Teeth Whitening Gel Vs. Teeth Whitening Strips

Teeth Whitening Gel Vs. Teeth Whitening Strips
Posted on 03/15/2016

Teeth Whitening Gel Vs. Teeth Whitening Strips

Written by: info@brandawake.com
1/28/2016 9:35 PM

Teeth can become stained and discolored for a variety of reasons including certain habits like tobacco use, drinking and eating dark beverages & foods, childhood medications and improper oral hygiene. Because having stained or discolored teeth is so common, there are many teeth whitening options available including whitening strips you use at home and teeth whitening gel applied by your dentist. Here is a quick overview of these two popular teeth whitening options that can help you decide which is best for you.

Teeth Whitening Gel

If you are interested in a fast and dramatic method for whitening your teeth, you may want to consider scheduling an appointment with a cosmetic dentist so you can have your smile brightened through the use of a whitening gel. This cosmetic dentistry procedure is safe and very effective. It involves your dentist applying a special whitening gel to the surface of your teeth that works together with a special light to whiten the teeth. The light is used to activate the gel to break up the stains and discoloration.

The procedure of applying the gel and activating it with the light is done several times in one teeth whitening session. You will be given some instructions after your procedure that will help you maintain your white smile. Your dentist will also recommend occasional touch-ups with a special whitening gel you can use at home.

While this professional teeth whitening can help most people, it may not be right for you if you have a strong gag reflex as sitting through the entire procedure may be difficult.

Teeth Whitening Strips

Bleaching the teeth with at-home teeth whitening strips is a straightforward process. You simply apply the strips to the front side of the teeth and keep them in place for the directed time. In order for these strips to be effective, you must use them on a regular basis. While teeth whitening strips do whiten teeth gradually, the process takes time as opposed to professional teeth whitening which gives instant results. And although they do make teeth appear whiter, teeth whitening strips do not provide the same dramatic results obtained through the use of whitening gel applied by your dentist.

When using teeth whitening strips, you must be careful and only apply the strips to the surfaces of the teeth and not the gums. This is because the active ingredients in the strips can irritate the gum tissue and cause a burning sensation.

Which is Best?

While a box of teeth whitening strips costs less than a professional teeth whitening session, the results you get from strips are simply not as great as what you'd get from whitening gel applied by your dentist. You will have to purchase more boxes of strips and continually use them according to the package directions which in the end, will not save you much, if any money. Because the results obtained by professional whitening gel are more dramatic and faster, it is best to see a cosmetic dentist to have your teeth whitened using a whitening gel and activation light.

Contact Us Today

Dr. Goldberg offers Zoom! In-Office Teeth Whitening that can provide you with a dazzling white smile in about one hour's time. This safe and effective system uses a whitening gel and specially-designed light to gently break down stains on our teeth for a whiter and brighter smile! To schedule your whitening appointment, please complete the 'Request an Appointment' form on our main website. One of our team members will then contact you to confirm your appointment time.