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Teeth Whitening Strips – Are They Effective?

If you’re looking for a whiter smile, then over-the-counter teeth whitening strips are probably one of the first things you’ll reach for.

What results can you anticipate from an over-the-counter product? Are whitening strips worth a try?

What to Expect

Whitening strips use peroxide to bleach out surface stains. They should be applied to clean, dry teeth. They stick in place after you fold them on, and you just wait for the amount of time recommended on the packaging before removing them. The bleaching chemical helps lift light stains. Regular use of these strips can help you to keep new stain from accumulating.

The Disadvantages

Not everyone who tries teeth whitening strips is impressed with them. Here are some downsides to using these one-size-fits-some products:

  • Possible gum irritation from the peroxide
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Not as powerful as professional whitening
  • Can take a long time to see results

The Whitening Routine That Works for You

In short, teeth whitening strips are effective, but they don’t guarantee instant and dramatic results. It’s perfectly fine to start out with over-the-counter products to see how they work out. Go ahead and experiment! It will take a little time and patience to find out which products will get you the results you want.

See how they feel and if they’re effective enough for the results that you need. You can simply stop if they bother you, and move on to professional products if you want stronger results. This treatment is reversible and you’re in complete control!

Visit your dentist for a whitening consultation to help you set reasonable cosmetic goals. You’ll also get professional advice on which technique will have the greatest impact.

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000

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