Tooth Whitening Strips are those small plastic pieces with hydrogen peroxide gel on one side that stick to your teeth. While most teeth whitening patches are safe and simple to use, there are some important things to bear in mind when you use them on your teeth. Here is a list of some of the ways to use the whitening strips.
Applying the strips
Reading the instructions on the box carefully will give you a general idea of what you should do.
Each brand has specific instructions for the use of the strips and it is important to follow these to the letter to avoid damage to your teeth.
1. Peel the sticker off the hard plastic film and apply it to your upper teeth, which are usually more visible, especially when you smile.
Some brands have different sizes for upper and lower teeth. Make sure you use a larger sticker on your upper teeth, as they are generally wider and larger than your lower teeth.
2. When removing the sticker from the hard plastic film. Be careful not to touch the side with the gel on it, otherwise, there is a high risk that the gel will come off.
3. Gently peel the patch outwards so that it stays flat as you apply it. Think about how you use band-aids. You definitely don’t want to see them sticking together or crumpled up, as then the area they can cover will become minimal.
4. Put the side of the band-aid that has the gel on it right on the surface of the tooth. Flatten it as much as possible so that it fits snugly on your teeth.
Use the bristle part of your toothbrush to flatten the protruding areas of the paste so that it does not whiten unevenly.
5. Repeat this step on the lower teeth. Be sure you are putting small strips on your lower teeth.
If you want to cover up more of your lower teeth, try using the upper tooth veneer. Just remember that by doing this, your upper teeth veneer will run out sooner than your lower teeth veneer, and you won’t be able to whiten all of your upper teeth by using your lower teeth veneer to apply to your upper teeth.
6. The timing of the veneer should be as specified. This time is usually stated on the box.
Make sure the gel is fully released and penetrates your enamel. Try not to speak or move your mouth so that the paste does not become wrinkled or fall off.
7. To prevent the gel from entering your mouth, move your tongue as little as possible. Use your tongue to act as a barrier in the middle of your mouth and to give your teeth something to lean on.
Do not leave the paste on your teeth for longer than recommended. Most brands recommend 30 minutes. Leaving the paste on your teeth for longer than recommended can cause tooth irritation or gum inflammation.
8. Remove the sticker from the tooth. Wash your hands well and use two fingers to grasp the sticker and remove it. This may take a little effort.
After washing your hands, wait for the water on your hands to dry completely. As the sticker will become wet due to the breakdown of saliva or gel, it will be easier to remove it with dry hands.
9. Spit out all the excess gel. Remove as much of the gel left on your teeth as possible.
Many teeth whitening patches contain harmful chemicals that can be dangerous if you swallow a lot of them.
Repeat this process over several consecutive days. Occasional strips will not produce immediate and visible results.
Some brands claim that results can be seen in as little as three days. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see your teeth shine immediately, remember that whitening is a gradual process.
Remember to brush and rinse your mouth after using the paste too. To have beautiful teeth, toothpaste is only an aid, not a substitute for brushing.