Having a bright white teeth will make people think different about you, they would like to be closer to you, you have a great oral hygiene practice. However, obtaining whiter teeth is no simple, there ways rumoring around but most of them don't work. These 7 ways that will effectively get you the white teeth you always dream of.
One of the ways that you can whiten your teeth is by working with your dentist and using take-home trays that allow you to apply a whitening mixture to your teeth.
"I do three different methods at my office, but the most effective one is the one where we make the trays and the patients take the material home and use it at night and this material not only has the peroxide in it, it has potassium nitrate, which helps strengthen the enamel as well, and help decrease sensitivity," Dr. Kay Jordan, DDS, told INSIDER. So if you have the money to consider a professional method, the take-home trays could be a good option for you, particularly if you want to feel confident that it's going to work.
Commercial white strips that you buy either at your dentist's office or your local drug store or another store are a really good place to start if you don't have the money to consider a treatment offered by your dentist. Jordan said that this method can be quite effective. They also work relatively quickly, depending on the type of strip you've purchased, so it's not a huge investment of time either.
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If you're not going to the dentist regularly to have your teeth cleaned, that's a really good place to start. Jordan advised that people go get their teeth cleaned first before trying to whiten them to make sure that there aren't any issues and that your mouth and teeth are healthy.
"Regular check-ups will aid in detecting active decay which also contributes to tooth discoloration," Dr. Heather F. Fleschler, DDS, FAGD, LVIF, told INSIDER. So going to the dentist regularly can make a difference beyond just the health of your teeth and mouth.
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Having your teeth whitened in-office means that your dentist can make the technique customized to your needs and that you'll have whitened teeth very rapidly, Dr. M.H. Peters, Jr., DDS, told INSIDER.
This is a super-quick option because you'll only need to go in to your dentist's office for an appointment and then leave with whiter teeth, but for people who don't want to spend the money on a technique like this one, there are a lot of other options for you to consider as well.
Not all dentists like in-office whitening with lights or lasers. Jordan said that she prefers the results that go along with the at-home trays. However, many dentists quite like the results that you can get from their in-office methods, so having a conversation with your dentist (particularly if you're not sure what you want to do), might help you decide what's best for you.
Peters said that this isn't the most effective way to whiten your teeth, but that it can make a difference in terms of maintaining your newly-whitened smile. If you're looking for something that might help in terms of whitening, make sure you're looking for a toothpaste that contains hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, or both, Jordan said. And, as Peters noted, make sure you follow the manufacturer's directions for best results.
"Hydrogen peroxide is excellent to use," Jordan said. "It's safe and effective, yes." Adding baking soda and mixing the two together can make a whitening paste that's also safe for you to use, Jordan added. These types of ingredients will help remove the surface stains that are caused by smoking, coffee, tea, and more, Jordan said. So it won't remove deep-down stains, but could help you combat some of those pesky surface stains.
Still, you should likely try to keep it away from your gums if you can or limit the amount of time it's sitting on your gums.
"Hydrogen peroxide will burn the gum tissue if kept in contact," Dr. Nancy Gill, DDS, a dentist, told INSIDER. "Be careful, with any whitening, to keep gel away from the gums. Using a q-tip is a great way to wipe away any excess. Also be mindful of sensitivity. Listen to your body. If it's sensitive, discontinue use and speak with your dental provider. There may be a cavity or exposed root that may be causing it." Don't just push through with your whitening efforts.
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Taking care of your teeth in between cleanings by brushing and flossing regularly (and correctly) is also an important part of not only ensuring that your teeth are a bit whiter, but also that they're healthier.
"It may seem too easy that proper oral hygiene can brighten your smile, but it is one of the best ways to keep teeth bright and healthy," Fleschler said. "Modern technology makes home care even easier and is available at most local stores. It's also important to use an antibacterial mouth rinse on a regular basis. Daily eating and drinking can cause plaque build-up and stain to collect on the tooth surface, which can affect the appearance of your teeth. By properly removing surface contaminants, teeth will remain bright."
Whether you're going to take steps to actually work to get whiter teeth or not, taking care of your teeth can help keep them sparkling and maintain your whitening results.
Talking to your dentist about what sorts of whitening methods they might recommend can help you figure out where to start and help you re-evaluate and choose different method, if necessary.
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