Of course your best course for teeth whitening is the professional route. But in those six months between visits, you will likely enjoy a few glasses of wine and a couple cups of coffee or tea. So taking measures to keep your teeth bright and healthy looking is advised. But there are so many teeth-whitening options.
Of course there are the whitening strips and trays we’ve all heard about. These products do tend to whiten teeth, but they take a lot of dedication. Trays and strips essentially add an extra step to your oral hygiene regiment, weighing on the principle of convenience. They also tend to be time consuming and a little messy. There is even whitening floss available, which—given the inherently minimal contact flossing has on teeth surface—has very marginal proven results.
Your best bet are products allowing you to submerge your teeth in hydrogen peroxide bases without adding steps. Given the typical dentist-recommended oral homecare consists of flossing, rinsing with an ADA-approved mouthwash and brushing, whitening toothpastes and whitening mouthwashes fit this mold.
In addition to reducing dental plaque and subsequently freshening breath, whitening mouthwashes brighten your teeth. Effectively submersing your teeth in such ingredients as hydrogen peroxide, whitening mouthwashes can produce results in as little as 12 weeks. Not believed by most in the dental community as effective as most over-the-counter whitening products, whitening mouthwashes are the most effective for the money and effort.