A few years ago, I made a conscious decision to start drinking coffee. It seemed like a good idea at the time. But now my once pearly whites are starting to look a bit, well, stained. There are plenty of “teeth whitening” products, but do any of ‘em really work?
I’m hardly the first person to ask. Yahoo! Answers hosts a slew of inquiries about various teeth whitening products. Some folks want to know if the products are worth the money. Other, less skeptical people simply want to know how they work. I did some research and found a few answers…
From what I can tell, most experts believe that teeth whitening products do work, although results (of course!) tend to vary. An article from The Boston Channel quotes a doctor from Tufts School of Dental Medicine. He explains that “some of the products work quite well,” but it all depends on the concentration of peroxide. That’s the stuff that bleaches your teeth. For example, the take home strips you often see at the drug store have a relatively low percentage of peroxide, “usually about 3 percent.” Meanwhile, according to the article, a professional bleaching done at your dentist’s office will use about 35% peroxide.
Of course, there is a big price difference between a simple at-home treatment and going into the dentist for a professional job. A Denver News article writes that most at-home whitening strips cost around $25. Meanwhile, having your teeth whitened by your dentist will run you well into the hundreds. It’s also worth noting that all the treatments require maintenance. You may see an improvement, but drink more coffee and its back to brown town.
Do you guys have experience with teeth whiteners? Have they worked well for you? Any tips on getting the most “bang for your buck”? Please leave a comment below.
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