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Teeth whitening strips are a fairly new invention. Teeth whitening strips are sold over the counter in most drug stores. Proctor and Gamble introduced their first line of teeth whitening strips (Crest Whitestrips) in the year 2000. Since then the market has been flooded with similar products. These include Listerine Teeth Whitening Strips or Rembrandt Teeth Whitening Strips.

Teeth whitening is perfect for young patients who have healthy, cavity free, unrestored teeth (no fillings) and gingival tissues. Studies have shown that patients with yellow tones to their teeth respond best to teeth whitening, whereas gray and see through teeth do not. But this cosmetic procedure is not recommended for everyone. That is where teeth whitening strips come in. They are far less expensive than other options including in office teeth whitening treatments.

Teeth Whitening Strips – What Are They?

The idea behind teeth whitening strips is quite simple. They give a person a way to perform a gradual effective teeth whitening treatment on their own. Teeth whitening strips are very thin, virtually invisible strips, that are coated with a mild peroxide based whitening gel. By wearing the strips as noted on the product packaging, the gel comes into contact with the surface of your teeth and works to slowly take away surface staining. They also remove some stains from within the enamel. The strips are recommended to be applied twice daily for 30 minutes for 14 days. Initial results can be seen in as little as a few days and final results are maintained for about 3-4 months.

The peroxide gel on the teeth whitening strip works by slowly bleaching your teeth. Most teeth whitening strips come in a larger size for the upper teeth and a smaller size for the lower teeth. The patient is instructed to press the teeth whitening strips around your teeth to make a tight contact. The gel then contacts your enamel and begins its work when it heats up to body temperature. Various products contain different amounts of peroxide so usage instructions will vary from brand to brand.

Over the counter teeth whitening strips contain roughly between 3% to 10% hydrogen peroxide. Professional teeth whitening strips (available only through a dentist) usually contain somewhere in the neighborhood of 15%-30% hydrogen peroxide. Teeth whitening procedures conducted in dental offices contain hydrogen peroxide in the range of 20%- 38%. So as you can see by those numbers the rate of effectiveness will vary for each technique.

Teeth Whitening Strips – Are They Effective?

Yes! Teeth whitening strips can be very effective at what they do. Remember, they will not whiten fillings or crowns, so be careful not to over do it and make dark crowns, fillings stand out. It is always important to remember to follow all instructions on the packaging. Choose the teeth whitening strip that fits you and your lifestyle. If you feel that using strips twice a day for 30 minutes at a time seems like a long time then you need to consider other options. Like a 1 hour in office procedure.
It is always best to talk to your dentist first before starting any tooth whitening regimen. Some types of dental work such as bonding, crowns, veneers or bridges will not whiten, leaving an uneven appearance. Some stains will not whiten well with teeth whitening strips, such as Tetracycine stains and fluorosis (brown or white spots).  Also, some types of stains are the result of unhealthy teeth, whitening can exacerbate an already delicate oral health situation. Any teeth whitening procedure works best immediately following a thorough professional dental cleaning. An appointment with your dentist is the best way to start any teeth whitening process, saving you time, money, and helping you get the best results.

Disadvantages of Teeth Whitening Strips

Teeth whitening strips are a one size fits all entity. So they may not fit everyone exactly the same. Again, read the packaging carefully to find the right size for you. You need to think about how many teeth you need to whiten based on your smile for the length of the strips.

In comparison, dentist observed custom tray systems are molded to fit your mouth perfectly. These leaves zero coverage issues and gives a more uniform end result with consistent bleaching throughout the mouth.

While teeth whitening strips are effective, dentist observed treatments are more effective. They give a more uniform bleaching of teeth as well as give you the convenience of finishing treatment faster.

Side Effects From Teeth Whitening Strips

Crest Whitening Strips

Crest Teeth Whitening Strips

Two main complaints regarding teeth whitening strips are tooth sensitivity and gingival irritation. Teeth sensitivity generally correlates with the strength and amount of peroxide in the bleaching gel. If you have had a history of tooth sensitivity in the past it is best to choose a lower dose peroxide teeth whitening strip. The major cause of gingival irritation occurs when patients apply the strip over the gums or part of the gums. If either of these occur you should stop use of the whitening strips for 24-48 hours. This should be enough time for the sensitivity and irritation to resolve itself.

In conclusion, teeth whitening strips are an effective alternative to the traditional dentist observed teeth whitening systems. As always remember to maintain a good dental hygiene program and visit your dentist and hygienist regularly.

 

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For most women finding the perfect shade of lipstick can be tricky. Lipstick color can be based on your mood, color of your outfit, or just about anything. But did you know that finding the perfect shade of lipstick can also make your teeth appear whiter and

Lipstick color choice makes teeth look white

Lipstick Color can equal whiter looking teeth

brighter? Teeth whitening is not ideal for every patient whether it is due to cost, previous restorations (i.e. dental bonding or crowns), or sensitive teeth. Luckily, there is an alternative to making your teeth appear whiter. The answer to making your teeth appear whiter? Picking the right shade and tint of lipstick. Most women are aware that bright true reds are perfect for this. They reflect the white off your teeth enhancing them in the process creating the illusion of whiter teeth.

The lipstick and soft tissue surrounding the teeth acts as a frame for your smile. The darker lipstick colors offer a direct contrast thus enhancing a person’s smile.

Beauty experts say the trick is to select a cool toned lipstick with blue undertones that will counteract the yellowing of our teeth. This will make your teeth appear instantly whiter in contrast against the lipstick. Seemingly, instant teeth whitening.

Various companies have marketed this in the past including some of the biggest names in cosmetics like Clinique and MAC.

Here are some tips to help make your teeth look whiter:

-Choose a contrasting lip color. A punch of red or pink on your lips stands out from your dazzling smile while beige or orangey shades blend into discolored teeth. Bright orange and yellow toned reds, actually emphasize the yellow tones that can be in your teeth. Additionally, frosty lipsticks and mattes can accentuate the stains in your teeth and also make your teeth look dull and lifeless. Remember to check your teeth after applying lipcolor to assure it is not on your teeth!

-Choose lipsticks with blue undertone shades, such as bright pinks and reds. They pick up the reflective edging on your teeth making your smile appear whiter.  A good example of this is MAC Dark Side. This is a bold, deep berry lipstick that is perfect for winter. It has cool purple-blue undertones and can be intensified or muted. It is the perfect contrast for making your teeth appear whiter.

-Experiment with bronzing. Darker complexions can offset white teeth. Sweep bronzer over the high points of your face. These areas include the hairline, bridge of your nose, cheek bones and tip of your chin. Your teeth will receive an instant benefit and appear whiter.

-Sparkle it up!. Dab an opalescent illuminator on the Cupid’s bow of your mouth. This allows the white luminescence to pick up reflection off your teeth.

-Save the gold tones for your eyelids and avoid gold tones near your lips or teeth. The shine from gold too closely resembles yellow. This will accentuate stains and make teeth appear darker yellow.

Wearing the right colors close to your face also helps your teeth to look whiter. In general, brunettes should wear tops and scarves that are bright white or jewel-tone colors such as ruby red or emerald green; blondes should choose summery pastels. If you’re a strawberry blonde, you can wear spring colors with a dash of yellowish undertones such as tomato red; and if you are a redhead you’d look great wearing autumn shades such

Whiter teeth from lipstick color

Whiter Teeth Due to Lipstick Color

as rust and off-white.

Of course, everyone’s coloring is unique. So have fun and experiment! Pull out different clothing colors and lip shades, and try them out in front of your bathroom mirror. Watch how the shade of your teeth seems to suddenly and miraculously improve with the right colors.

Try to Experiment: Try on a blue based berry colored lipstick. Look at your teeth. Wipe off the lipstick and try on an orange lipstick with yellow undertones or swipe on some nude lipstick. Check out your smile. Can you see the difference in how your teeth look?

Top Shades of Lipstick to Make Teeth Appear Whiter and Brighter
1. Pale Pink – bright, shimmery pale pinks. These can bring out the whiteness that is naturally in your smile.
2. Sheer Pink – glossy, pinks with a berry tint can lift and enhance the brightness of your teeth.
3. Light Pink – matte rose shades with blue undertones will really make your smile pop out. Very dramatic.
4. Bright Pink – bubble gum or fuchsia color with an electric blue base will make your smile look dramatically whiter.
5. Bright Red – bold, opaque reds can make your teeth look up to 2 shades whiter.
So, if you want a whiter smile today reach into the lipstick drawer and use color to make it happen.
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