Have you shopped for over-the-counter teeth whitening products recently, and been completely overwhelmed by the sheer number of products that claim to whiten your teeth? But how do they really stack up against professional teeth whitening treatments? Let’s take a look at some of the most popular over-the-counter products to see how effective they really are.
Teeth Whitening Strips
Whitening strips produce minimal results, but also have other drawbacks. The strips do contain a peroxide-based whitening agent, but it is not as concentrated as those used safely at our Manhattan Beach Cosmetic Dentist office. Also, because they are one-size-fits-all, they only cover the front surface of your teeth, missing the spaces between your teeth. Stains may be reduced over time, but it may take months to see real results.
Whitening Mouth Rinses
Whitening rinses are similar to mouthwashes. They’re effective for killing bacteria, refreshing your breath, and remove plaque. Unlike mouthwashes, whitening rinses contain hydrogen peroxide. Manufactures advise you to rinse your mouth twice a day for one minute each and state that it may take 12 weeks to see any results. Most consumers report no difference after using, probably because the rinse barely touches your teeth for two minutes a day.
Teeth Whitening Gels
Whitening gels are clear, peroxide-based gels applied directly to the surface of your teeth. Instructions generally call for twice a day application for 14 days. Initial results are seen in a few days and final results are sustained for about four months. However, application can be difficult since teeth are required to be completely free of saliva before use.
Whether you choose a home whitening treatment option or an in-office whitening procedure such as the Sapphire Whitening System, you should consult with your dentist who will examine your teeth and determine if there are any underlying issues with your teeth or gums that would cause problems as a result of using over-the-counter whitening agents.
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If you would like more information, or have questions about teeth whitening, please contact our Manhattan Beach Cosmetic Dentist office.