DIY : Teeth Whitening At Home – Select Dental – Medium

Our Torrance dentist office knows a thing or two about teeth whitening. Teeth whitening can be done at your local dentist office or at home with over-the-counter products.

Some of these at-home products may not work as effectively as professional whitening, but may still provide the same results. Whitening products generally do not show immediate results but they are easily accessible and, if used properly, safe.


There are a variety of options when it comes to whitening toothpaste. Most of these kinds of toothpaste require constant application and may take time to show results. Assuming you brush your teeth twice a day, using a whitening toothpaste may not completely whiten your teeth. However, it can be used to simply lighten your teeth by a shade or two.

Whitening Strips

Whitening strips may provide faster result since they contain bleach agents. Usually, the strips are applied to your teeth for a set amount of time. The strips are easily obtainable at most stores but are a bit more pricey than just whitening toothpaste. You should consider this option if you want faster results and don’t mind spending the extra money.

Activated Charcoal

Many activated charcoals are sold claiming to whiten teeth. While they might whiten teeth for some people, it actually hasn’t be proven to be as effective as the previously mentioned methods. Activated charcoal could damage your teeth so we recommend speaking with your dentist about this product before going forth and using it.

Think Before Buying

Everyone loves a nice, white smile but whitening your teeth does not actually provide any benefits to your dental health. Our Torrance dentist team wants to remind you that whitening is done purely for cosmetic purposes. While general whitening methods are safe, there are still some small side effects to keep in mind.

  1. Whitening products are meant for temporary use until you achieve the desired tooth color, and should not be used endlessly.

2. They have the potential to cause tooth sensitivity. You might experience this sensation when drinking or eating something hot, cold, or acidic.

3. If you accidentally get whitening products on your gums, this could cause the gums to become irritated for some time.

Looking for a convenient product that is dentist approved?

Select Dental offers at-home whitening kits available for purchase at our office. Call us at 310–953–9339 or schedule an appointment online here.

About Select Dental & Orthodontics:

Here at our Torrance dentist office, we care about the health and appearance of your teeth. We offer effective treatment plans. With over 30 years of service in the South Bay area, we offer senior discounts, affordable payment plans, transportation assistance, and many more services. To learn more, follow us Facebook and Instagram.


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