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Ways to get Whiter Teeth: a Hygienist's perspective

Teeth Whitening | Dentist Loxahatchee FL

Many people desire a beautiful, bright and white smile but achieving that can be a challenge.  The method of whitening you choose can be decided by the speed at which you’d hope to see results.  For immediate results, professional whitening is the best option.  Whitening solutions manufactured for use in dental offices have higher concentrations of the active ingredients; therefore, stains are removed more quickly.  Whitening strips and other over-the-counter whitening treatments usually produce results within 1 to 2 weeks.  If you are not in a hurry, try using whitening toothpaste or natural remedies to gradually whitening your smile.

If you are looking for ways to get whiter teeth, look no further.  Here is some information that should help you along your journey:

In a hurry?

If you’re attending a wedding or going on a first date and need whiter teeth by the weekend, call your dentist.  A professional whitening application is performed chair-side in one appointment.  This option usually costs anywhere from $300 to $500 but, you’ll have whiter teeth by the end of the day.  The appointment is usually around an hour long and consists of multiple 10 to 20 minute sessions.  After each session, you will be able to see your teeth and decide whether or not you want to continue with another session.  In general, the more sessions you do, the whiter your teeth will become, however, there is no way to tell how many shades lighter your teeth can get.

Somewhat pressed for time?

High school reunion coming up next month?  You’ll have plenty of time to brighten your smile from home.  At-home whitening treatments are affordable and you should begin to see results after just a few applications.  Most large retail and drug stores have quite a few options available but my personal favorite is Crest 3DWhite Whitestrips.  They’re easy to use and leave virtually no residue behind.    

Have all the time in the world?

Natural remedies are a good way to go when you’re trying to lighten your teeth without any time constraints.  They are also a good way to keep your teeth white following professional or at-home whitening treatments.  The most effective way to whiten your teeth is by brushing, flossing and rinsing after eating or drinking.  Another popular method is brushing your teeth using a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda.  Mix the hydrogen peroxide and baking soda until it forms a paste and use either a toothbrush or a damp washcloth to polish the teeth.  Coconut Oil Pulling another method and is thought to remove surface stains and toxins from the mouth.  To do this, take a spoonful of coconut oil and swish it around for 20 minutes and then spit it out.  You can also cleanse and whiten the teeth naturally by eating lots of crunchy fruits and vegetables.  The texture will remove plaque and stains while biting into it and chewing.  Also, some fruits, like strawberries, contain enzymes that breakdown plaque and stains.

To avoid getting dull and discolored teeth, avoid acidic food and drinks, such as processed food, candy, soda, coffee and tea.  The acid erodes the enamel making it thinner over time.  Under the enamel is a layer called dentin, which is pale brown, and will become visible when enamel erodes.  In addition, you can avoid harming the enamel by using a soft bristle toothbrush and toothpaste with fluoride.