Teeth whitening at home: The Do’s and Don’t from Your Lincoln Family Dentist
Answers to 5 commonly asked questions about at home teeth whitening:
- What is the active ingredient?
- Can the ingredients in at home whitening products make my teeth sensitive?
- Will toothpaste or mouthwash help whiten my teeth?
- What do take-home trays, paints, and whitening strips have to offer?
- Natural whitening remedies. What are they and do they work?
Keep reading to learn more!
There is no question people want a whiter smile. The unfortunate thing is that it can be pricy to have professional teeth whitening done. Luckily there’s other ways to get that awesome white shine on our teeth without the huge expense.
Even when the economy was down in the dumps, for example during 2012, teeth whitening products still grew. There was a growth of 3.7% increase over the past year. If that doesn’t sound like much, think again. If we’re talking figures, try thinking $383 million. This analysis came from the IBIS World report.
To get that instant Hollywood shine, visiting the dentist to whiten your teeth is definitely the way to go. But not everybody’s financial situation can accomodate that. So, the next option would be a home alternative or an over-the-counter teeth whitening product.
Teeth whitener’s number one ingredient: Peroxide
The main bleaching ingredients that are the key components of any teeth whitening products are hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide. For both types, the peroxide takes away suface stains by it bubbling away on the enamel’s surface. The more concentrated the peroxide and longer it’s been applied, the brighter and whiter your teeth will become.
So, the stronger the peroxide solution, the faster the whitening? Why not just go with 100% peroxide and call it a day?
Well, you could, but you’ll regret it. Peroxide will make your teeth sensitive. The more that’s applied, the more sensitive your teeth will be, which is no walk at the park. Besides being sensitive, if the peroxide touches the gums at all, they will start to get irritated and begin to burn. Unfortunately, that burning sensation is not just a slight tickle.
Another thing to take in account is that after the peroxide is done getting rid of the stains, it will make your teeth more susceptible to staining again up to 48 hours after treatment. So staying away from food products that gave you stains in the first place shouldn’t be consumed at that time. This means no marinara, coffee, or soda.
Try out some toothpastes and mouthwashes
You could check out some toothpaste and mouthwashes available at your local store. Some of them provide more peroxide than others. So, if you find the right one that works for you, you’ll start to see your teeth whiten in no time. But, don’t take flossing as something lightly. Flossing is just as important. If brushing, mouth washing, and flossing are a daily routine, healthier teeth equal a brighter smile.
Take Home Trays, Strips, or Paint on Whiteners.
Using take home whitening trays or whitening strips could be a good solution to bumping up that smile whiteness. They tend to use more peroxide than mouthwashes and toothpastes. If those both don’t seem to strike your fancy, paint on whitening could be a solution to stained teeth. All three of these whitening tricks are suppose to sit on your teeth for a period of time. Find out what’s more comfortable for you. Just know this technique will be slower then a one day teeth whitening at a dental office.
Natural Whitening Remedies
Mixing baking soda with a few drops of hydrogen peroxide could work as a whitening solution. Make sure, however, that it touches only on your teeth, and not your gums. A more natural way to whiten teeth is something called oil pulling. Oil pulling is when you place oil such as coconut oil in your mouth and swish it around for a bit. The oil helps lift out the bacteria built up in the teeth. Keeping a teaspoon of coconut oil in your mouth for 20 to 30 mins could end up helping those teeth whitening results.
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