What You Should Know About Teeth Whitening Strips
Are you dreaming of a brighter, whiter, healthier-looking smile? There are many options when it comes to whitening your teeth, with teeth whitening strips being one of the most popular in terms of over-the-counter options.
Teeth whitening strips are created using flexible plastic and a whitening gel (often containing hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide). Once strips are placed and pressed, they are held in place.
While teeth whitening strips are an affordable and convenient option, there are some major drawbacks to whitening your teeth using whitening strips and other over-the-counter whitening products, these include:
Uneven Teeth Whitening
When it comes to teeth whitening, most patients expect to have an even result, unfortunately when it comes to using whitening strips uneven results can be common. Typically the plastic strips can’t reach every area of the tooth due to the fact it is flat and teeth are a three-dimensional surface. This can result in certain areas of the teeth being completely missed, resulting in unevening whitening and unattractive results.
When it comes to teeth whitening products, it is important to make sure that the gums are not exposed to any chemicals. Although whitening strips are significantly less powerful than professional teeth whitening the chemicals in your strips can actually cause irritation, discomfort and damage.
Although some patients may experience no sensitivity or damage when using whitening strips in moderation, many patients report sensitivity and tooth pain following treatment. This is often due to the fact the chemicals in whitening strips can actually erode enamel, leaving your teeth less protected.