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Teeth Whitening: How Should I Choose a Whitening Product?

If you are like many people who enjoy coffee regularly (and most people do), you may have found yourself struggling with what you perceive as being unsightly stains and discoloration on your teeth. In this regard, you may be wondering what type of whitening product you should use.

Of course, if you are a smoker, you may have even more serious discoloration problems that you would like to deal with. Through this article, you are provided some basic and useful information about how to go about choosing and selecting a teeth whitening product that will best meet your needs.

Because cosmetic dentistry has become such a widespread practice in the 21st century, there are many different options available to you when it comes to teeth whitening products and procedures.

The Wide Range of Products and Procedures

With all of the teeth whitening products on the market it is difficult to choose which is right for you. There are in-office procedures and at home procedures. There are kits that you can purchase with custom-made mouthpieces and there are plastic strips that you can buy at the drugstore and stick on your teeth immediately. The importance of the whitening products is not the active ingredient, which is usually peroxide or a similar bleaching agent, it is the method used to apply and hold the agent onto the toothís surface.

Professional Teeth Whitening -- Visiting Your Dentist

Teeth whitening in the dentistís office is fast and effective, but it can be expensive. Over the counter products are cheaper, but must be used for a longer period of time in order to gain the same effectiveness as you would get in the dentistís office. Over the counter products may involve paint on gel, plastic strips containing gel, whitening pens and gels that involve a plastic mouthpiece. Each of these works well, you just have to decide which is best for you.

The Benefits of Home Treatments

Comfort is a big issue with home treatments. Because you usually have to use the product nightly or twice a day when choosing at home products, comfort is a key issue to consider. Plastic mouthpieces can be uncomfortable and, if you have to keep them on for a long time, they can be difficult to sleep in or wear for extended periods. Plastic strips containing the whitening gel are very effective and usually do not have to be left on as long. However, they do contain the gel and, although it is odorless and colorless, it is still in your mouth, you can still feel it and some people have an aversion to that. The best thing to do is to try to obtain a sample of the product you decide to try to see if it is something you can do often and on a regular basis. When it involves spending your hard-earned money, you want to do your research and not spend thoughtlessly.

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