Are you thinking about whitening your teeth? Maybe you're wondering where to start. There are many whitening options available these days, from relatively inexpensive over-the-counter whitening solutions that include strips and gels to more expensive in-office treatments. Here, we'll talk about whitening strips and why you may or may not want to give them a try.
Teeth whitening strips do work. But do they make your teeth truly white? That depends entirely on the source of your stains and the natural color of your teeth. Dental strips can remove lifestyle stains. These are things like drinking coffee or red wine and smoking.
However, they will not remove stains from health problems or reactions to medications. If you use whitening strips as directed, you should see results in about 7 days. There are more advanced whitening strips that claim to see results in as early as three days. Once you complete a full cycle, the results can last up to 6 months. To help your teeth stay white longer, avoid foods and beverages that can stain your teeth. Also, brush your teeth with whitening toothpaste.
Teeth Whitening Strips
Whitening strips are similar to bleach, but they are actually safe.
They use a combination of cleaning agents that basically bleach your teeth. The peroxide in the whitening strips cleans below the surface of your teeth and brings out the best and whitest parts of your teeth.
As for how quickly you can see results, this varies from person to person. Usually, they will start working immediately due to the bleaching agent in them. However, you should start to see a noticeable difference within 5-7 days.
From then on, if you continue to take care of your teeth, the whitening effect will remain.
So that means you have to cut back on drinks and foods that stick to your teeth, such as coffee, tea, wine, tobacco, and acidic foods. You also need to keep brushing 2-3 times a day, flossing once a day, and drinking plenty of water. And, of course, visit your dentist twice a year.
According to most teeth whitening strip manufacturers, the whitening effect of dental strips usually lasts about a year, but this can be affected by oral hygiene habits and diet.
Before And After Results of Using Whitening Strips
The good news is that whitening strips are fairly simple to use. Most whitening strips use a gel that contains peroxide, and the strips simply fold over your teeth. In fact, the reason they are so popular is that they are both effective and easy to use.
You want to make sure that the entire front of each tooth is covered by the strips, otherwise, you may have uneven whitening (not to be confused with the spots you may see when you first start using them). Also, you need to make sure that the strip is not touching your gums, as it can cause damage.
It is also important to only use as directed. If you don't use the strips enough, you may not see results. If you use too much, it may cause erosion of tooth enamel or cause sensitivity.
Regular strength teeth whitening strips cost $15-$30 for a one-week treatment kit. You can purchase them anywhere toothpaste is sold. You can also check with your dental office to see if they sell professional strips. These toothpaste contain stronger whitening ingredients. They may be a little more expensive than the ones sold in stores. Dental strips are a very affordable and great way to try to whiten your teeth, especially if you are considering other in-office whitening treatment options (such as a laser), which can be much more expensive.
If you want to brighten your smile, whitening strips may be the ideal choice for you. They are easy to use, reasonably priced, and remove surface stains. Talk to your dental professional to discuss their opinion. Remember, good oral hygiene and routine professional cleanings at home can also whiten your teeth.