Teeth whitening is a multi-billion dollar industry with many over-the-counter options available. However, it can be difficult to determine which treatments are right for you, or if they are worth it. While you may be looking for a DIY method to whiten dull or yellowing teeth, there are several factors you need to consider first. Read on for more information about teeth whitening strips and whether they’re right for your particular situation.

What’s your starting point?

Another thing you need to consider before trying an over-the-counter whitening product is the current level of discoloration of your teeth. The effectiveness of any whitening treatment depends heavily on the starting point of your teeth.

Discolored teeth can be the result of inherent factors such as genetics, aging, or medical conditions. They can also be the result of smoking and diet. Teeth whitening strips that you can purchase over the counter tend to be more appropriate for teeth that are affected by external factors (smoking or regular consumption of coffee, tea, soda, and wine). Intrinsic tooth discoloration is usually more difficult to change and may require professional treatment.

Teeth Whitening Residue Free Strips

Teeth Whitening Residue-Free Strips

Desired Results

It is necessary to consider how much of the tooth surface can be covered by the whitening strips. The strips are made of flexible plastic and are coated on one side with a bleaching agent. The strips are placed on the top and bottom teeth and molded to attempt to cover the entire surface of the tooth.

How long does it take to see results?

Over-the-counter whitening strips may take some time and patience. Some whitening strips are recommended to be worn for 15-30 minutes per treatment. Some treatments are used once a day, while others recommend using them twice a day. In any case, whitening strips will gradually lighten the color of the teeth and may take several months to achieve the desired results.

Dental whitening strips need to be used consistently and must be part of your daily routine to achieve significant results.

Teeth Whitening Strips

Teeth Whitening Strips

How long will teeth whitening last?

To be fair, neither whitening strips nor professional whitening treatments are permanent. Both methods need to be repeated to maintain the same shade of white. On average, the white shade obtained with whitening strips lasts about six months. Professional treatments usually last about two years.
Everyone’s teeth yellow somewhat over time — it’s a normal part of aging. However, the best way to prevent your teeth from changing color rapidly is good oral hygiene.

A word of caution: Any oral hygiene routine that involves antibacterial products is bad for the oral microbiome. Avoid or greatly limit your use of antibacterial mouthwash, antibacterial toothpaste, essential oils, and hydrogen peroxide mouth rinses.

The best oral hygiene routine involves:

Brushing your teeth at least twice per day and 45 minutes after meals containing sugary, acidic, or processed foods
Flossing at least once a day
Scraping your tongue every day
Oil pulling with coconut oil
Dental probiotics, especially if you have existing oral problems like bad breath, cavities, or bleeding gums.
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