One of the most common cosmetic issues that many people are concerned about is the appearance of their teeth, specifically how white their teeth are. This only makes sense when you consider the many different types of food and beverages that people consume that can lead to stained teeth. Listed below are two teeth whitening methods to consider and the benefits that each one can provide.
Whitening strips are the most common method of teeth whitening available, mostly because they also tend to be the least expensive whitening products on the market. These strips typically consist of thin strips of plastic that have bleach or hydrogen peroxide added to them in order to whiten your teeth.
In addition to being quite inexpensive, whitening strips are also beneficial because they are very easy to use. This is because all you need to do is apply a strip to your upper and lower teeth two times a day to start whitening your teeth. However, if you do choose to go with whitening strips, it is important to follow the instructions to the letter as keeping the whitening strips on too long has the potential to damage the enamel on your teeth. In addition, mention that you are using whitening strips during your check-ups with your dentist so he or she can check for any enamel erosion on the off-chance that the strips are causing damage.
Another whitening method to consider is a whitening tray. This option requires you to place the whitening solution into a mouth tray that you then have to wear for up to an hour or more. The primary benefit to this option is that once you put the tray on, the whitening solution will be forced onto every part of your teeth, even the gaps between them for a complete whitening process. Another benefit is that once you buy the initial whitening kit, your costs will actually go down as after that you will only have to buy the whitening solution.
However, if you are considering whitening trays, consider seeing your dentist instead of buying over-the-counter options. This is because over-the-counter options can often be uncomfortable for people due to the one-size-fits-all nature of the trays provided by the store-bought kits. On the other hand, your dentist can take a mold of your teeth and order a custom-fit tray that will be more effective and comfortable to wear than a store-bought whitening tray.
Speak with your dentist today in order to discuss the benefits and potential downsides to at-home teeth whitening options and which one he or she would recommend for your teeth. Strips and trays are both great options that can each provide their own set of benefits.