If you have ever stopped at any drugstore in your area, you must have seen that there are many teeth whitening products. Most of the available ones are for home use. With the many options available, it’s challenging to decide which one to buy. Choose the best whitening product that will have little or no side effects. Choose also the ones allowed in your state. Have you ever wondered why are crest strips banned in UK? It’s because of the high hydrogen peroxide content in them. You need to be keen on the common traits of the different teeth whitening options to get the best one.
Let’s look at the common traits that will fit your teeth state and your oral health history:
Products Differ Based on Their Abilities
Hydrogen peroxide is a common ingredient in all whitening products. On the packet of the product, you can compare the concentration of the peroxide in the products. The products with a high concentration will work better and faster. Despite this, they can cause more tooth sensitivity. If you have sensitive teeth, use products with the lowest peroxide concentration. Though some products don’t disclose the concentration, ask about it from the shop.
Be Keen on The Daily Application Times
When choosing the home whitening product to buy, be keen on their daily application time. If you have more free time in a day, then go for the products that meet your schedule. If you are a busy person, opt for more advanced products that fit your teeth. Go for the products you can use while attending other duties like checking emails.
Before you buy any teeth whitening product, check your commitment to whitening. Some options available in the market need a steadfast commitment for weeks. Other products will reveal results in a few days. If you can’t commit long, go for the more potent products that reveal results in a few days. Such products will allow you to whiten at your convenience but still get the desired results.
Check Your Dental History
The home tooth whitening products will not work well in some aspects. Do you have any metal works on your teeth? They prevent whitening products from working well. They include crowns, veneers, caps, fillings, laminates, and partials. Check if the product you buy will have any color effects on your dental works. If you want to avoid these kinds of complications, the best you can do are the regular check-ups with the dentist to get preventive dental care.
Understand Your Price Range
If you can’t afford these products, go for the cheap traditional whitening strips. They need a 30 minutes application every day to bring the changes in two weeks. Other products aren’t traditional but not cheap. You can choose them depending on your financial strength. If your budget isn’t enough to buy any whitening product, you can use regular toothpaste. Rinse your teeth well after brushing to get the whiter versions. A good toothpaste and rinsing are other good ways of promoting a hygiene regimen.
Go For a Trusted Brand
Walking down the whitening aisle, consider the reputable brands you know and trust. Well-known and trusted brands provide a sense of assurance and confidence.
Talk With a Dentist
It’s advisable to contact a professional before shopping for the whitening product. A professional will suggest better brands that you can consider. The dental experts will assess your teeth condition before advising on the best step to take.
It’s always good to have brighter teeth when you smile. Take your time and source the best product that will meet your expectations. With the many products in the market, be slow with the selection process.
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