Tooth Whitening at Home

Tooth Whitening at Home

It seems like everything we like to do stains and yellows our teeth: smoking cigarettes, drinking coffee, wine, soda, or eating brightly colored fruits and or berries. For a big investment in time and money you could have your teeth whitened professionally by a dentist or you could use a tried and true home remedy that will cost just pennies. Consider some of the tooth whitening pros and cons and see how easy keeping pearly whites can be at home.

woman-dentist-teethShould I Have My Dentist Whiten My Teeth?

That’s always an option but it can get expensive and most dental insurance plans don’t cover cosmetic procedures. He may be able to do some mild whitening during your cleanings, but it won’t produce vivid, instant results.

If you have the money to burn, professional whitening services will generate quick, bright results. Professional whitening may be for you if you have very stained or dark teeth.

teeth-whitening-trayWhy Not Use a Store-Bought Whitening Kit?

Those are definitely an option but they can add up in price.

They use harsh chemicals that some people react badly to and they do expire over time, so stockpiling them when they’re on sale isn’t an option.

teeth-whiteningAre There Budget-Friendly Ways to Whiten?

You bet! Any number of at-home methods are possible and most of them use inexpensive household items that you may already have in your pantry.

These whitening solutions aren’t as immediate and effective as office treatments and are best for people who only need to get a few shades whiter. They are, however, much gentler and safer for your teeth.

healthy-white-teethWhat Products Are Good for Tooth Whitening?

Take a look at the list of ingredients in some high-end toothpaste. There’s a good chance it includes the reliable favorites Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide.

These tried and true skin, hair, and household cleaners are excellent for whitening teeth.

brushing-teethHow Do I Treat My Teeth At Home?

To whiten that smile, change out your store bought mouthwash for the same amount of plain hydrogen peroxide. You could also mix 1/2 mouthwash and 1/2 hydrogen peroxide if you prefer.

Give your mouth a thorough rinse and then feel free to rinse the taste out with water afterward. You can also make your own toothpaste to increase your results.

toothpaste-washing-teethHow Do I Make My Own Toothpaste for Whitening?

Use a small bowl or plastic container to mix this concoction. Start with a dollop of your usual brand of toothpaste and mix in 1 teaspoon of baking soda and a 1/4 teaspoon of tap water.

Once the mixture forms a thick paste, use a dollop to brush for about two minutes just like usual.

dentist-teethHow Long Should I Do This For?

This process could take a few weeks to show results so keep at it. Use this two-step process once a week until you see the shade of white you desire.

Once they’re bright, only do this once a month at most to avoid wearing the enamel of your teeth down irreparably!

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