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Going to the dentist isn't any fun, but it is one of those things that just has to be done. For years, I fought the process and didn't go for my regular cleanings and in the end, it sure didn't pay to do so. I ended up spending ten times as much time in the chair and a boat-load of money in dental repairs. If you don't like going to the dentist, you can make it easier on yourself. This blog will show you a few tips that can help you improve the experience and get through the treatment without as much discomfort.

going to the dentist with less anxiety

A Look At The Different Types Of Teeth-Whitening Kits You Can Buy

Jordan Arnold

There are several ways to brighten your teeth. You can buy products over the counter or get them from your dentist. Teeth-whitening kits you get from a dentist have a stronger bleaching gel, so those typically get the fastest and best results, but over-the-counter kits can work, too. Here's a look at the different types of teeth-whitening kits you can buy.

Gel Trays

You can buy kits with trays that hold whitening gel. If you get a kit from a dentist, you can have custom trays made. However, you can also use trays you buy off the shelf. The kit contains the tray and the bleaching gel. You place the gel in the tray and then put the tray in your mouth so the gel is pressed against all the surfaces of your teeth.

You might prefer gel trays over strips and pens since you get better coverage with a gel. Your kit may also contain whitening toothpaste. Once you have your tray, you can buy refill gel so you don't have to buy a new kit for ongoing whitening at home.

LED Light Trays

If you've ever had whitening at your dentist's office, you may have had a light applied that caused the whitening gel to be more effective. You can buy kits that contain gel and an LED light to get a similar effect.

These kits usually contain toothpaste you use right before applying the gel, gel, a mouth tray, and an LED light. The gel is applied to the tray or to your teeth, then the mouth tray is put in and the LED light is turned on so the tray lights up.

These teeth-whitening kits come with enough supplies for multiple treatments. You might take daily treatments for a few weeks to reach your desired shade and then use the kit less often to maintain your white smile.

Whitening Strips

Whitening strips are one of the more affordable types of teeth whitening, but they may not be as effective as gel since the concentration of peroxide is lower. Some strips come in a kit that contains an LED light. You apply a strip over your front teeth and then apply the light device to your teeth. This can obtain better results than using strips alone.

Teeth-whitening kits should be used as directed on the label so you don't develop tooth sensitivity or gum irritation. If you're having trouble finding a kit that works without having side effects, get advice from your dentist about teeth whitening and managing tooth sensitivity.