While many dentists offer professional teeth whitening services, it is often cheaper to whiten teeth at home, so do-it-yourself teeth whitening kits continue to be popular. In fact, the most widely used home remedy for restoring stained or discoloured teeth is whitening strips. You do not need a prescription from your dentist or local pharmacy to obtain these strips and they can be easily applied at home to restore your teeth to their original colour and shine.

 

How do I use the whitening strips?

One should carefully read any information and instructions on the product packaging before using the whitening strips.

However, it is common for a person to place the strips directly on their teeth. The manufacturer may recommend avoiding brushing the teeth shortly before using the strips. A person will then leave the strip on their teeth for the recommended length of time. This duration may vary from product to product, but usually, the strips are left on for approximately 30 minutes from a trusted source.

How To Use Teeth Whitening Strips

The manufacturer may also recommend the ideal frequency of use for their teeth whitening strips. The standard recommendation is to use the whitening strips twice daily for 2 weeks. However, these instructions may vary from product to product. Therefore, a person should follow the guidelines on the packaging and not wear the strips for longer than the manufacturer recommends.

 

When is the best time to use the strips: before or after brushing?

Always brush your teeth before applying the whitening strips, otherwise, plaque and bacteria can get trapped between the strips and your teeth. This makes you more likely to develop tooth decay or other dental problems. In addition, if there is plaque or bacteria on your teeth, it will be more difficult for the whitening strips to work.

However, you should not brush your teeth immediately before applying the whitening strips as they can sometimes irritate your gums. Instead, wait at least half an hour after brushing your teeth before applying the whitening strips.

If you find spots or excess gel on your teeth after removing the teeth whitening strips, you can brush your teeth immediately after removing the safe whitening strips. This will not harm your teeth. Of course, you should continue to brush your teeth twice a day while using the whitening strips regularly so that your teeth remain healthy and do not become discoloured again.

Teeth Whitening Strips

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How do teeth whitening strips work?

Teeth whitening strips contain peroxide or bleaching agents. They can therefore whiten your teeth in the same way that bleach can whiten your clothes or hair. Peroxides bleach the colour of your teeth to restore their natural white colour.

Most whitening strips are made from polyethene, which is thin, flexible plastic. The plastic is coated with peroxide and some types of strips contain more than others. You can apply the strips to your teeth according to the package instructions, allowing the peroxide to come into contact with the tooth enamel. This allows the peroxide to remove stains and discolouration from the tooth surface. Some strips need to be removed after a period of time, while others do not.

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