Have you thought about whitening your teeth with an at-home remedy? If you have looked into it, then you know there are many different variations of teeth whiteners, the most popular being strips and gels. These options vary in cost and quality, but most of them will whiten your teeth at least somewhat. If you’re unsure which option to go with, ask us during your next visit. For now, we hope this comparison will help you decide which whitener is right for you.
Whitening strips are easy to use and can be found at all major drug, grocery, and convenience stores. Just apply the strip to your upper or lower set of teeth and let it sit for as much time as directed. Read your teeth whitening instructions for the best results. The daily usage and amount of time applied will differ with the strength of the product. We recommend removing the strip after 45 minutes, maximum, and waiting a day or two before applying another. They contain powerful whitening agents such as hydrogen peroxide so you don’t want to overdo it.
The downside: You may be using the strips too often if you experience an increase in tooth sensitivity. The sensitivity will most likely be experienced when drinking a hot or cold beverage. If you are noticing these symptoms, consult with us before using your strips again. We will let you know how often you should be using them or if they aren’t right for you.
Overall, the strips are an easy option when whitening your teeth. They are affordable, convenient, and they don’t hinder you from going out and getting things done. However, they offer more of a quick fix, rather than long-term results and won’t give you the same level of whitening a professional gel offers.
There are over-the-counter gels and pastes, but we recommend using a whitening agent supplied by your Dental Care Center office. We will give you a professional whitening gel and a custom made mold of your mouth to help you get that bright smile you desire. First, apply the gel to the inside of the mold, and then put it over your teeth. Some gels can be worn for hours at a time and some can be worn overnight; we will send you home with detailed instructions. The custom mold provides for a comfortable, quality whiten and gives your teeth longer-lasting results.
The downside: If you have trouble sleeping with the mold in your mouth, you may not get the results you’re looking for. You can wear the mold during the day, but you can’t eat or drink anything while wearing it.
Overall, the gel is a better option if you’re looking for long-term results. It may not be as convenient or inexpensive as the whitening strips but it will brighten your smile.
If you have any other questions about using whitening agents at your home, please ask us during your next visit or contact us to learn more about our cosmetic dentistry services.