Walk down the dental care aisle of any drug store and you will find several different types of teeth whitening products. Everything from whitening toothpastes to whitening strips to teeth whitening kits complete with peroxide gel and trays. Which type you choose is up to your preference and budget. If you are searching for the quickest way to get results, you may want to purchase an actual teeth whitening kit. While the other products such as toothpastes and chewing gum promise a whiter smile, you may have to use them for quite some time before you see any results.

Teeth whitening kits offer fast results because they use a bleaching agent called carbamide peroxide. Depending on the strength of the solution, you can get your teeth whiter in a matter of minutes. Before you purchase your kit, do some research online. Find out the different prices, solution strengths, read reviews and other information about the product. Even though the packaging of some of the kits may be different, chances are they all have the same ingredient. Carbamide Peroxide. If you purchase a teeth whitening kit with a solution concentration of 10% or less, you may have to use the product longer than you would with a kit containing 20% solution. In short, the smaller the percentage of peroxide, the less effective it will be. So you may be thinking that a higher percentage will give you the best results. While that is true, you may also experience more tooth sensitivity when it comes to drinking cold or hot beverages. So be careful which kit you choose. Some even come with ingredients that claim to help relieve tooth sensitivity so you may want to look into those. Or you can just purchase a toothpaste over the counter that helps with tooth sensitivity.

Sometimes dentists will carry teeth whitening kits for their patients to purchase. If you purchase one from your dentist, he or she may know a little bit about the kits so if you have any questions, make sure you ask them.

The cost of teeth whitening kits is pretty reasonable compared to in-office whitening procedures. Those can cost anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to a thousand dollars, and at home kits can run anywhere from $30 to $100. Much more reasonable! And just because it costs less does not mean it doesn’t work as well. Just do some research and find a kit that you feel will work best for you.

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Editor's Note: Peter Morgan is a health writer on subjects regarding teeth whitening kits, teeth whitening gel as well as the latest technology and information on teeth whitening methods.