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How to Whiten Your Teeth At Home

How to Whiten Your Teeth At Home


Everyone wants a healthy vibrant smile. Unfortunately, many professional teeth whitening procedures are very costly. If you are seeking a brighter smile there are some at-home teeth whitening options. It is always recommended to consult with your dentist to discuss the methods that are appropriate for you. There are many different over-the-counter teeth whitening methods. Here is a brief description of the most popular over-the-counter products.

Whitening Toothpastes

Any toothpaste is going to help you remove surface stains from your teeth. Today, there are many different types of whitening toothpastes on the market. Most of these toothpastes contain mild abrasives and hydrogen peroxide to remove additional surface stains and stains deep in the tooth. While results from whitening toothpaste do not compare to the results from professional bleaching you can expect whitening of about a shade.

Whitening Gels and Strips

For a relatively small investment you can purchase at-home whitening kits. These kits are peroxide based gels or covered strips. Most of these treatments require you to apply the gel or strip twice a day for about two weeks. Within a few days you will notice a difference in the whiteness of your teeth. Again, you will see less whitening with these at-home teeth whitening treatments.

Tray-Based At-Home Whitening Treatment

A tray based whitening treatment is closer to the treatment received from a dentist or in professional bleaching. You can purchase over-the-counter tray based whitening kits or through your dentist.

In a tray-based whitening treatment you fill a mouth piece with gel-based peroxide solution. The solution's strength is a little less than what you would receive from a dentist. The tray is then worn for the specified amount of time. Normally, this is done for approximately four weeks depending on the amount of whitening needed.

Regardless of which method you choose, you can enjoy some whitening of your teeth with all of these at-home methods. In addition to being able to whiten your teeth in the privacy of your home you will save money choosing one of the at-home whitening products.

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