They say the whiter the teeth, the wider the smile. And the wider the smile, the better! This is perhaps why a lot of people always wanted to have pearly white teeth. Not only does it enhance the beauty of one’s face, but it also reflects proper hygiene and exudes confidence! But whatever your reasons are for wanting pearly white teeth, there are a lot of techniques and options to choose from in order to achieve it.
Let’s take a look at the top 3 best teeth whitening techniques today:
1. Professional Teeth Whitening — This process involves professionals using high-concentration of whitening gel to whiten the teeth. The gels used are generally not available over the counter and are limited to licensed experts as they are not entirely safe if misused. However, when the gels are prepared and provided by the dentist, the patient can easily apply it himself and is thus allowed to take the whitening home. Here are the two most popular professional types and the specific processes for each:
- In-Office Whitening — In this type, the dentist will be applying a gel to your teeth which will be left untouched for about an hour. A light or heat source, typically a laser, is used during the process to increase the whitening effect.
- Take-Home Whitening — With this type, the dentist provides for a custom-made mouth tray. This mouth tray is made of highly flexible thin plastic which will have to be filled with whitening gel also provided by the dentist. A prescribed period of time to leave the gel on the teeth must be followed for effective bleaching.
2. Over-The-Counter (OTC) Teeth Whitening — The products allowed to over the counter can be taken home because they contain much lower concentrations of bleach as compared to the gels mentioned earlier. Although its effectivity may not be as quick as the stronger gels, they are still pretty efficient in doing the job when properly used as directed. As always, it is best to consult a dentist for recommendations under this type but here are a few to get you started:
- Whitening Toothpaste — the most popular and basic as you can easily find this, in almost all homes in the US. It is known to remove surface stains and plaque efficiently. Unlike bleaches, however, they do not change your teeth’s actual color.
- Whitening Strips — these would typically look like clear adhesive bandages pasted onto the teeth and leave it the untouched for about 30 minutes at a time. It is common advice to do this twice a day for a week or two until desired results are achieved.
- Whitening Gum — If you love candies and gum, then this relatively new form of whitening would be perfect for you. You may need to chew quite more than your usual number of pieces in a day though.
- Brush-Ons — These are gels, which are brushed directly onto the teeth and left overnight for maximum effect. It mimics those that are used in professional whitening processes but this one would not be as strong.
3. Natural or Home Remedies – Natural remedies are certainly not sold on drugstore as gels or strips. These are mostly made at-home, safe and are said as effective to whiten your teeth. The best part perhaps is that they are cheap, if not free and available in your kitchen! Usual home remedies include baking soda with lemon, orange peels or strawberries!
If you want a quick and surefire technique and don’t have budget constraints, go for professional whitening. If you are not in a rush however, go for OTC Whitening or go natural, depending on how much you are willing to spend. But whatever technique it is that you wish to take, always bear in mind that there is still no substitute to proper oral hygiene. Also, it is always best to consult your dentist on what may work best for you when choosing between the techniques discussed.