Even though whitening strips are known to work in the endeavour to whiten teeth, they have the worst reputation for effectiveness. Most people who opt for whitening strips only reach it as a financial compromise and often end up frustrated and dissatisfied. It is a fact that most popular concierge dental practitioners turn down requests from clients who prefer using dental strips to other more effective but costlier methods of teeth whitening. They claim they would rather be known to turn away clients than to let them down. Nevertheless, whitening strips have helped those who have been diligent in the process and patient enough to see the process through. Therefore, we shall explore the treatment, how it should be conducted and what to have in mind before indulging your dentist should you feel you need to make the compromise to better your colour-faded smile.

The Product That Is a Whitening strip

Whitening strips are little pieces of polyethylene plastic are coated with whitening gel. The gel has within it either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. The gel is meant to whiten your teeth by making contact with the discoloured surface of your teeth and consequently causing reactions that erode that thin surface. The strips are one dimensional and obviously miss the surfaces where your teeth overlap. The strips, also in an effort to prevent the gel from harming your teeth via vigorous reaction, limit the concentration of the peroxides to only a subtle amount. The peroxides are subtle enough to prevent immediate harm to your teeth but not subtle enough to prevent your gums from harm in case of the often hard to prevent contact with your gums. Some people prevent such contact via tumultuous efforts such as cutting the strips to only cover the surface of the teeth.

So apart from causing yellow spots on overlapping areas of the teeth, whitening strips could also cause gum damage. Often, patients have been faced with the challenge of choosing between completely covering the surface of their teeth but enduring the pain and sensitivity that comes with it or placing it safe and ending up with yellow spots which will be more pronounced than before.

The other challenge that faces patients is that whitening strips could take over six months to achieve their purpose. They never achieve immediate or short-term results. In that period of compromised patience, sensitivity in the teeth and gums features dominantly. In fact, it is only due to that reason that most patients often drop out of the whitening process in frustration. Also, if overdone, the process could ultimately damage a patient’s teeth and result in worse appearance and diminished teeth functionality.

Remember the main reason a good number of patients wishing to undertake the slow process of whitening teeth with whitening strips has always been for financial compromise. So, if the effectiveness is low and one has to purchase another set of strips, would it not beat the financial benefit? Would it not cost more to visit a dentist a second time to consult and to purchase more strips? It would certainly beat the purpose.

Therefore, even though you should appreciate that whitening strips do work, it would be futile to do so without acknowledging that they bring with them some very fundamental obstacles to the purpose they serve

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