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Using teeth whitening products is a way to get brighter teeth or you could also go to the dentist to get a laser treatment. If you’re looking to get brighter teeth quickly, the over-the-counter teeth whitening kits may not be the best option for you. They will work, but they can take weeks and even months to brighten your teeth depending on the stubbornness of the stains on your teeth. If you have never gotten your teeth whitened or if your teeth have very dark stains on them you may need to get them professionally whitened initially, and them keep up with your whitening routine at home to maintain your pearly whites.

Get immediate Results From the Dentist

If you get your teeth whitened professionally, you can expect almost immediate results. Your dentist will most likely create a customized tray that will fit your teeth perfectly so that the peroxide in the tray will be able to reach every crevice and ridge for even whitening. Your dentist will send you home with your tray and some extra peroxide so you can continue to keep up on your whitening routine. Your dentist may also use a special laser to whiten your teeth depending on the severity of the stains on your teeth.

The At-Home Treatment

If you opt for the less-expensive at-home treatment plan, there are many products for you to choose from that you can pick up at pretty much any grocery store or drugstore. These days you can get a whitening toothpaste, chewing gums, and strips. Whitening toothpaste is effective and easy to use, but it can take weeks and even months depending on how stained your teeth are.

Chewing gum is probably a good way to keep your teeth looking nice and bright but since it doesn’t really come into contact with all of your teeth it may not be the best option to initially whiten your teeth.

Teeth-whitening strip kits are a good way to whiten your teeth at home, and they’re convenient since you can place them on your teeth and go about most of your daily activities. You don’t have to schedule an appointment and then get to your dentist office to get your teeth whitened. Teeth whitening strips will typically get your teeth whiter if you use them on a daily basis for a period of two to three weeks, so they do require some commitment if you want to get the best results.

Don’t Overdo it

You do need to be careful when using whitening strips and to carefully apply them to your teeth so that you get even whitening and avoid having parts of your teeth that are yellow. The more you whiten your teeth, the more these yellow spots will stick out. You can always use a paint-on product to try to reach the parts that the strips don’t reach and use a whitening toothpaste, but you have to be careful that you don’t overdo it and especially if you have a sensitivity to teeth-whitening products. You may need to take a break for a little while if your teeth are feeling sensitive or if your gums are feeling irritated.

So, overall, whether you go with the at-home treatment option or you go see your dentist, both will be effective. But if you’re looking for quick results, you should go to your dentist as they will have the equipment and products that’ll get your teeth whiter in no time. Just keep in mind that you will be paying more than if you use at-home products.