teeth whitening products

About teeth whitening products

Tooth whitening or tooth bleaching is a popular modern cosmetic treatment that produces lightening of the teeth. Teeth whitening products have become very popular and sought after in the UK, with a burgeoning marketplace of teeth whitening products in various for factors and styles to provide consumers with ways to lighten their teeth at home.

It’s not for everyone and it is probably best to speak to a dentist familiar with your mouth to determine whether or not you should buy teeth whitening products and if so, which ones you should go for. They come with certain risks and may even be ineffective.

None of the information featured here is medical advice, nor an endorsement of teeth whitening products.

With that out of the way, let’s look at the different kinds of teeth whitening products on the market:

Different types of teeth whitening products:

There are lots of different teeth whitening products on the market. Here’s a selection of the different types available that you can buy online on popular stores such as Amazon:

Whitening Strips

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teeth whitening strips on Amazon.co.uk

Whitening strips are billed as a convenient way to enhance your smile. With an application time of 30 minutes to an hour, they are designed to be used daily or weekly to help maintain your healthy smile.

The active ingredients tend to be either hydrogen peroxide or PAP (Phthalimidoperoxyxcaproic Acid).  

This page features a list of the best whitening strips as voted for by customers on popular online stores.

LED Teeth Whitening Kits

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LED Teeth Whitening Kits on Amazon

LED Teeth Whitening Kits are teeth whitening products sold in kit form that come with a light emitter, gum shield, applicators and whitening gel.

The idea is you put gel on the mouthguard and then bite down and hold it in your mouth with the blue LED light attachment switched on and attached to the front for 10mins or so and it gives you whiter teeth after a few uses.

Depending on your trust of online reviews, you may conclude that these are a good way to achieve results when you see what others are saying about this type of DIY treatment.

Toothpaste

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Colgate Max White Toothpaste. Ultimate!

Yes, that perennial teeth whitening product, good old toothpaste.

Whilst it’s nothing new, toothpaste makers have been working to perfect toothpaste solutions that offer effective tooth whitening and there are lots of different choices on the market nowadays that all claim to be very good at lifting stains and restoring whiteness without damaging the enamel on your teeth.

Tooth Gel Pens

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Tooth Gel Pens

Tooth gel pens are pens that contain a tooth whitening solution that you rub on your teeth as if you were colouring them in with a Sharpie.

They don’t seem to have many outstanding reviews, with most people saying they work a little but don’t do much. See for yourself on the link below:

Mouthwash

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Whitening Mouthwash

Yes, there’s even tooth whitening mouthwash. Lots of different manufacturers market different kinds of mouthwash that feature varying ingredients that claim to make a difference to the whiteness of your teeth.

They tend to be a supplementary product as opposed to a stand-alone solution but they are popular amongst users with many reviewers expressing their happiness at the effects of mouthwash for tooth whitening.

Should I use teeth whitening products?

This is a matter of personal choice but we would recommend consulting your dentist before buying any teeth whitening products so that you can be sure which ones will work, which ones might cause issues and whether a course of treatment from them might be a better option.

It’s easy to see why they are so popular. They’re readily available and sellers/manufacturers make bold claims about their efficacy, with users backing them up in review sections on sites like Amazon.

If your dentist clears them for use in your regime, then surely there are many teeth whitening products that will offer you plenty of ways to keep your teeth white and healthy at the same time.

If you don’t consult your dentist and just go ahead and try out some or all of these products, you could run into problems with pain, sensitivity and damage to tooth enamel and gums, so just be careful and weigh up the risks before diving head-first in, perhaps.

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