Teeth whitening strips have become increasingly popular for those who wish to have whiter teeth. The reason for this is because of their ease of use as the treatment is carried out at home, affordability and availability.
So what are the pros and cons of teeth whitening strips?
Well let’s start with the pros
Ease Of Use
Teeth whitening strips are usually sold in kits that you use for 14 days in order to achieve maximum results. The step by step instructions are easy to follow, with the strips simply being applied to the teeth as instructed and left for the stated amount of time.
Each treatment includes two whitening strips. One strip is placed across the top teeth at the front and the second strip to the bottom row of teeth. You are then free to do other things while the strips do their work.
Can Be Incredibly Effective
Teeth whitening strips can be incredibly effective at whitening the teeth. Some individuals report seeing dramatic results as early as three days into the 14 day cycle.
Whitening strips are affordable for all, as opposed to laser whitening treatments. An average whitening strip kit costs approximately £40. They are also more cost effective than tooth whitening toothpastes.
Whitening strips are a quick and cheap way in which to instantly brighten your smile. If you wish to have whiter teeth for a special occasion and don’t want to spend a fortune, then whitening strips are a good choice.
Here are the cons
Will Not Last Forever
The whitening effects will last for 6 months to a year. The results can be prolonged by using a whitening toothpaste and abstaining from food and drink that may stain the teeth such as coffee.
Not Suitable For Children
Children and pregnant women are advised not to use whitening strips. Although there are none known side effects, this precaution should be followed.
They Can Fall Off
The strips may become loose and fall off during treatment and are not really recommended for use while sleeping for this reason.
One Whitening Strip For All
As teeth whitening strips are intended for home use and can be simply bought ‘off the shelf’, they are not individually made to perfectly fit every shape of mouth. The amount of bleaching agent that is used can also vary widely between manufacturers. This is why some individuals see great results while others see less dramatic results. This is just something to be aware of when purchasing your kit.