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Dental health > Teeth Whitening

You may be surprised by just how many options are available when it comes to teeth whitening these days. The endless ads and commercials for teeth whitening show just what a big business teeth whitening has become in recent years, and the teeth whitening methods below cover the key options for budgets and expectations.

Teeth Whitening Methods in Detail

In-Office Teeth Whitening: Professional teeth whitening at the dentist’s office can provide you with some very impressive results, but you pay for those results and they’re not very affordable. Your dentist can whiten your teeth by up to 8 shades in one visit but to maintain this you will be required to use a home whitening kit that needs to be purchased through the dentist—also quite expensive. If you can afford a professional whitening, then you’ll be impressed by the results. Just be sure to follow the maintenance regime so that you can enjoy lasting results.

Home Teeth Whitening Kits:

Tooth whitening kits just continue to get better and better and the ease of being able to enjoy teeth whitening at home is something that is very appealing given how busy we are. Of all the teeth whitening methods available, this is definitely one of the best in that it is affordable, easy and offers very noticeable results. At home tooth whitening kits offer varying results depending on the kit and the state of your teeth, but on average you can expect to whiten your teeth by around 5 shades or more without leaving the house. The types of tooth whitening kits range from those that use special gels to others that use strips to whiten the teeth. There’s a lot of variety as far as types of home teeth whitening kits and price so that you have a lot to choose from.

Whitening Toothpastes:

It seems that every oral care company has come out with whitening toothpaste. While these aren’t the most effective of the teeth whitening methods, they can be a good start if you have a very small budget or are looking just for some minor teeth whitening for teeth that are only lightly stained. They can also help you prevent further staining after using one of the previously mentioned teeth whitening methods.

Natural Teeth Whitening Methods:

There are several natural remedies available to those looking for alternative teeth whitening methods that are free of chemicals. They are not as effective as the other teeth whitening options we’ve covered but are still good oral health options and helpful in protecting the teeth from further whitening and enamel loss. Avoiding foods that stain or wear down enamel is recommended, such as fruits and juices that contain a lot of acid, and blueberries, coffee and other things that stain.

Further reading:
Appearance Medicine

Clinical trial comparing 2 hydrogen peroxide tooth whitening systems: strips vs pre-rinse.
Comparative Clinical Study of Two Tooth Bleaching Protocols with 6% Hydrogen Peroxide


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