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If you want your teeth whitened at home, then prepare to have your choppers exposed to some peroxide.
Strips just stick to the front of the tooth, and avoid the grooves and areas between the teeth. This is not desired result.
A small sea sponge sounds fun, but unfortunately, it's simply a small brush.
If you have crowns and fillings in visible areas, they won't whiten along with your other teeth, leading to mismatched colors in your mouth.
Very true. The ADA recommends that pregnant and lactating women steer clear of teeth whitening products.
Most toothpastes contain a mild abrasive to help scrub those red wine stains from your teeth.
Teeth whitening doesn't help much if your teeth are brown or if you're a smoker. Only the lighter yellow stains can be lifted.
Teeth whitening, especially at the dentist, can lead to sensitivity in the teeth. If this happens, you should take a break from your regimen.
You might be able to notice some whitening after just a few days of using the strips, although the entire process takes about 14 days.
Typical results for strips and gels indicate about three to four months of bright pearly whites.
Many times, people elect to have a mouthpiece tray made for them by their dentist. This allows for maximum contact with the teeth, and minimal contact with the gums.
Rinses are quite a bit slower than gels and strips, taking about 12 weeks to work.
With a whitening toothpaste, you can expect about one shade brighter and whiter.
Gels and strips can whiten your teeth about two to four shades, depending on how stained they are to begin with.
It's the most expensive option, but you can get as many as eight shades whiter by going to the dentist for treatment.
All it takes is just one 30 to 60 minute visit to your dentist to notice a change in your teeth color.
Ranging from laser treatment to gels and mouth pieces, a professional treatment will range from $400 to $700.
You should definitely avoid teeth whitening treatment if you have some form of gum disease.
There are a few products that contain teeth whitening agents that might surprise you. Gum is one of them.
Unfortunately, it's tough to find unbiased studies, because most of those published online were performed by teeth whitening product manufacturers.