If you conducted a quick search for tooth whitening online, you’d be greeted with pages and pages of results pointing you in all kinds of different directions. When there’s so much information available, it’s really tough to know who to believe and what to do. We all want a bright, white smile, but what’s the best way of going about it?
If you go to the drug store or do some shopping online you’ll find a whole host of toothpaste products that promise to whiten the teeth, but do they really work? Most of these products contain abrasive ingredients, which effectively scrub off stains from the tooth surface. Research conducted in the UK on six leading branded toothpaste showed that there was little change in the color of the teeth after using whitening products for a period of four weeks. If you have very minor discoloration, using whitening toothpaste may make a slight difference, but it’s not going to bring about a dramatic transformation.
Many people prefer to use natural remedies whenever possible. Treatments that have been associated with tooth whitening include coconut oil, apple cider vinegar and sodium bicarbonate, which is found within the miswak, a natural toothbrush available at miswakclub.com. All these remedies have been tried and tested with varied results. Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is a popular whitening treatment, but there are concerns about its abrasive properties, which can damage the enamel. The acidity of apple cider vinegar can also contribute to enamel erosion. Some people find oil pulling using coconut oil, very effective, but you’ll come across conflicting evidence if you do some more extensive research. If you’re looking for a very simple natural therapy, which won’t put your oral health at risk, try adding strawberries to your diet. Their rough, bobbly skin acts as a natural stain remover.
Tooth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments on offer today. To lighten the teeth, dentists use two treatment methods. They can provide express in-chair treatment or at-home whitening, which involves wearing customized trays that contain whitening agent. Professional whitening bleaches the teeth, lightening the shade of the enamel sometimes by up to 10 shades. If you are considering whitening treatment, make sure you visit a qualified, experienced dentist. Whitening is generally considered to be a safe treatment, but it is a dental therapy, and therefore should only be provided by those with the relevant expertise and knowledge.
DIY whitening kits
It is possible to buy DIY whitening kits, but be very careful, especially when ordering products online. Chemicals that use high concentrations of bleach can be very damaging to the gums and the enamel. If you’re unsure if a kit is safe to use or not, ask your dentist for advice first. You can also find out more at http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/w/whitening.
If you long for a beautiful, white smile, you’re not alone. Before you order products or change your diet, weigh up your options carefully, and have a chat with your dentist.