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Top 3 Techniques for Teeth Whitening at Home

June 7, 2016 - Stephanie Franklin

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Would you like to have whiter teeth without expensive treatments at the dentist office? A brighter smile will light up your face and complexion. It might take some persistence over time, but try these techniques at home for a brighter smile without risking damages to your pearly whites.

Whitening Strips

First to try is over the counter whitening strips. These contain hydrogen peroxide, which is known to be excellent at stain removal. Apply whitening strips after brushing at night, leave on for a few minutes, and then be sure to rinse well.

Whitening strips are affordable, easy to use, and work well as long as you can stay consistent for at least a few weeks. You might want to try a few different brands to see which one you like. Different formulations may yield better results for some people compared to others.

Paint-on Options

Another option is paint-on formulations. The advantage of paint-ons is they specifically target the teeth while avoiding irritation or sensitivity to the gums and soft tissue. The downside though is that the paint-on option may take longer, up to two months to see results. These are a bit more expensive compared to whitening strips, but if whitening strips cause pain or discomfort for you, these might be a good option to try.

Trays and Gels

Lastly, there are over the counter trays and gels. These are sometimes referred to as “boil and bite” systems. These are tray and gel systems where you squeeze the peroxide gel into a tray and heat it up, then bite on the gel filled tray. These systems can be quite aggressive, but also can yield results quickly.

When it comes to teeth whitening at home, results may vary from person to person because of the specific type of stain and surface chemistry of teeth. You may have to try a few different brands or methods before finding the one that works best for you. Teeth whitening at home can be cost effective and safe, as long as you are willing to stick with a routine and don’t mind trying some different solutions. Also, remember to avoid stain causing food such as coffee, tea, and other colored drinks, as well as tobacco.  Here’s to your whiter teeth and a brighter smile!

Stephanie Franklin