Today, it seems we are all in search of an effective, safe method to brighten our smile. We are all more confident when our smile is nice and bright. Several options are offered over the counter and other natural home methods are available as well. Not all methods are the same and if you want effective long lasting results, you need a product that contains either hydrogen or carbamide peroxide. Some other methods, like baking soda, are an abrasive and only remove surface stains. When considering what method to use for tooth whitening, look into which methods are effective and safe with long lasting results.
The most effective products contain some concentration of peroxide to bleach the teeth. Over-the-counter tooth whitening product includes bleaching pens, whitening strips and trays. These methods cost only a fraction of dental visits and are some of the most effective in home whitening systems. You wear strips and trays for about 30 minutes, twice a day for two weeks. The bleaching pen is applied to each tooth individually, much like applying nail polish to fingernails. You leave the product on until it dries or overnight or just follow package instructions. These treatments are safe and effective as long you have good oral health.
There are home methods using products around the house that are cheaper. The home toothwhitening treatments can be affective, especially when removing surface stains from the teeth. With baking soda, you wet your toothbrush, dip into the baking soda and brush for two minutes. Follow up by brushing your tongue with toothpaste for fresh breath. Baking soda is an abrasive, so it is important that you do not use it every day. Abrasives can weaken enamel and irritate the gums if used daily. Other home treatments, like strawberries or lemons rubbed on the teeth will whiten, but the acid contained in the fruit can also weaken enamel, so do not use them often.
The main thing with tooth whitening is to choose an effective, affordable method for you. It does not matter which method you choose as long as you have good oral health and strong gums. If your gums are painful or swollen, you may have gingivitis. Gum disease needs treatment and using whitening products without proper treatment will only exacerbate the pain and swelling. Always get a dental check-up before using a home teeth-whitening method, and if you have any questions, it is best to ask your dentist because he is aware of your overall oral health.