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Teeth Whitening Options



Teeth whitening options

Bright pearly whites are the ultimate in a gorgeous smile, they are taken not only a sign of attractiveness, but as a sign of good health. A beautiful smile may not immediately translate into someone being an extraverted leader full of innate confidence, but you will have more confidence when you have a set of good teeth rather than those with missing or discoloured teeth that makes them cover their mouths when talking, or even when smiling.

You are constantly going to be causing further staining of your teeth. Coffee, red wine, smoking, certain foods, health conditions and simply just getting older – it can all cause your teeth to discolour and because of this, tooth whitening is generally not a once off thing.

Teeth whitening is however, a favourite topic for online beauty forums and in print magazines. With a range of home remedies regularly become top picks for suggested topics, and while many of them work very well, a lot will do more damage to your gums and your tooth enamel – even if they do get your teeth a shade whiter.

Dental Whitening Tray Systems

This is unsurprisingly the best, easiest and fastest way to whiten your teeth. Visiting a dentist like you will have a mould made of your teeth, similar to a mouth guard fitting.

Your dentist will provide you with the correct quantities of specialised tooth whitening gel, which you will then use daily. Within a few days you will usually see results.

Although you might have seen similar sounding systems advertised on late-night TV shows, going through your dental office means that your dentist is able to check your teeth prior to you starting on teeth whitening.

You want to ensure that your enamel is not damaged or weak, as any whitening treatment may cause damage and your dentist may want to work on building up an enamel coating.

Baking Soda

Baking Soda is used for everything! From deodorizing your carpets, cleaning ovens, and is a particularly popular at home resource for whitening teeth. The benefits of using baking soda is that it is inexpensive and accessible.

It also does actually work, to a degree. You won’t get fast and dramatic results, but generally you will see whiter teeth after a few weeks of using baking soda. However, it can also be quite harsh on your teeth.

People tends to brush their teeth vigorously with the paste, which can cause damage to your gums and to the enamel of your teeth, which will cause increased tooth sensitivity as well as increasing the risk for tooth decay and broken or easily chipped teeth.

Do not use this method for longer than two weeks and ensure that you are still using a fluoride toothpaste as well.

Coconut Oil

Yes, coconut oil. Although the craze for coconut oil being a cure for absolutely any and everything has passed, “Oil Pulling” is a very old Indian tradition that has been given a modern take by people using coconut oil instead of the more traditional sunflower or sesame oil.

Fans of this method say you need to use a tablespoon of oil and swish it around your mouth, including pushing and sucking it in-between teeth, for 20-30 minutes. It is purported to clean teeth and help remove bacteria, and while its fans say they have whiter teeth there doesn’t seem to be any scientific evidence to support the claim.

But… it’s unlikely to do any actual harm, so try it if you want – just don’t spit coconut oil into your sink or you might suffer from blocked drains.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Another natural product that gets a lot of favourable press for its ability to clean, cure and comfort. If rubbed on to your teeth, yes it will help remove stains, however it is a particularly harsh substance that is also going to want to remove your tooth enamel.

So is certainly not something that would be recommended for use regularly, and if you do use it be sure to rinse it really well. Do NOT use vinegar in a tooth whitening mould! This should never be something that you expose your teeth to for an extended period of time.

You might consider soaking your toothbrush in an apple cider vinegar solution and brushing your teeth once a month, again, ensuring to rinse very well. This is supposed to help remove the black staining caused by tarter build up.

Hydrogen Peroxide

This is probably the next best thing to a professional tooth whitening system you get from your dentist (see here). It is a product that is found in many of the tooth whitening gels sold in beauty magazines and informercials.

Because it is a bleach, it will work and usually quite quickly. Mix with water and swish in your mouth for around 30 seconds. Be warned though, this can cause tooth sensitivity, and gum issues, and for many people it may sting.

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