Teeth Whitening At Home: What Are My Options?

If you have been down the oral health aisle at your local grocery store recently, you have probably seen a plethora of different products boasting their tooth whitening abilities. We will go over some of the most popular tooth whitening products and explain what makes them tick.

Whitening Toothpastes

Lots of toothpastes now boast whitening properties. One thing to keep in mind about toothpastes is that they have always had some whitening potential due to their mild abrasive properties. The abrasive properties of toothpastes make them able to remove light stains on teeth. Depending on the kind of whitening product in the toothpaste you can reasonably expect it to lighten your teeth by about one shade. Whitening toothpastes are generally best used to keep teeth that have already been whitened, white longer.

Whitening Strips And Gels

Most gels are peroxide-based and are applied with a brush to your teeth. With gels, it is important to follow the application instructions very closely in order to avoid application accidents. Gels offer decent results that you can expect to last for a few months.

Strips are one of the newest whitening products available today. They are similar to gels in that they are peroxide based and give roughly the same results. Strips are more convienient than their gel counterparts and are typically easier to clean up. Both gels and strips must be applied to and left on your teeth for a decent amount of time each day.

Whitening Rinses

Frequently advertised on mouthwashes and breath freshening rinses, this method of teeth whitening is one of the least effective for a few reasons. Your teeth are in contact with the whitening agent for only a few minutes a day making it hard to be very effective. Further, there is no abrasive action involved in the process of swishing mouthwash around in your mouth. Don’t count on these products to give you impressive results.

If you’d like to learn more about teeth whitening and schedule a no obligation consultation, please call us today at (803) 310-4707 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing your smile!