Teeth Whitening Strips: Pros and Cons

Posted on: November 8, 2018

Almost everyone wants to have blemish-free teeth. However, there are several options for teeth whitening available, and some are more effective than others.

One method of teeth whitening procedure you have probably heard or seen is the teeth whitening strip. The strips are available at different stores, and some people claim that they are highly effective for cleaning stains. The question is, will they be useful for you? This article focuses on the pros and cons of using whitening strips, which will help you make a guided decision.

Pros

Whitening strips are affordable

One of the reasons many people prefer whitening strips over many other whitening procedures is that they are more reasonably priced. They cost less than other methods of whitening, including in-office procedures. Whitening strips are quite widespread, and that makes it easy for people to choose them over other methods.

Easy to use

To achieve teeth whitening, you will need to place the whitening strip on your teeth and let it be for the recommended period, typically about 30 minutes. You will need to repeat the process multiple times daily continuously for some weeks. They are exceptionally easy to apply, and there is minimal effort required.

If you are using gels, you have to ensure that the whitening agent reaches every part of your teeth. Tray-based whitening kits require a proper fit, usually from a mold prepared by your dentist. You have to allow these devices to stay in the mouth, and if the fitting is not accurate, they could be inconvenient.

Cons

The whitening is not durable

On one hand, using white teeth will give you whiter teeth for some months or longer. On the other hand, that means you have to procure and use more whitening strips within a few months of initial treatment if you continue to indulge in teeth-staining acts like excess coffee intake.

If you want a more permanent solution, you need to contact a professional dentist and get expert teeth whitening. Although it is more expensive, it lasts much longer than whitening strips.

It may miss some spots

Almost no one has perfectly proportionate teeth. This means that the strip will not lie correctly on every tooth, which means some spots will remain or the entire teeth may not have the whitening agent evenly distributed. This can cause an uneven appearance. This is where using whitening gel is better because you can apply it to each tooth individually.

Compared to whitening strips, there is no protection for the gel, and that makes it easier to lick it off mistakenly. Regardless of how cautious you are to ensure the strip contacts every visible area of the teeth, you will discover that it will not stay appropriately on some teeth, causing it to miss some stains.

In conclusion

You should consult your dentist before using teeth whitening strips. They will be able to guide you on proper usage and make recommendations on the best whitening treatment for you.

Request an appointment here: http://rockyviewdentalcare.com or call Rocky View Dental Care at (303) 219-2053 for an appointment in our Littleton office.


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