Everyone wants a gleaming white smile. It can give a person confidence and boost self esteem. This is why, when people have discolouration, they turn to teeth whitening:

Teeth whitening can be attained in 3 different ways:

  1. Through cosmetic dentistry
  2. Through teeth whitening products
  3. By using household products to make home made teeth whiteners, which is much less expensive. Listed below are some of the most common treatments for teeth whitening

Cosmetic Dentistry

Having your teeth whitened through cosmetic dentistry at the dentist may be costly, but it may be well worth it, especially if you have deep stains and discolouration on your teeth that you want to get rid of quickly. The price of teeth whitening at the dentist will depend on the severity of each individual case. General teeth whitening procedures use a laser light, which activates a specially formulated gel to treat discolouration.

A hydrogen peroxide solution may be used by your dentist to change and lighten the natural colour of your teeth.

Over-The-Counter Products

Teeth whiteners can be found in most pharmacies, which usually contain a 10% to 15% carbamide peroxide active ingredient. These products are generally whitening strips or gels and solutions. These can be placed on the teeth and left overnight to achieve a lighter and whiter smile.

There are some teeth whitening toothpastes available that contain calcium carbonate, calcium phosphate, aluminium oxide and silica to break down stains on your teeth. However, if using for very long periods of time, they can ultimately harm the natural shine of your teeth.

Homemade Teeth Whiteners

If you find yourself on a budget, you could try home made teeth whitening products. These remedies will take longer to give you a gleaming smile, sometimes months, but they are worth a try. The most commonly used home made teeth whitening agents include:

  • Rock salt
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Baking soda with water
  • Baking soda with lemon juice
  • Strawberries
  • Orange rind
  • Orange peel
  • Pumice stone with lemon juice

These teeth whitening remedies have been used for decades and can be found either at home or in your local supermarket. The advantage of using these is that they do not cost a fortune. However, it is important to be patient when using these, as instant results will definitely not be achieved. It will take time for these remedies to work and give you a brighter smile.

Contact a company like Dental Care @ Bentons to learn more.