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New Year, Brighter Smile!

Hannah Johnson - Wednesday, January 08, 2020 - 

If you’ve got a special event coming up and are looking for a quick teeth whitening fix, then you may be tempted to try out any and every whitening option available in stores. From whitening toothpaste to whitening mouthwash, finding the best whitening product for your specific needs is important. Read on to learn more about our thoughts on the three most popular ways to whiten your teeth at home:

Whitening Toothpaste:
It seems that nowadays, every popular dental health brand has a toothpaste aimed directly at whitening. According to , whitening toothpastes are generally safe for daily use, but should not be used more often than the label indicates. Whitening toothpastes are a great addition to any dental care routine, but will not produce instant results. It can take from two to six weeks to make the teeth appear whiter depending on the surface level stains at hand. Another aspect to consider is whether the toothpaste contains fluoride. Because fluoride fights cavities and gum disease, it is important to find a whitening toothpaste that includes fluoride in its ingredients.

Whitening Strips:
Whitening strips have increased in popularity due to their easy application, but they may not always be the best option. These flexible, plastic strips are most often composed of a thin layer of peroxide, designed to remove surface-level stains. As more of the leading dental companies release these whitening strips, it is important to note that whitening strips can cause extreme tooth sensitivity if not used correctly. Depending on the brand, some whitening strips may offer adhesives that fail to properly stick to the teeth, which can lead to problematic areas on the teeth where the whitening gel isn’t applied properly. While some whitening strips produce great temporary results, they should not be used more than instructed. If whitening strips are the best option for your budget, then be sure to consult a dentist for expert advice before purchasing.

Whitening Trays:
Our personal favorite way to whiten your teeth safely is with whitening trays. Take-home whitening trays still allow for that at home convenience that is desired and may be a better option than whitening strips. Most whitening trays are ready-to-wear and only require about 15 minutes of use per day! The great thing about whitening trays is that they conform to any smile, and most whitening trays do not require any impressions or molds. Opalescence Go is a brand that we personally trust to deliver convenient teeth whitening in the comfort of your own home. The Opalescence Go whitening gel contains potassium nitrate as well as fluoride, which as mentioned earlier, is vital for your teeth.

If you are searching for a quick way to temporarily whiten your teeth, then our personal recommendation is Opalescence Go. Also be sure to find a whitening toothpaste that contains fluoride to give your teeth that added whitening boost! We currently sell Opalescence Go trays for $99 (10 trays) or for $12 each. If you have any impending questions about whitening your teeth quickly, then be sure to ask your dentist instead of relying on random over-the-counter whitening products.

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