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Do Teeth Whitening Strips Really Work? | Cosmetic Dentistry Las Vegas

September 22, 2018

80% of Americans say they want whiter teeth. 60% of them believe a brighter smile will have a positive impact on their confidence levels. It's no wonder then that teeth whitening is the #1 most requested cosmetic procedure in the United States.

If you've always wondered about whitening strips and how they work, read on. We'll cover everything you need to know about teething whitening kits.

How Teeth Whitening Strips Work

At home whitening strips work to whiten your teeth by using either bleach or peroxide. The amount of whitening agent on each strip varies by brand.

The strips themselves are often made out of a thin, pliable plastic called polyethylene. You peel the backing off the strip and place the coated side onto the front of your teeth.

When the chemicals on the strip come into contact with your teeth, they begin to remove stains and discolorating from your tooth's enamel.

Depending on the brand, you will leave the strip on your teeth for a period of time. Anywhere from 10 minutes up to 2 hours. After using a strip, you discard it in the garbage and repeat as directed on the package.

Most brands suggest one application every day for a certain number of days. Sometimes, the package will suggest 2 applications a day for best results in a week or less.

Why Use Whitening Strips

Many people choose to use teeth whitening strips because they work and they are less expensive than other whitening treatments such as those that can be done at a dental clinic.

Whitening strips are convenient to use at home. Many people choose to wear them while they watch TV or read a book.

Plus, whitening strips are simple and straightforward to use. Teeth whitening kits come with everything you need for a treatment cycle that will restore your smile up to 5 shades whiter than before.

Many people begin to see results after just a few days. Results vary but on average, the whiter smile can last up to 4 months before you'll need another treatment.

Ensure that you cover the full area of each tooth with the strip. Otherwise, you may have uneven whitening on some teeth.

What If I Have Sensitive Teeth?

Using whitening agents on your teeth causes the layer of enamel to erode. Teeth whitening kits are safe to use in moderation. Overuse can result in increased tooth sensitivity and even permanent tooth damage such as tooth decay.

If you suffer from tooth sensitivity, look for whitening strips that are designed for sensitive teeth. These kits are generally more gentle on your teeth. Use a toothpaste for sensitive teeth during and after your treatment to prevent discomfort.

Read more about what to do after having your teeth whitened.

Final Thoughts on Teeth Whitening Strips

Teeth whitening strips are an affordable, simple way to get a brighter smile. But it's not always the best option for everyone. Talk to your dentist about your desire for whiter teeth and together, come up with an action plan.

Schedule an appointment with Image Dental for a consultation, teeth whitening or checkup and cleaning.

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