In today’s times everybody wants to flash an aesthetically pleasing smile. In a bid to achieve a whiter and brighter smile consumers are resorting to over-the-counter, easy-to-use products available in the supermarkets. TVCs showing the rich and the famous in their sparkling neon white, perfectly aligned teeth have been one of the biggest influences on the minds of the people to flash a smile resembling their favourite stars. Although dentists offer professional teeth whitening services, it is definitely cheaper to whiten teeth at home. And most popular home remedy today, for fixing stained or discoloured teeth is “teeth whitening strips”.
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What are they?
Teeth whitening strips are actually small pieces of polyethylene, a flexible plastic that moulds the teeth, its top surface, around the edges and into crevices between the teeth. One simply has to stick the strips onto the teeth and the peroxide works its way to whiter teeth.
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How do they work?
The strips contain peroxide which is actually a type of bleaching agent. It works to whiten your teeth the same way bleach works to whiten your clothes or your hair. The peroxide bleaches off colour from your teeth in order to restore their natural, white colour. Some strips need to be applied for a certain time period for optimum effect.
Why are they good?
The primary benefit of using these teeth whitening strips is that they are much less expensive. Clearly, at-home whitening tools are more affordable than going to the dentist to get your teeth whitened. Apart from being budget friendly, they are pretty easy to use. The kit also comes with instructions on how long to leave the strips on your teeth.
Why are they bad?
The majority of whitening strips are safe to use as they only contain peroxide; however, if you use ones that contain chlorine dioxide, you could end up destroying the enamel of your teeth. The chlorine dioxide is the same acid that is used in swimming pools to dissolve any impurities present in the water. In addition to that, there is also a risk that you may swallow the chemicals present in the whitening strips. This could be potentially harmful.
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Some of the teeth whitening kits available in India in select stores are:
Crest 3D White-strips Dental Whitening Kit
Listerine Whitening Quick dissolving strips
CVS dissolving whitening strips