Dallas, TX Cosmetic Dentist Discusses Tooth Whitening Products

Written by Dr. Lin on Sep 11, 2012

It can be overwhelming to shop for over-the-counter tooth whitening products because of the sheer number and types of products available that all claim to whiten teeth. As you pay for these rather expensive products, you may wonder how effective they really are for whitening teeth?

Whitening Strips
The tooth whitening strips purchased at your local pharmacy have drawbacks. They do offer some level of whitening because of their peroxide-based whitening agent, but the formulation used is not nearly as potent as that safely used by our Dallas, TX Cosmetic Dentist Office. Another problem is that they only contact the front surface of your teeth, not the spaces between your teeth. This product will slowly remove some stains, but it may take months and significant expense to see any noticeable results.

Tooth Whitening Rinses
Tooth whitening rinses are similar to a mouthwash effectively killing bacteria, removing some plaque and freshening your breath. Unlike mouthwashes, though they also contain hydrogen peroxide. The directions instruct you to rinse twice daily for one minute each. They advise that it may take up to 12 weeks to see any results. Most consumers, however, report little or no difference after use. This is most likely due to the fact that the rinse barely comes into contact with your teeth for two minutes a day.

Tooth Whitening Gels
Over-the-counter whitening gels are clear, peroxide-based gels that you apply directly to the surface of your teeth. Instructions call for twice-daily use for two weeks. Used properly you may see results in a few days, with final results lasting about four months. The drawback to this product is that proper application is difficult because the surface of your teeth must be completely free of saliva before use in order for the gel to be effective

Whether you choose a home whitening treatment or a quick and effective in-office whitening system such as Zoom or Boost, always consult with your dentist first. Our Dallas, TX Cosmetic Dentist will examine your teeth to make sure there are no underlying oral health issues that may be negatively impacted through the use of over-the-counter whitening agents.