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A Guide To Teeth Whitening Home Kits

Teeth-WhiteningThe number of people who want whiter teeth have increased over the years and as a results manufacturers have come up with different solutions on how you can get whiter teeth faster in the confines of your own home. Here is a list of all the different kinds of teeth whitening kits you can try that will really whiten your teeth a couple of shades brighter.


The strips are covered in the whitening gel which you then place one strip on each of your teeth. This is done twice a day over several days and will effectively brighten your teeth.

Dissolving strips

Very much the same as the first one. The only difference and that they dissolve in place. You don’t have to take them off. Put them in and forget about them.

Paint-on whitener

Like the name says you paint it on and leave it on your teeth for half an hour. This is good if you don’t like dealing with gels from the strips.

Overnight whiteners

These are like the paint-on ones but you keep them in your mouth for the whole duration of your sleep and then you’ll wake up with whiter teeth in the morning.

Light kits

These come with a light that you use to activate the whitening gel. You cover your teeth with the gel and shine the activating light for 20 minutes more or less.

Tray kits

You sink your teeth in a tray filled with the whitening formula and keep it in there for a few hours as per instruction. One common complaint with these is that the trays are not really customized to fit your teeth unlike the trays you get if you go to a dentist so they tend to be dislocated and the formula might spill. Be extra cautious when using these.

Some things to take note:

  1. Some products will only work for discoloured teeth. If your teeth are naturally yellowish, some of the marketed teeth whitening kits will not do much good for you.
  2. It is not advised to use these regularly as they are abrasive and will damage the enamel.
  3. You might notice little white dots on your teeth at first. This is a common side effect that will go away after a few hours.

An advantage of the home whitening kits is the cost. They cost cheaper than having a professional do it with laser or bleaching. However, these effects are only temporary and will be gone within a few days or weeks. For a more permanent teeth whitening, it’s best to consult cosmetic dentists Melbourne.

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