We’ve all been there. You’re scrolling through social media, and you see a teeth whitening ad. You think to yourself, “My teeth could use a little pick-me-up.” But then you start to wonder, are those at-home teeth whitening kits really effective?
There are a lot of different options when it comes to teeth whitening, and it can be hard to know which one is right for you. That’s why we’ve put together a list of 10 effective teeth whitening tips, both at home and professional options, to help you achieve your perfect smile.
1. BAKING SODA AND HYDROGEN PEROXIDE PASTE
One popular at-home teeth whitening remedy is a baking soda and hydrogen peroxide paste. To make this paste, simply mix together 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide. Then, apply the paste to your teeth with a toothbrush and let it sit for 1-2 minutes before rinsing.
This paste is effective because the baking soda acts as a mild abrasive to remove surface stains, while the hydrogen peroxide helps to bleach your teeth. Just be sure not to swallow the mixture.
2. COCONUT OIL PULLING
Coconut oil has a multitude of health benefits, and one of them is whitening your teeth. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
To do coconut oil pulling, simply swish 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes. Spit it out after 20 minutes, and then brush your teeth as normal. Coconut oil pulling is best done in the morning before you eat or drink anything.
3. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Apple cider vinegar is another popular home remedy for teeth whitening. The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar helps to remove surface stains and discoloration. It also has a number of oral health benefits, such as killing harmful bacteria and reducing plaque buildup.
To use apple cider vinegar for teeth whitening, mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 2 parts water. Swish the mixture around in your mouth for 1 minute, and then rinse your mouth out with water. Do this once or twice a week.
4. USE WHITENING TOOTHPASTE
One simple way to achieve whiter teeth is to switch to a whitening toothpaste. Whitening toothpaste contains polishing agents and chemicals that remove surface stains and discoloration.
Remember to brush in gentle, circular motions and use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. You should also brush for two minutes, at least twice a day – ideally after eating.
5. AVOID FOODS AND BEVERAGES THAT STAIN TEETH
In addition to whitening your teeth, you can also help to prevent them from staining in the first place. There are a number of foods and drinks that are known to cause staining, such as coffee, tea, red wine, and candy.
To help keep your teeth looking their best, cut back on or avoid these foods and drinks altogether. If you do consume them, be sure to brush your teeth afterwards.
6. USE A STRAW
Another way to help prevent staining is to use a straw when you drink beverages that can cause staining. This includes coffee, tea, and red wine.
Using a straw helps to bypass your teeth entirely so that the staining agents in the beverage don’t have a chance to adhere to your teeth.
7. GET PROFESSIONAL TEETH CLEANING
Regular professional teeth cleanings are important for maintaining oral health and preventing tooth decay and gum disease. But did you know that they can also help to keep your teeth looking their best?
Professional teeth cleanings remove built-up tartar and plaque that can cause staining. They also help to polish your teeth so that they look their brightest. It is generally recommended to get a professional teeth cleaning every six months – however, you can talk to Dr. Reshma J. Patel about how often you need them based on your individual needs.
8. TRY TEETH WHITENING STRIPS
If you are looking for an at-home teeth whitening solution that is affordable and easy to use, try teeth whitening strips. These strips are coated with a peroxide-based bleaching gel and help to remove surface stains and discoloration.
To use, simply apply the strips to your teeth for the amount of time indicated on the package. Most teeth whitening strips need to be applied for 30 minutes twice a day.
9. TRY PROFESSIONAL TEETH WHITENING
If you’re looking for faster results, professional teeth whitening may be the way to go. This is a safe and effective way to achieve significantly whiter teeth.
With professional teeth whitening, a bleaching gel is applied to your teeth and then activated with a special light. This process is usually done in-office but can also be done at home with a kit provided by our office.
Professional teeth whitening can provide results that are up to eight shades lighter. And the results can last for up to a year with proper care.
10. PRACTICE GOOD ORAL HYGIENE
Last but not least, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene if you want to maintain healthy white teeth. This means brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes, flossing daily, and using mouthwash.
It’s also important to see a dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. This will help to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems.
HOW DYNAMIC SMILE DESIGN CAN HELP
When it comes to a stellar smile, we know a thing or two. Our team of expert cosmetic dentists can help you achieve the smile of your dreams – whether that’s with at-home teeth whitening, professional teeth whitening, or another cosmetic dental treatment.
To learn more about our services or to schedule a consultation, contact us today! We would be happy to answer any questions you have.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Achieving and maintaining a bright, white smile can take some work – but it’s worth it! These 10 tips will help you to get (and keep) brighter teeth. Be sure to try them out and see for yourself.
And if you need any help along the way, our team at Dynamic Smile Design is always here to lend a helping hand. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, contact us today to learn more about our services. We look forward to helping you achieve your dream smile!