3 Teeth Whitening Options

Dentist Blog

Over time, regardless of how well you brush and floss, your teeth will start to yellow and discolor and won't be that white, vibrant color you crave. However, this doesn't have to be the case. If you are dissatisfied with the color of your teeth, you have a number of different whitening options at your fingertips.

A Natural Method

If your teeth aren't horribly stained or discolored and you are just looking for a small pick-me-up, then you might want to first try a natural method of whitening your teeth at home. One popular teeth whitening option is to add baking soda to your brushing routine. All you need to do is to apply a small amount of baking soda to your toothpaste and then work the baking soda into your teeth in small circles. Don't try this often every day, as the abrasive nature of baking soda can wear down the enamel in your teeth. Instead, try it a few times a week.

Over-the-Counter Options

For stains and coloration that is a bit darker and that may not see the greatest results with natural methods, there are plenty of over-the-counter tooth whitening products available for you. One such option are teeth whitening strips. These strips come applied with a small amount of tooth whitening solution, and you apply them to both your upper and bottom teeth every day for a few weeks. Usually, you will only see a shade difference once you have finished your strips, but it won't be as dramatic as if you were to get professional whitening.

Another at-home over-the-counter option for you to try are gels meant for teeth whitening. These gels are painted directly onto your teeth and usually left on overnight. In the morning, you can brush your teeth as normal. These gels should be used for a few weeks for best results.

Professional Options

If the above options didn't get you the results you wanted, or you just know that you are looking for more dramatic, faster results, try professional teeth whitening at a cosmetic dentistry office. For a professional tooth whitening, your dentist will apply a whitening product directly to the teeth. They will then expose the teeth to a light or heat in order to help the product work. Unlike over-the-counter options that only use 10% hydrogen peroxide in their solutions, professional whitening uses about 30% to 45%, so you can often get as much as an eight-shade difference!

If you are frustrated with the color of your teeth, try out some of the methods above to see if you can get your teeth the bright shade you crave.


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