If you’ve heard bad things about teeth whitening, such as: it’s painful, or takes too much time and money, then you should throw away any misconceptions that you have. Because if you do it properly, whitening your teeth is easier and faster than you might think. This article will guide you through it with several simple tips and methods.
The first step to whitening that smile involves taking better care of your dental hygiene around the home. You should be getting your teeth cleaned every six months; to keep your schedule from slipping, you should always arrange your next cleaning when you go in to get one. It’s easy to miss an appointment or two, but since most dental insurance covers two cleanings a year, there is no good excuse for not going.
Save your orange peel and have a teeth whitening session. The inside of the orange peel has citric acid and can help to remove stains and whiten teeth. Either rub it directly on your teeth or get some dried peel, organically grown and some ground up bay leaves to create a paste that you can brush on. Remember to brush after your session to remove any acid that may harm the enamel over time.
You may not be able to brush after every meal, however, you can rinse your mouth after meals. Take a minute or two after eating or drinking beverages that can stain and thoroughly rinse your mouth. This will help remove loose particles and stain causing residues that may be left behind from your meals.
Be sure that the teeth whitening trays fit your mouth correctly. If they do not fit well there is a good chance that they are going to cause you problems with your gums. If you notice that your gums are more sensitive or in any pain, stop using the product and see your dentist.
One of the most effective ways to naturally whiten your teeth is to use a mixture of lemon juice and salt. You can make this up and keep it in a jar in your bathroom and use it a few times a week. Be sure to rinse your mouth out thoroughly after you are done to prevent damage from the acids in the lemon juice.
Most teeth-whitening products and systems are designed to deal with yellowing teeth or teeth stained with spotty discolorations. If your tooth-color problem involves dingy, gray teeth, you must understand that your results will be less impressive than average. It could take multiple treatments to whiten teeth that are extremely discolored.
Strawberries are a great natural teeth whitener. You can rub them on your teeth for a quick whitening method. You can also mash them up and make them into a paste. You can then brush the paste on your teeth and leave it there for 5 minutes, then rinse your mouth out.
To keep your teeth white, be sure to use a straw when you are drinking beverages with high levels of acidity. The acidity in beverages, like sodas or sports drinks, can affect the color of your teeth, but the straw acts as a barrier. This will not change the color of your teeth overnight and if your teeth are already stained it will not take off the stain. It will help to prevent more discoloration.
Use whitening strips. Depending on how badly your teeth are stained, they usually don’t immediately work. Over time, you will notice your teeth getting whiter. You should use these strips regularly, but not too much. These strips are easy and convenient to use and keep you from visiting the dentist.
Drink nothing but clear liquids for the first three days after you have your teeth whitened. Your teeth are initially more porous, and could absorb all types of color from tea, coffee or fruit.
Before undertaking any at-home whitening projects, consult with your dentist about your teeth. If you have any issues with gums or cavities, whitening methods bought over the counter can have a negative impact on your mouth. Tell your dentist what you want to try and ask for a green light before you proceed.
You should not begin a teeth whitening regiment until you are around the age of 16 to 18. Until this time a child’s gums are incredibly sensitive. Therefore, the caustic and abrasive products that are used to clean teeth can cause a child’s mouth to enter a world of pain.
Since most teeth whitening gels are so powerful, only a dentist can give them to you. Teeth whitening gel is used in conjunction with laser whitening and only the laser equipment will activate it. This is a more costly method than others, but lasts longer and works quicker.
A natural way that has been proven to help whiten teeth is to use a mixture of half baking soda and half salt. You can apply it to your toothbrush and brush your teeth the way you would if you were using regular toothpaste. Make sure you do not swallow.
If you have or are planning on getting Invisalign to enhance your smile, I recommend that you wait until after your treatment to start whitening your teeth. If you do this, you can save hundreds of dollars on the whitening process by using your Invisalign aligners as trays for your whitening gel.
You’ll be amazed at how great you’ll feel about yourself after getting a gorgeous smile through teeth whitening. Not only will you get a huge boost in self confidence, you’ll be able to enjoy life without being held back by an embarrassing smile. Apply these tips to get a great set of clean, white teeth.