Dallas, TX Teeth Whitening Dentist Reviews Products for Whiter Teeth

Written by Dr. Lin on Oct 20, 2013

Shopping for over-the-counter teeth whitening products can be overwhelming due to the number and different types of products available. Some of these products can be very costly, and you may wonder how effective they really are for whitening teeth? 

Whitening Strips
Teeth whitening strips purchased at your local pharmacy do offer some level of whitening because of their peroxide-based whitening agent but do have drawbacks. The peroxide used is not nearly as strong as that safely used by the Dallas, TX Teeth Whitening Dentist.  Also, they only contact the front surface of your teeth, not the spaces in between your teeth. They can slowly remove some stains, but it may take months and a significant investment to see noticeable results.

Teeth Whitening Rinses
Teeth whitening rinses are similar to a mouthwash and are effective for killing bacteria, removing some plaque and refreshing 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 probably due to the fact that the rinse barely comes into contact with your teeth for a couple minutes each time it’s used. 

Teeth 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. OurDallas, TX Teeth Whitening 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.