If you’ve ever tried whitening your teeth in the past, you probably know that the options are endless. Pastes, strips, and gels rule the shelves, plus in-office procedures. A new product seems to launch every week, promising quick whitening results. But how can you be sure you are choosing the most effective products for whitening? Here are the most common forms of whitening and information on which ones may work for you.
The easiest method to implement into your daily routine is using a toothpaste with a whitening agent. This also happens to be the most affordable method as well. To see results, brush your teeth for at least two minutes, twice daily. This regime will help to fight stains and promote the whitening of your teeth. However, the results won’t be as strong as those of other options. To see the best results with whitening toothpaste, use it in conjunction with another recommended whitening solution.
The next option for teeth whitening and achieving a bright smile is to use over-the-counter whitening strips. Whitening strips contain a thin layer of hydrogen peroxide and bleach the surface stains of your teeth. They are a step above whitening toothpaste, but won’t give you the full whitening results you might be seeking. Depending on the kind you buy, the instructions will recommend you wear them anywhere from daily to once a month. Be sure to follow directions on the package for best results.
Something to keep in mind is that whitening strips can cause tooth sensitivity. If you feel extreme sensitivity, stop using the product and speak with Dr. Banik about anti-sensitivity options.
Take-Home Whitening Kits
The last and most effective teeth whitening method that we recommend here at Carolina Family Dentistry is our take-home whitening kits. If you want a dramatic difference, this is the option for you. Plus, you can use other methods like whitening toothpaste and strips in conjunction with your kit.
For best results, you should brush and floss before each treatment. You should be aware that you may feel sensitivity in your teeth from whitening. If you are using all three methods and are experiencing severe sensitivity, stop treatment and speak with Dr. Banik.
Longing for a perfectly white and bright smile? You can achieve it — and quickly! Contact our office today to discuss whitening options and to schedule an appointment. We are here to make you feel confident in your smile.