If it seems that everyone is flashing whiter brighter smiles these days, it's probably not your imagination. There are teeth-whitening options for everyone so read on and find out which one is right for you.
This is a professional tooth whitening procedure that is performed by a dentist or dental hygienist. The dentist uses a stronger whitening agent than what is available over the counter and may also use special lights or lasers to enhance the whitening effect. In the dentist's office, a special whitening agent may be painted onto your teeth. Your dentist might also use trays filled with a whitening agent. This option typically yields the fastest and most dramatic results for those who want big changes quickly.
At-home whitening kits
These are whitening products that you can use at home, usually consisting of whitening gel and trays that are customized to fit your teeth. You can purchase these kits over the counter or from your dentist. They are less expensive than in-office whitening but may take longer to achieve desired results. Some users are less than excited about the degree of whitening they see. Don't expect dramatic results from at-home kits but they can be right for some.
This is a type of toothpaste that contains mild abrasives and chemicals that help to remove surface stains from your teeth. This option is the least expensive, but it may not be as effective as other methods, especially for more severe discoloration. A word of caution is in order when it comes to this type of toothpaste. The abrasive aspect can be damaging to your dental implants and crowns. Speak with your dentist before using them.
There are some natural remedies that people use to whiten their teeth, such as oil pulling, baking soda, and activated charcoal. However, these methods are not scientifically proven to be effective and may even cause harm to your teeth if used excessively or improperly. Never attempt to use an unproven method on your teeth. Your dentist is not likely to approve of so-called natural methods of teeth whitening.
It's important to note that teeth whitening is not a permanent solution, and the results will eventually fade over time. Additionally, some people may experience sensitivity or other side effects from teeth whitening, so it's important to talk to your dentist before starting any whitening treatment.
To learn more, contact a family dentist in your area.