Everyone wants to know the secret to whiter teeth. We have pride in our smiles, and our self-confidence can suffer when we no longer feel like we’re able to smile as openly as we once did. Discoloration can come in many forms from many sources. That cup of coffee you enjoy in the morning or the glass of wine you have with dinner can all have an impact in the long-term. However, no matter how discoloured your teeth may be, there are a variety of ways to whiten your teeth with and without treatment.
Here, we’re going to look at some of the options well-worth trying out.
Whitening dental treatments
The most effective and immediate treatment of them all, if you want to see results as soon as possible then you should schedule a dental appointment for a whitening treatment in-office. Compared to other treatments, an in-office session will leave your teeth up to 12 shades whiter than they were previously. This is not only thanks to a higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide, but also the professional care and attention to detail that dentists provide so as not to miss any of the crevices or spots that you might not be able to reach to readily at home. Patients can feel a little sensitivity if they are prone, but over-the-counter painkillers can be enough to help minimize those sensations.
Having Whiter teeth in the comfort of your homes
There are a variety of devices that you can use in the home that purports to help permanently whiten your teeth. Many of them work in a similar way. They help apply that all-important hydrogen peroxide to your teeth and use a kind of light that can help heat up the ingredient and activate it. As far as home remedies go, at-home whitening devices can be some of the most effective on the market. To make them even more effective, ensure that your teeth are as clean as possible before using them. One big barrier to these devices is the sensitivity to heat that many users experience, but home whitening like InnoWhite help address that by non-heat technology which also produce the same results.
Teeth Whitening Strips
On the other hand, there is plenty of proof to show that teeth whitening strips do exactly what they’re expected to. These strips are widely available and one of the most cost-effective ways to start seeing fast results, often helping to leave teeth anywhere from three-to-seven shades lighter. These strips use a safe bleach that is adhered to your teeth and kept there for a prolonged period of time, sometimes daily and sometimes for up to as long as a few weeks. It is worth noting, however, that not everyone’s teeth are shaped the same, so their effectiveness can be limited. What’s more, the majority of strips will only cover about the first six teeth, which can cause a noticeable contrast with the teeth further back in the mouth.
Brush on-gels and Whitening Pens
These gels and pens are being found more and more in dental aisles in supermarkets and chemists around the country. They can be confused with whitening toothpastes, but play a different role. Instead, they are meant to be used after brushing and rinsing. They allow you to apply a coat of whitening gel that provides immediate and visible results. They are a quick, convenient option that does contain some hydrogen peroxide which also offers some long-term benefits. However, their ability and effectiveness to permanently whiten your teeth and prevent staining are limited.
For those who want to maintain that bright white colour and ensure that any early signs of discoloration are stopped as soon as possible, using whitening toothpaste daily can be of great help. Hydrogen peroxide is the active ingredient in the whitening factor of these toothpastes so ensure that it’s listed in the ingredients. Some will also contain silica, which helps scrubs off stains before they have a chance to discolour your teeth. A whitening mouthwash rinse can double the whitening power, too. This method isn’t going to treat severe discoloration but is particularly good at helping you maintain an already-white smile.
Avoid foods that discolour your teeth
There are plenty of foods that can cause discoloration. These include wines, blueberries and blackberries, coffee, black tea, green tea, sugary treats and soda, balsamic vinegar and much more. If you’re looking to keep your teeth white for longer, then we recommend limiting your consumption of these foods as best as you can.
Don’t neglect your routine
Besides using some moderation when consuming some of the foods that cause discoloration, there is a lot you can do to prevent it from getting worse simply by paying more attention to your regular oral health routine. Brushing at least twice a day and lightly after every meal, followed by a rinse, is always recommended. Many people don’t brush as thoroughly as they should, but this can be made a lot easier with the help of an electric toothbrush if you’re not already using one. Lastly, don’t forget to floss.
If you want to know more about whitening your teeth or you want to start the process as soon and effectively as possible, come visit our offices. A whitening dental treatment is the fastest, most comprehensive solution, while the other methods mentioned above can be of great help too.