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For those wishing to save money and perfect the brightness of their smile from the comfort of their homes, there are many safe and affordable over the counter home teeth whitening options available.

You don’t have to look far to find the benefits of these easily accessible alternatives to professional teeth whitening.

Your choice of at home teeth whitening product should be dependent on your personal targets and preferences. Whether your priorities are in cost, speed, power or safety there will be a suitable over the counter or possibly natural teeth whitening option out there for you.

Here are some of the best home teeth whitening options currently available.

Teeth Whitening Kits

As one of the most common methods of home teeth whitening, teeth whitening kits have been around for some time and come in a wide variety of brands and applications.

Most of the teeth whitening kits provide a mouthpiece, either one-size-fits-all or bendable and a whitening agent containing either hydrogen peroxide or carbomide peroxide.

Although generally not as powerful as their professional counterparts, at home whitening kits can still provide a significant whitening effect on teeth.

Teeth whitening kits are available for a fraction of the price of professional whitening methods and are easily accessible at most pharmacies.

While using at home teeth whitening kits are generally considered to be relatively safe for most adults, there are some factors that should be taken into consideration when deciding whether or not to choose this method.

Bleaching substances are dangerous to swallow and have been known to cause sensitivity to teeth through prolonged use.

Those who have existing medical conditions or are going through pregnancy should speak with their dentist before considering any home teeth whitening methods.

Whitening Strips

An effective method for teeth whitening at home is the use of teeth whitening strips. These relatively inexpensive whitening strips can be bought easily over the counter in most pharmacies. They come in the form of thin plastic strips that are coated in peroxide, which can be applied to the teeth for varying amounts of time daily.

As an effective home teeth whitening method, results should be visible after just a few days.

Although teeth whitening strips are generally considered safe to use for most adults, those with existing conditions and pregnant women should seek professional medical advice before using them.

Prolonged use of teeth whitening strips may result in tooth sensitivity and whitening strips that contain chlorine dioxide have the potential to cause damage to tooth enamel.

Thinning or damaged tooth enamel may result in yellow teeth.

Whitening Toothpaste

If you’ve visited a pharmacy recently you may have noticed the great amount of toothpastes available that claim to have teeth whitening abilities. Although not as powerful as other over the counter products available, many whitening toothpastes can help to give you a winning edge in the quest to reclaim your sparkling smile.

Typically, there a two different types of whitening toothpaste available; the abrasive kind that work to lift stains from the surface of the discoloured and stained teeth and the bleaching kind that work to lighten the teeth with bleaching ingredients.

Abrasive whitening toothpastes work by scrubbing the surface of the teeth to remove surface stains, resulting in teeth that appear moderately whiter.

Overuse of abrasive materials on the teeth may cause thinning of the enamel, which can make teeth appear darker or yellow. For this reason, some would recommend the use of non-abrasive teeth bleaching methods.

Bleaching toothpastes and teeth whitening gels contain ingredients such as hydrogen peroxide or carbomide peroxide and physically change the colour of tooth enamel for whiter teeth.

Prolonged use of bleaching agents may cause some teeth sensitivity.

Whitening mouthwash

Mouth rinses with whitening abilities are an excellent addition to your daily oral care routine.

Modern whitening mouth rinses often include polymer to both remove stains and discolouration and also protect the teeth from further staining and discolouration.

With added fluoride, your mouth rise will be able to offer additional strengthening of your teeth.

As an everyday home teeth whitening method, whitening mouth rinses such as the new CB12 White offer a safe and easy opportunity to achieve whiter teeth while maintaining day-to-day pleasant breath.