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Den's Dental Blog

Hello! My name is Den. This blog is going to cover a range of dental topics. I am not a dentist or a dental nurse but I have recently undergone a lot of dental treatment. This treatment has given me a great insight into the world of dentistry and I would like to share everything I have learnt with you here. Last year, I developed terrible pain in my mouth. I was diagnosed with severe tooth decay. The dentist removed the problem teeth and then inserted false ones in their place. He also whitened my teeth to improve my smile. I hope you find my blog useful.


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Should You Use Teeth Whitening Strips?

by Myrtle Banks

There are many different methods of teeth whitening—some involving professional supervision and some that can be done at home. One common method is to use teeth whitening strips, which are easily available from supermarkets or pharmacies. But are they the right solution for you?

They may be for you if:

You're on a budget.

Whitening strips are one of the cheapest methods of improving your smile. It will certainly be cheaper to pick up a packet at the store than to visit the dentist.

You don't want to go to the dentist.

Regular dental checkups are vital for the health of your teeth, and if you have any qualms about visiting your dentist, you should take steps to address them. However, it is entirely up to you whether to go for cosmetic treatments, and you may not want the bother of making an extra visit. Being able to pick up a set of strips with your shopping will be a much easier option.

You don't want to spend long on it.

You will need to wear your strips for around thirty minutes a day; you can easily do this at home, while watching television or doing some household chores. Tray whiteners that you get from your dentist may need to be worn for longer or even overnight.

They are not for you if:

You want long lasting results.

The effects of teeth whitening strips will typically last for around four months; after this your teeth will return to their discoloured state. Using trays to whiten to your teeth, especially under the supervision of a dentist, can provide results lasting from one to three years. However, your teeth will fade more quickly if you continue to consume staining drinks such as tea or coffee or if you continue to smoke.

You want professional results.

If you want professional results, you will need to see a professional. Whitening strips may sit unevenly against your teeth, which means the bleaching agents may work more strongly on some parts than others—resulting in uneven patches on your teeth.

You have dental problems.

No whitening system will deal with underlying decay. Make sure you have any necessary dental treatment before you start whitening.

Although whitening strips are a good cheap solution, you may find it cheaper in the long run to undergo a more lasting treatment. The best solution is always to talk to your dentist about your teeth whitening options.