Everyone wants that picture-perfect smile. Part of achieving that look is keeping those pearly whites actually white. Teeth become yellowed over time, and if you are hoping to have a brighter smile you’ll need to try whitening your teeth. Here are 5 different ways to whiten your teeth.
1) Baking Soda
A home remedy for teeth whitening is brushing your teeth with baking soda. Baking soda can whiten teeth because of its alkaline properties. It is mildly abrasive and this helps it remove plaque, which causes discoloration, from the teeth. You can mix baking soda with water, toothpaste, hydrogen peroxide, lemon juice, or apple cider vinegar. Mix the baking soda and whatever liquid you choose to use, brush your teeth, let the mixture sit on your teeth for a minute or two and then rinse.
2) Prevent Yellowing
Instead of working backward and correcting yellowing, try to prevent the discoloration before it even happens. Most of the teeth discoloration comes from eating foods and drinks. Drinks that are known for staining teeth are red wine, soda, and coffee. If you can limit or even cut out these drinks from your diet your teeth will be less likely to discolor. If you can’t help but get the morning coffee, try to brush your teeth as soon as you finish drinking. This will help clean your mouth of any of the bad plaque and bacteria from your coffee that could discolor your teeth.
3) Coconut Oil
Oil pulling is another at-home method for teeth whitening. This method is an ancient Indian folk remedy. Oil pulling is done by swishing oil around in your mouth, like mouthwash, for 15-20 minutes. Almost any oil can be used, but most people find that coconut oil is the best because its taste doesn’t bother them. Oil pulling works by removing harmful bacteria from your mouth. This removes bacteria that turns into plaque, which can cause cavities and discoloration.
4) Activated Charcoal
Currently, a lot of people are trying to use activated charcoal to whiten teeth. Activated charcoal is found in beauty products meant to “detoxify,” so it makes sense that people would try and use this on their teeth. There have been no studies on if activated charcoal really works to whiten teeth, but people have said that it works great at removing surface stains caused by foods like coffee. So if you are only looking to do a little bit of teeth whitening and don’t feel the need to go 10 shades whiter, maybe try using some activated charcoal.
5) Professional Treatments
The most effective and safest teeth whitening treatment is to get your teeth whitened professionally. Your dentist probably offers these services and can tell you more about the process and cost. The only downside to professional treatments is that they are significantly more expensive than at-home remedies. But if you have the money for it, professional treatments can brighten your teeth up to 10 shades lighter in just one appointment.
According to familydentalhealth.com, it requires continual work to keep teeth whitened. Foods and drinks can stain and discolor teeth, so if you want to have a whiter smile, you’ll need to whiten your teeth regularly.
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