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How often Should You use Whitening Strips?

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Are you looking for a non-invasive, simple method of achieving pearly white teeth at home? If yes, whitening strips may be the right choice for you, especially with the plethora of teeth-whitening options available. However, the common question on every user’s lip is how often they can use teeth whitening strips. 


The answer is not so straightforward as different manufacturers have different ingredients and suggested frequency of use. But it is advisable not to whiten your teeth every day for a long time, as this can cause tooth sensitivity all year round. However, if you want to find out more about how to use whitening strips, keep reading.


This article will discuss the ingredients that whitening strips have, the right ways to use them effectively, and if they are the right choice for you. So, let’s get right to it.


What Exactly are Whitening Strips?


Whitening Strips, usually made from a type of polymer or plastic, are the simple and cheap choice for people who want to reduce tooth discoloration from the comfort of their homes.


These flexible, thin strips usually contain a specialized bleaching gel, mostly peroxide-based, that penetrates the teeth and dissolves the molecules that cause staining. Besides, continuous use of these whitening strips will eventually restore the natural tooth colour. 


The application period of whitening strips usually varies from a few minutes to about 30 minutes, depending on the strength of the peroxide used. However, due to the peroxide, which can cause teeth sensitivity and gum irritation, most manufacturers advice taking breaks between whitening treatments. Also, some other whitening strips contain chlorine dioxide, which can be harmful to the enamel and cause long-term tooth issues– so it is best to avoid strips that contain this agent.


Benefits of Using Whitening Strips


There are many benefits using whitening strips can offer, especially relating to ease of use and effectiveness. Using whitening strips gives you complete control over your teeth whitening process; meaning that you can do it at home whenever you want, and you can stop the treatments when you are satisfied with your results.


Unlike professional whitening treatments, whitening strips provides gradual teeth whitening process that is effective and not as sensitive to the teeth. Besides, it is a cheaper but effective alternative, as they usually cost between $20 to $50.


How Often Should You Use Whitening Strips


Most whitening strips can be used at least once or twice a day for two weeks.


In general, the frequency of your whitening strips application should depend on your needs and the type of product used. However, following the manufacturers’ instructions is best to achieve the best results.


Due to the uniqueness of every individual, factors like discoloration level, lifestyle influences and tooth sensitivity can influence how often you should use these strips. So, if you have overly sensitive teeth, you should start with a lower frequency before gradually increasing it, while remaining comfortable. On the other hand, if your teeth are very discoloured, you many need more frequent and longer treatments at the beginning.


Tips for Effective Whitening Strips Results


For maximum whitening effectiveness, follow the tips outlined below.


  • Make sure you brush your teeth before applying the strips, especially with a non-fluoridated toothpaste or none. Brushing with a wet toothbrush helps make your teeth more receptive to the whitening strips. 

  • Before application, ensure your teeth is clean and dry, as moisture can reduce the effectiveness of strips.

  • Apply the whitening strips gently on the teeth, ensuring to cover the top and bottom part of the teeth. Precisely applying the strips on the teeth will prevent uneven whitening.

  • Follow the instruction provided by the manufacturer of the whitening strips you are using, which mostly requires about 30 minutes of contact.

  • Do not let the whitening strips encounter your gums, as they contain bleaching agents.

  • Wait for about 30 minutes after removing the whitening strips before brushing your teeth with a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste to ensure the effectiveness of the whitening agents.

  • Once the strips are removed, avoid eating or drinking anything that will cause staining to the teeth for at least an hour.

  • Do not add extra peroxide to your whitening strips before use, as this can affect the adhesive property of the strip.

  • Maintain good oral hygiene by regularly brushing and flossing to prevent new stains from forming.

  • Use a whitening toothpaste combined with the whitening strips for the best whitening results. 

  • Consider touch-up treatments occasionally, to ensure effective result maintenance.

  • Limiting some lifestyle choices, like drinking coffee or smoking can enhance the effectiveness of the strips.


Risks of Overusing Whitening Strips


Overusing whitening strips can cause adverse effects on your teeth, like enamel damage, gum irritation, and extreme tooth sensitivity. So, if you are experiencing these symptoms during your teeth whitening process, you need to reduce your frequency of use or consult your dental expert. Plus, incorrect application of whitening strips can cause patchy results, causing some areas to be whiter than others.


FAQs


Can I use Teeth Whitening Strips Daily?

Yes, you can use a whitening strip every day, especially if you are doing a two or three-week treatment. It is also advisable not to exceed the recommended usage to avoid enamel damage.


Can I Use Whitening Strips Even though I have Sensitive Teeth?

If you have sensitive teeth, it is best to start using the whitening strips less often before increasing your frequency. If sensitivity increases, you need to use whitening strips formulated for sensitive teeth or stop altogether.


How Long After Using Whitening Strips Can I Drink Water?

It is advisable to wait at least 30 minutes after using whitening strips before consuming any kind of beverage, including water. This is because drinking water after whitening can dilute the bleaching agent and reduce its effectiveness.


Can I Swallow my Saliva While using Whitening Strips?

Yes, you can swallow your saliva while using whitening strips, as most bleaching agents in the strips are safe for oral use and ingestion in small amounts. But you do not need to swallow excessive amounts of saliva while using the strips.


How Soon Can I Start Seeing Whitening Results?

The results you get from whitening strips depends on the manufacturer. With some strips, you can start seeing visible results within days while with others, it may take some weeks. However, if you want to see effective results, consistently use the strips as instructed by the manufacturer.


How long Do Teeth Whitening Strip Effects Last?

Depending on your lifestyle habits, the effectiveness of the whitening strips can last for several months or less. But, if you want to prolong the effects of the whitening strips, you must keep good oral hygiene and avoid eating and during staining food and drinks.


Wrapping It Up


Whitening strips are a good and affordable choice for you if you want to remove teeth discoloration in the comfort of your home. Some strips are dissolvable, while others are not – so it is best to know the right type you should buy.


Also, if you have tooth sensitivity or heavily discoloured teeth, you may need more care than average, and may need to see a dental professional to avoid teeth problems. Nonetheless, you must pay attention when applying the strips and follow the tips discussed for effective results.

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