Understanding Tooth Whitening Strips

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A bright white smile says a lot about you. Unfortunately there are a lot of things that can stain your teeth or cause them to not look their very best. Age, tobacco use and staining from certain foods and dark beverages can leave you wanting a brighter, whiter smile.

Tooth polishing during your twice a year regular dental cleaning can help remove some minor surface stains. However, if you have moderate stains on some of your teeth you might choose to use a tooth whitening strips

Most teeth whitening strips are made from a clear or semi-translucent plastic coated with a thin gel or membrane of peroxide or bleach. There are several different brands of whitening strips. Different manufacturer might have a different application. Some allow you to wear them during the day, while others suggest wearing them at night.

The brand you choose really has a lot to do with personal preference. Be sure to avoid any tobacco use while you have the strips in your mouth. While tobacco use counteracts whitening it can also damage the strips and cause damage to your gum line.

When selecting a particular brand of tooth whitening strips be sure to look for a brand that has earned the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. This seal insures that the ADA has researched and tested the product for safety and effectiveness.

It’s a good idea to talk to your dentist before starting any tooth whitening regimen. We can help you understand the products and procedures available to you to help you choose a course to your goal that is effective as well as safe.

If you have questions about selecting tooth whitening, please feel free to call us at 801-295-7171 to schedule an appointment.