There are a few ways to teeth whitening, whether at the dentist or in the comfort of your own home. Here is method for a beautiful smile.

Whitening Toothpaste

The name “whitening toothpaste” is a bit misleading. This is the first method of a beautiful smile. Toothpaste can only lighten your teeth superficially by removing stains. And this is only accomplished by being more abrasive than regular toothpaste.

In reality, all toothpastes actually remove some surface stains because of their abrasiveness. Whitening tootpaste can remove staining on your teeth, but it cannot change the internal color of your teeth.

Professional Teeth Whitening at the Dentist

If you choose to have your teeth whitening by your dentist, you will come into the office fow a few 30-60 minute-long sessions. During each session, a high concentration of peroxide (20-43%) will be “painted” onto the teeth. 

A polymerization light is used to harden the gel, and it’s reapplied several times over the session. Although hydrogen peroxide can be used, carbamide peroxide is considered the industry standard, becouse it has a much longer shelf life.

Custom Whitening Trays

“The best, longest – lasting, most sustainable way to whiten your teeth is with custom whitening trays, which are made by your dentist after taking impressions of your teeth.”

Your dentist will take impressions during one visit, then check fit of the tray on another visit. You take the tray home and can keep it indefinitely, as long as your teeth stay in the same place. Then simply purchase whitening gel to use at home.

After peroxide gel is squirted into the trays, place the tray in your mouth to cover your teeth. The trays keep the whitening gel in place, surrounding all surfaces of the teeth while keeping the gel away from the gums, where it can cause harm.

Whitening Strips

Whitening strips are small pieces of a flexible plastic called polyethylene. Each flexible strip is coated with a whitening gel that contains hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. They are both effective teeth whiteners.

“Whitening strips can be dangerous because they are not custom-fit, so the whitening chemicals come into contact with the gums and other tissues in the mouth.”

When whitening strips touch other live tissue, they cause free radical reactions—the same reactions that speed up the ageing process.

Whitestrips also tend to provide uneven results. Since strips are 2-D, they do a poor job of getting into the curves in between teeth, which can make your teeth look whiter on their flat surfaces. If you have crooked teeth, even results will be hard—if not impossible—to achieve.

One important note:

The whitening gel from strips can cause excruciating pain if it enters a cavity that hasn’t been addressed because of infrequent dental appointments. That means if you haven’t been to the dentist recently, you should stay away from these whitestrips.

Baking Soda

An easy home remedy for stain removal, baking soda is another option you may want to try. While the results aren’t as clearly proven as many other methods. It’s totally non-toxic.

Research indicates that toothpastes that contain baking soda remove stains from yellowing teeth more effectively than other pastes. And the higher the concentration of baking soda, the better the results seem to be.

While you can look for kinds of toothpaste that include baking soda. The easiest way to implement this is to mix 2 teaspoons of water with a teaspoon of it. Then, dip your brush in the mixture and get to brushing.

Whitening Mouthwash / Peroxide Mouth Rinses

A mouthwash might contain the right whitening ingredient, but it is not going to whiten your teeth. 

Bleach (peroxide ) needs to be held up against the tooth for several minutes or more to seep into the inner part of tooth and produce a colour change. This can only be accomplished if it is done daily for a few weeks.

Even though the hydrogen peroxide in mouthwash isn’t effective in whitening teeth. There’s still enough of it to impact the inside of the mouth. Every time you rinse, you’re exposing the sensitive inner tissues of your mouth and gums to bleach, potentially causing harm.

Other mouth rinses use activated charcoal, which can bind to some staining compounds in tooth enamel when used in toothpaste. Again, this is probably not going to result in much of a major change to the actual color of your teeth.

Oil Pulling

his popular oral hygiene technique is one I implement regularly.  Oil pulling is a great way to balance the oral microbiome and reduce inflammation of bleeding gums/gingivitis.

While some claim that this whitening technique is one of the most effective, non-peroxide ways to whiten teeth, that’s a bit of a myth. Coconut oil does have the ability to bind to bacteria on the teeth and, therefore, remove some surface stains. But it will not “whiten” teeth anymore than swishing your mouth regularly with water.

However, since oil pulling is so good for oral hygiene in general, I include it on this list as a combo method of stain removal and stain prevention.

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