
Any viral material or bacteria that are on the hands can also be transferred to the surface of the eye by the contact lens and can cause illness or infection that may require medical treatment to cure. The hands should be thoroughly washed with hot water and soap before handling the contact lenses out of the case or out of the eye.
The next step in proper care for contact lenses is to use a sterile contact lens solution for cleaning the contact lenses. These solutions can be purchased at any neighborhood grocery store, drug store, or mass merchandiser. There are many different brands of contact lens solutions available from different manufacturers and it is up to the person to decide which brand they like to use the best.
Using this solution, the contacts should be rinsed before placing them in the eyes and after they have been taken out of the eyes to remove any particles of dirt and to disinfect them. The solution is also used in the contact lens case when storing the contact lenses to prevent them from drying out and provide a barrier from infectious agents.
The contact lenses should be removed from the eyes according to the schedule of the manufacturer of the contact lenses. There are many different varieties of contact lenses can be purchased and the type of contact lenses that are purchased will dictate how often they need to be removed and cleaned. Some contact lenses need to be taken out every night at bedtime for cleaning and disinfection while some other types of contact lenses can be left on the eyes for a week at a time before they will need to be removed.
There are also a number of other solutions and devices that can be used for cleaning the contact lenses if the person chooses to use them. One of the most common solutions used are the protein removal solutions that removes any of the proteins that are found on the surface of the eye or in tears from the surface of the contact lenses to prevent build up and clouding on the contact lens.
There are also contact lens cases that plug into an outlet so that the case will slowly agitate the contact lenses during the night, helping to wash anything off of the surface of the lenses. Proper contact lens care can extend the life of your contact lenses and protect your eyes from many of the complications associated with contact lens use.
Our lips are susceptible to damage from a number of elements such as changes in the temperature and humidity, as well as seasonal changes. This can result in dry and chapped lips that can cause much discomfort and pain. Fortunately, there are a number of methods one can utilize to heal chapped lips.
1. Using an organic lip balm is a great way to heal dry, damaged, and chapped lips. Organic lip balms can contain such ingredients as cocoa butter, beeswax, jojoba oil, sunflower oil, candelilla wax, an organic flavor such as lemon balm, Vitamin E, organic tea tree oil, camphor, calendula, Vitamin A, rosemary extract, L-lysine, and more.
Organic means they do not contain harmful chemicals and additives. Products that contain the USDA Organic Seal are certified organic. Organic balm soothes, moisturizers, hydrates, cools, and heals chapped skin. It is important to avoid too much use of chemically manufactured skin products, including mass produced manufactured cosmetics and flavored lip balms.
2. It is important to eat foods that are high in vitamins and minerals. Flax seed oil, calcium and magnesium are important nutrients to keeping the lips healthy. Healthy foods include almonds, milk, legumes, nuts, whole grains, yogurt, cheese, beans, cereal high in flax seed oil, and salmon.
3. Take a multivitamin supplement. Lack of B vitamins can be a cause of chapped lips. Also, if you have vitamin E capsules poke a tiny hole in a capsule and apply the oil to your lips.
4. Drink plenty of water daily. Experts recommend drinking 8 glasses of water a day. Drinking warm beverages helps to add moisture to the lips and increase circulation.
Avoid caffeine and alcohol which causes skin dehydration.
5. Avoid lip balms that will cause you to lick your lips. Flavored lip balms are one form of lip balm that should be avoided.
6. Apply a lip balm before you go to bed. This will heal, nourish, and hydrate your lips while you sleep.
7. If the indoor air is quite dry, use a humidifier to add moisture to the air.
8. Wear a lip balm when you are outdoors. Use a lip balm that contains a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or more before you expose your lips to the sun. Don't wear lip balms that contain phenol or camphor because they are strong antiseptics that can irritate the skin and cause redness.
9. When you are having a hot shower, use a washcloth and a bit of sugar to gently pat your lips. This will help remove dead skin and smooth the surface of the skin. After you leave the shower, apply a lip balm
Dry, chapped, and sore lips are not only painful, but are not very attractive. By implementing a healthy diet with a quality lip balm in your daily skin care program, you can heal your lips and keep them smooth, soft, and supple. Although healing chapped lips is a common problem for many people, it is a problem that can be cured.