Teeth Whitening Home Tips
Are you looking to upgrade your smile? Want those white and bright Hollywood teeth? Getting rid of yellow teeth and other stains is now easier than ever. Modern science has made it possible for us to whiten your teeth effectively and safely. While methods like oil pulling, gargling with apple cider vinegar before brushing, lathering turmeric paste on your teeth, or rubbing lemons to whiten your teeth have no scientific basis, there are many other research-proven and evidence-based ways to whiten your teeth. It is important to note that teeth whitening techniques should not be implemented without getting your teeth examined by a dentist first. These methods only work on teeth with natural enamel, and you must have healthy gums and teeth. If you have sensitive teeth, fillers or crowns, gum disease, cavities, exposed roots, or any other kind of problems, then teeth whitening treatments could prove harmful. Also, children below the age of 16 and pregnant/ lactating women are discouraged from teeth whitening procedures.
At-Home Whitening Tips:
- Whitening Toothpaste:
These kinds of toothpaste contain a small quantity of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, which help remove surface stains and make your teeth about one shade lighter.
- Whitening Gels:
These gels are also peroxide-based and need to be applied directly to your teeth for the amount of time and the number of times instructed on the box.
- Whitening Strips:
These are thin transparent strips coated with whitening gel. You can apply them to your teeth as per the instructions given.
- Whitening Mouthwash:
These are like regular mouthwashes with an added ingredient of peroxide. They are not as effective since the exposure of teeth to the peroxide is just for a few seconds until you spit it out.
- Whitening Trays:
There are many ‘one size fits all’ mouthguard-shaped tray-based whiteners that are filled with gel and need to be worn for teeth whitening. Since these might not fit your mouth properly, they can be stressful upon your gums and teeth, therefore it is better to get them custom-made by your dentists.
The result from all of these methods might vary for every person and the kind of teeth the individual has. These techniques need to be followed for a few months or at least weeks to be able to see the change in color. Also, the effects certainly do not last for a long time. A more reliable, quicker, and long-term solution is to get your teeth bleached by a dentist. The procedure takes just about an hour. The products used by dentists have a higher strength and you have the benefit of all the extra protective measures like the application of special gels and rubber shields to protect your gums. Dentists will also be able to evaluate the exact treatment you need based on your dental history, and stains on your teeth which over-the-counter products cannot. The team at Chandler Dentistry specializes in teeth whitening and will take the time to understand your whitening goals and build an effective plan that utilizes the process that works best for you. Check out their teeth whitening process here