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Over-the-counter whitening treatments are great options if you are interested in brightening your smile within the walls of your own home. However, there are some treatments that can harm your teeth and irritate your gums, which is why it’s smart to do your research so you can choose the best product available.

There are many different types of over-the-counter whitening treatments in the world today, and some of those treatments are:

Whitening toothpaste
Whitening toothpaste contains mild abrasives and gentle polishing or chemical agents that provide an effective stain-removal job. The toothpaste does not generally contain bleach—it contains carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide to help remove surface stains from your smile. This paste can lighten the color deep in your teeth by about one shade.

Whitening strips
Whitening strips are thin, clear products that are virtually invisible. They are coated with peroxide-based gel and they should be worn twice a day for 30 minutes each time. The kit should last about two weeks and you should begin to see results within three or four days. The final results should remain for about four months.

Whitening gel
Whitening gel is a clear, peroxide-based product that is applied directly to your teeth with a small brush. Each product will have specific instructions for the best results possible, so make sure you follow those instructions so you keep your smile safe and protected.

Whitening mouthwash
Whitening mouthwash can freshen your breath, prevent plaque growth, and brightening your smile. This product has whitening ingredients, like hydrogen peroxide, to help you reach the white smile results you are looking for. Typically, your teeth should appear whiter within about 12 weeks of using the rinse.

Now, before you choose a treatment, our American Fork Family Dentist team encourages you to call 801-756-2809 today and schedule an appointment with your dentist. If you come into our office, Dr. Clayton M. Hansen will be happy to examine your smile and give you advice on the best whitening treatment for your chompers. We look forward to helping you!