Popular At-Home Teeth Whitening Methods

There are many reasons to pursue an at-home teeth whitening treatment. A variety of over-the-counter products, as well as trays you can take home from your dentist are available for your convenience and portability needs. Dentists agree that at-home whitening products can yield excellent results when repeated regularly.

Your dentist can provide you with custom-fitted trays to take home that are designed to be used over extended periods of time. These trays are either pre-loaded with a whitening gel, or they come with gel stored in syringes that you add yourself at home. Custom-fitted trays ensure that the whitening gel stays in full contact with your teeth and helps prevent saliva from entering the tray, diluting the whitening agent.

Whitening strips are a popular at-home teeth whitening method that utilizes thin, flexible strips coated with a whitening gel. They are designed to mold to the shape of your teeth and are convenient and easy to use. Some patients choose to wear them when shopping or working, since they are so unobtrusive.

Whitening strips can slip or slide during use, especially once saliva gets beneath the strips. That same saliva dilutes the whitening gel and can make the strips less effective. They are also less effective on crooked or gapped teeth.

Brush-on whiteners are available dispensed from pens with foam tip or brush applicators. They are intended to be used daily following meals. Some dental professionals, however, see little visible results using these types of whiteners.

Whitening toothpastes may contain chemical bleaching agents and high concentrations of abrasives. Used regularly, whitening toothpastes can offer support for other, more effective systems of teeth whitening. Be careful using these toothpastes over dental crowns or veneers, and do not use them at all over full or partial dentures, as they can scratch and dull the surface, leading to more stains.

Whitening floss can assist in removing stains from the small, narrow spaces between your teeth, but is ineffective on the surfaces of your teeth.Your dentist will be able to answer any questions you may have about teeth whitening at home.

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