Everyone’s dream is to have that perfect white smile seen in the movies. That dream is not as far away as you think. There are some basic techniques that don’t demand too much effort in order to make your teeth shiny, clean and white.
Prevention is the best and most natural way of keeping your teeth clean and white. What should you prevent? Any food or drink that is dark and can stain your teeth. This includes coke, coffee, strong tea, red wine, beets. It doesn’t mean never to eat or drink any of these substances but to try and avoid over-use.
2. Baking soda and lemon juice
There are a number of reasons why teeth become yellow in the first place the main one being the staining and break down of the enamel which is the white outer layer of the tooth. As the enamel breaks down it reveals the layer beneath it- the dentin- which has a yellow color.
Baking soda is a mild abrasive material that can scrape away outer stains on the enamel of the tooth. The lemon juice acts as a natural bleacher, but should not be used daily because it is very acidic. It is also possible to just mix the baking soda with water. Just brush the paste on to your teeth and after a minute or so rinse off.
3. Over the counter whiteners
They’re everywhere- In the supermarket or the pharmacy. They come in strips, toothpaste, mouth-rinse or gels.
Whitening Toothpaste-All toothpastes have some abrasive qualities and can help remove certain stains from your teeth. Some whitening toothpastes contain special additional chemical agents or polishing qualities that give an extra stain removal effect.
Whitening strips and gels- the gels usually contain peroxide substances which is a kind of bleach that helps lighten deeper stains in the tooth. Whitening strips are very thin strips almost invisible that also contain peroxide. They are usually applied twice a day and results last for about four months.
Whitening rinses- whitening rinses are similar to regular rinses- used to freshen the breath or as an extra application of fluoride but they also contain hydrogen peroxide which whitens the teeth. Rinses may be less effective because of the shorter amount of time they are in contact with the teeth compared to the other over the counter products.
4. Inner tooth bleaching
Teeth that have undergone a root canal treatment may change color over time. This can be a result of the materials used in the root canal treatment. Inner bleaching is a technique of filling the crown part of the canal with whitening materials in order to avoid the inner discoloring. This technique is not usually used on healthy teeth.
5. In-office whitening
The dentist will apply the whitening product right to the surface of the tooth. The product can be used in combination with heat, light or a laser. This type of whitening is the quickest and most effective way to whiten your teeth.
In- office whitening has the fastest results that last the longest. Already after one treatment session dramatic changes can be seen. The strength of the bleaching agent used by your dentist is usually at least 4 times stronger than the home products. Also, your dentist creates a special tray fitting your teeth perfectly to achieve the most contact between tooth surface and bleaching agent.