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Are Teeth Whitening Strips Your Best Option?

Are you thinking of whitening your teeth? Maybe you’re wondering where to begin. There are many whitening options out there, from relatively inexpensive over-the-counter whitening solutions, such as whitening strips and gels, to more expensive in-office treatments. Here, we’ll talk about whitening strips and why you may or may not want to give them a try.


Teeth whitening strips do work. Will they make your teeth really white though? It all depends on the origin of your stains and your teeth’s natural colour. Strips can remove lifestyle stains. These are stains you get from things like drinking coffee or red wine, or from smoking. However, they won’t remove stains occurring from health issues or reactions to medications. If you use the strips as directed, you should see results in about seven days. There are more advanced whitening strips claiming results as early as three days. Once you complete a full cycle, results can last up to six months. To help your teeth stay whiter longer, avoid foods and drinks that stain teeth. Also, brush with whitening toothpaste.


Over-the-counter teeth whitening strips are available at a range of price points, with lots of reasonably affordable options. You can purchase them just about anywhere toothpaste is sold. You may also want to check with your dental office to see if they sell professional strips. These strips contain stronger whitening ingredients. They may be a little more expensive than those sold in stores. Strips are a very affordable and effective way to try whitening your teeth, especially if you’re considering other in-office whitening treatment options (such as lasers), which can be much more expensive.

Ease of Use

Whitening strips are so easy to use. The most difficult part may be remembering to use them. They come with an upper and lower strip. You place them on your front teeth and wear them for 30 minutes, or as instructed.

Side Effects

Teeth whitening is considered safe for adults. However, children and pregnant women should consult their doctor before use. With prolonged use, teeth whitening can cause teeth sensitivity, so be sure to use your whitening strips only as instructed.

If you want to brighten up your smile, whitening strips may be ideal for you. They are easy to use, affordable, and effective at removing surface stains. Talk to your dental professional about the best option for you. And remember, good oral hygiene at home and routine professional cleanings make whiter teeth as well!