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If you’re interested in whitening your smile within the walls of your own home, our Oakmont Family Dentists team has some helpful information for you! There are many different teeth-whitening options in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, and it’s best to do your research before you pick one. It’s important to choose a whitening system that will brighten your smile and care for your oral health. So, to help you know a little more about each product, Dr. Todd S. Resek and Howard C. Nader and our team have provided the following information:

Whitening toothpaste
Even though all types of toothpaste help remove stains from your smile, whitening toothpaste has gentle polishing agents and additional stain removal characteristics. The paste will typically have carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide to whiten the color deep in the tooth.

Whitening strips
Whitening strips are thin strips that are virtually invisible. They are coated with a peroxide-based whitening gel and they fit right over your smile. Generally, you will need to wear a strip twice a day for 30 minutes each time. Within about 14 days, you should start seeing results.

Whitening gel
Whitening gel is a peroxide-based product that is painted onto your teeth with a small brush. Please be sure to follow the instructions on the kit because too much gel can harm your teeth and affect your gums. You should see whitening results within a few days.

Whitening mouthwash
Not only does whitening mouthwash brighten your smile, but it also freshens your breath, reduces dental plaque, and decreases your chances of developing gum disease. The mouthwash includes ingredients that will help you achieve your smile results in no time. Within about 12 weeks, you should start seeing brighter results.

If you would like to know more or if you would like to ask your dentist for additional whitening tips, please call 412-828-3311 today and schedule an appointment. The more you know about over-the-counter whitening products, the better!