How to Use Home Whitening Kits
While teeth whitening
was once only available through a professional, there are now at-home whitening kits available at an affordable price. Whitening strips are very easy to use. Carefully peel each strip from the protective backing and firmly apply it to the front surfaces of your teeth. You will need to leave the strips in place for around 30 minutes to allow them to work on the stains. Some strips dissolve so that there is nothing to remove, whereas others need to be gently peeled off at the end of the treatment.
You can also buy whitening gels, which you can apply to the teeth you want to whiten using a cotton swab. You can also put whitening gel into a mouth tray that fits over your teeth, holding the gel in place.
Always follow the instructions carefully when using a DIY system to whiten your teeth at home. Whitening kits are very safe when used according to directions, but they do contain strong ingredients that need to be treated with caution. Do not leave whitening gels or strips in contact with the teeth for longer than directed.
How Do Whitening Kits Work?
Most home teeth whitening products contain hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, which break down stains on the surface of the teeth. Both of these chemicals are very effective at removing stains, but hydrogen peroxide usually works faster.
Whitening kits come in a range of different strengths, so you can choose the one that is best for you. For faster results, you might want to choose a powerful product that you use for just a few days. On the other hand, people with sensitive teeth might prefer to use a gentler whitening product that gives more gradual results. The chemicals used in teeth whitening can occasionally cause sensitivity of the teeth and gums, so your dentist may advise you to use a toothpaste
for sensitive teeth while you are using the kit in order to protect you from any discomfort.
Everyday Whitening Strips
After a whitening treatment, stains can very quickly start to build up on your teeth again. Some home whitening kits are designed to be used every day to keep your smile bright. These strips gently remove residue from foods and drinks to prevent stains from building up, without causing damage to the enamel.
Getting a Whiter Smile
Whitening kits can be a safe and effective way to deal with dental staining and discoloration. Whether you want to address noticeable stains or simply protect the natural whiteness of your teeth, there is almost certainly a kit that is suitable for you. If you need more advice, ask your dentist to recommend a product you can use at home.
back to top »