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Do Teeth Whitening Strips Really Work?

Teeth whitening in Basildon is very popular right now as everyone wants a lovely white smile to match their summer tan. Brightening up your teeth is a great way to enhance your smile and also gives your confidence a boost. Teeth whitening strips are just one method of tooth whitening which can be easily purchased online but with plenty of other options available, there’s no reason not to give a variety of treatments a go.

teeth whitening in BasildonHere at Felmores we want our patients to be fully informed about all aspects of their dental care so we thought we’d focus this blog on tooth whitening options.

Teeth whitening in Basildon – The basics

These days there are 3 main types of whitening which you can do yourself at home: whitening toothpastes, whitening strips, and bleaching trays. Whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes are by far the cheapest method of home teeth whitening but they’re also the least effective in the short term. Because they contain only minuscule amounts of whitening agents such as hydrogen or carbamide peroxide the results are barely noticeable, although they are good at removing any surface stains. On the other hand, bleaching trays and whitening strips can produce quite noticeable results in as little as a couple of weeks.

How whitening strips work

Whitening strips are made from a flexible material coated with either hydrogen or carbamide peroxide and an adhesive to keep them firmly in place. As the hydrogen peroxide comes into contact with your teeth it oxidises which bleaches the teeth and makes them look much whiter. Carbamide peroxide works in a similar fashion but contains acid which also breaks up stains.

How long do whitening strips take to work?

Most whitening strips come in packs of 28, which equates to one strip per row of teeth for 14 nights. Typically a person wears the strips for about half an hour before bedtime and can usually notice a difference in the whiteness of their teeth in the first week. However, they’re not effective on stains caused by antibiotics or fluoride poisoning and they won’t lighten dental restorations.

Professional teeth whitening

Professional teeth whitening does cost more but with that comes supervision from an experienced dentist and a quality of product which far exceeds anything you can buy over the counter. We offer two methods of teeth whitening in Basildon – power whitening and home whitening using the Zoom technique. Power whitening is ideal for anyone looking for speedy results since it can be completed in an hour at the dental clinic. Basically the whitening gel is applied to the teeth by your Basildon dentist and a special laser light is used to activate the process. It will lighten your teeth by a few shades and is great for anyone with an important event shortly coming up.

Our home whitening kits use custom made trays to fit your mouth exactly, unlike the generic trays which over the counter kits contain. This keeps the gel securely in the tray where it should be and prevents any of the gel from leaking out and blistering your mouth and gums. The trays are won for a couple of hours a day with impressive results usually seen in around two weeks.

Teeth whitening isn’t for everyone and a better alternative for those people with badly stained or chipped teeth may be porcelain veneers. If you’d like to know more about teeth whitening in Basildon then why not book a consultation with Felmores Dental Care. You can book online at or call us direct on 01268 726789.

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