If you are looking for an inexpensive, easy way to get your teeth looking their best, teeth whitening kits are a great alternative to in office whitening procedures that you get at the dentist. With just a little gel placed in a tray and then placed in your mouth, you can achieve results that resemble results you would get from a dentist.

All too often, people experience staining or yellowing of the teeth. There are many factors that can contribute to yellow teeth including some medications, smoking, coffee, tea or poor oral hygiene. Another factor is age. When people get older, their teeth tend to get more yellow. But nowadays, nobody has to live life with yellow teeth. If you want to try teeth whitening kits, visit your dentist to make sure you are a good candidate. Some people with severe tooth decay or gum disease may not be able to use the trays. The gel could irritate the teeth and gums causing a lot of pain for people with unhealthy teeth. But if your teeth are in fairly good condition, you can start using a whitening kit immediately. Keep in mind that some teeth may not get the shade of white you desire. If you have a calcification white spot on your tooth, it will not go away or get bleached out. It will still be there, but may be less noticeable. Also, if your teeth are a grayish color, they may not get to the shade you want. Teeth whitening kits were designed to help people with yellow teeth or slightly stained teeth.

Start by researching the whitening kit you are interested in. Sometimes you can find reviews online or even before and after pictures. You can also price compare. Keep in mind though, some kits may be more expensive than others yet they contain the same ingredients. In this case, you are most likely paying for the brand name. Just decide on what you want to spend on the kit and find one that fits your budget.

When you get the kit home, place the bleaching gel on the tray and place the tray in your mouth. Depending on the strength of the ingredients, you may only need to leave the tray in your mouth for about 20 minutes. If the bleaching solution is a very low percentage, you may need to leave the tray in longer. Some teeth whitening kits even suggest you leave the tray in overnight. Just be sure to carefully read the directions so you can know just how long to leave the gel on your teeth. Keep in mind that you may have some tooth sensitivity for awhile after using the kit. This is normal and will go away over time. There are products such as toothpaste for sensitive teeth that you can purchase to help this mild side effect.

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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.