You always wanted that set of perfect white teeth Hollywood stars have. And you know well enough that professional teeth whitening can cost hundreds and hundreds of dollars. You might just want to settle for your unappealing smile just for now. But worry no more. There are thousands of over-the-counter teeth whitening products you can choose from to get that winning smile. You can try whitening strips, tray-based whitening systems or teeth whitening gels. Teeth whitening gels are often regarded as the easiest step to that perfect Hollywood smile. Plus they are very affordable and totally risk- free. Prices range from $10 to $40 or so. Bleaching gels are designed to loosen up food stains and effectively remove them completely, thus giving you pearly white teeth. To get you started, here are some quick tips on how to use teeth whitening gels.

1. Brush your teeth before applying the gel

Brushing your teeth quickly eliminates in between food remains. Brushing is the first, most vital step in teeth whitening. Don’t brush your teeth too hard, use short brushing motion to clean both side of the teeth. You can use either up or down or back and forth strokes.

2. Put the gel on your bottom tooth first

Apply the gel on the lower part of your teeth.  Do this after your teeth are dry from brushing. You start putting the gel on the bottom part of your teeth since this is the most heavily stained portion.

3. Let the air circulate in your mouth

To help set the teeth whitening gel, you need to open your mouth for at least 30 seconds. This would let the air into your mouth which allows the gel to settle.

4. Apply only one coat

Do not think that the more coat of teeth whitening gel you apply on your teeth, the whiter your teeth gets. You’re wrong. Putting multiple coats doesn’t speed up the teeth whitening process.  Reapplication may wipe out the earlier coat you put on your teeth. Don’t worry of not evenly applying the gel. Uneven coat layers would not affect the outcome.

5. Abstain from drinking or eating staining beverages or food

Do away from dark-colored liquids and food such as coffees and colas. These can easily discolor your teeth. During the whitening treatment, drinking or eating such would interrupt the teeth whitening process. Drinking water is greatly recommended.

6. Stop smoking

Aside from the fact that cigarette smoking is hazardous to your health and that of others, smoking is the primary cause of teeth discoloration. Tartar, which is the main ingredient of cigarettes, is chief cause of teeth darkening.

7. Religiously apply the gel every night

You have to apply the teeth whitening gel every night for two weeks. It is strongly recommended not to miss a single night of application. If you do, just use the gel the next night to complete the 14 day therapy.

Teeth whitening gels are very easy to use. You can get favorable instant results the next day. They are totally safe; accidentally swallowing a negligible amount is absolutely not health-threatening. Although this is a do-it-yourself product, it is always advisable to consult your dentist before using them.  There might be some dental issues that prevent teeth whitening gels to take its full effect on your teeth.

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