Looking for a quick and easy way to make your teeth whiter? Here are several methods that you can use for brightening up your smile.
The most popular way of whitening teeth is to use a specialist whitening toothpaste. There are plenty of specialist whitening toothpastes on the market that can help to remove stains on teeth. Hydrogen peroxide toothpastes are some of the most popular due to their ability to remove deep stains. You can also buy whitening toothpastes containing ingredients such as baking soda, activated charcoal and sodium tripolyphosphate. It’s even possible to make your own DIY whitening toothpastes (such as baking soda and water), however you should generally only use these pastes once a week on top of regular brushing.
Whitening strips are another effective way to remove stains. These small strips are made of plastic and mould to the teeth using a special whitening gel – when removed, they strip away the plaque within the crevices of the enamel. Like whitening toothpaste, there are lots of different types of strips on the market so it’s worth shopping around to find the best whitening strips. There are whitening kits out there that contain both strips and toothpastes.
Generally speaking, any sugarless chewing gum is great for the teeth – chewing gum not only helps to pick up plaque throughout the day but helps to produce new saliva, which keeps the mouth clean. There are specialist whitening chewing gums available that can help to tackle stains on the teeth faster – these products usually use xylitol or hydrogen peroxide. If you’re a smoker, you’ll also find specialist gums that help to tackle stains caused by cigarettes.
Tooth polishing is a faster acting way of getting rid of stains. A professional dentist can usually do this for you, although it is possible to buy polishing products for home use. These should generally only be used once a week as overusing these polishers could strip away the enamel on the teeth. Shop around for the most effective dental polisher.
If you want even more instant results, it’s possible to invest in more thorough cosmetic treatments as performed by a professional. Veneers are a popular form of whitening that involve placing white caps on the surface of each tooth. This treatment can usually be done by a local dentist – whilst it can be effective, you are only hiding the stained enamel beneath and you need to be careful of the foods you eat (eating toffee or chewing gum could take off your veneers). Laser whitening is another form of professional treatment performed by certain clinics. This procedure involves placing a bleaching agent on the teeth and then getting it activated by a laser. Laser whitening is fairly expensive and can leave your teeth more sensitive, however it can considerably lighten your teeth more so than other methods of whitening.