What Are Some Ways To Whiten Your Teeth?

In Dentistry by Ian Izaguirre5 Comments

White teeth and a confident, winning smile often go together. If you have been contemplating whitening your teeth, but haven’t been able to make your mind up, consider this: as people grow older, their teeth naturally become stained. So a sparkling set of white teeth not only gives you the confidence to wear your million-dollar smile, but can also help you look and feel younger.

Methods to Make Your Teeth Pearly Bright

There are many ways by which you can whiten your teeth. From simple home-based Do-it-Yourself methods to clinical procedures at your dentist’s, a number of processes and procedures can help you brighten your smile.

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Home-based Solutions

By the use of common, everyday products/items, it’s possible to lighten the yellowness of your teeth. The most popular solution that’s employed is rubbing baking soda on the teeth by sprinkling it on to the paste while brushing.

Those who have hydrogen peroxide occupying a pride of place in their medicine chest, can mix two teaspoons of it with an equivalent quantity of baking soda, and prepare an old-fashioned teeth whitening solution for use at home. Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide are bleaching agents and achieve teeth whiteness by dissolving stains caused by food items and beverages. While some people claim instantaneous whitening, others report visible changes only after a period of use.

Home-made solutions come cheap, are easy to use and make your teeth white. However, the abrasive nature of baking soda can have adverse effect on the outer layer of your teeth, the enamel, and weaken them. Before going ahead with these techniques it’s important to consult your dentist, for any possible side-effects.

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Whitening toothpastes

Daily used by many people, whitening toothpastes cost a few dollars more than regular toothpastes, and do not really differ from the standard ones in functionality either.

All toothpastes work through the cleansing action of light/mild abrasives, and hence are not really effective whitening solutions. Whitening toothpastes only have enhanced stain-removal chemicals and polishing agents, and are not effective teeth whiteners.

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Store-bought Whiteners

Peroxide is the crucial agent in any effective teeth-whitening solution. Store-bought solutions such as whitening trays or strips have up to 7-8% peroxide – significantly less than whiteners used by your dentist.

These kits are available for anything between $20 and $100 at drugstores and supermarkets, and if used well can give great results. The effects might not be as marked as those produced by a dentist’s kit, but given the time they prove quite effective.

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In-office Bleaching

This requires a visit to your dentist. To protect the soft tissues of your mouth, they start by applying a gel or rubber shield to the gums, and then proceed to whiten your teeth using their own bleaching solutions. The percentage of peroxide in these solutions used is usually in the range of 30-35%.

Many dentists today use laser technology to improve the effect of bleaching. This is the costliest of all teeth-whitening options and also the most effective – you can see and feel the difference immediately after your dentist completes the procedure. You can expect to pay between $300 and $600 for a session of in-office bleaching.

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  1. Hi Ian,

    What is your take on whitening chewing gums? Do they really work? If they do, are they very abrasive (too abrasive)?

    The reason I’m asking is because I haven’t found much information about them.


    1. Author

      Hi John, thank you for leaving a comment. I read up on whitening chewing gums and found that they are sadly just over-priced gum so in office bleaching is still your best bet to a whiter smile. You are better of buying regular gum that contains “xylitol”. Xylitol is a sweetener has been shown to reduce the risk of dental decay. The most these marketed ” whitening gums ” will do is probably stimulate your saliva flow a little more then regular gum which may help to flush out plaque causing bacteria that can lead to tooth decay. In reference to abrasion I would assume that this might be a little harsh on your enamel if you chew the “whitening gum” constantly if the gum does advertise that it will remove stains – your enamel might not like that.

      Overall you are much better off simply chewing xylitol gum after meals because you’ll get similar stain prevention at a much reduced cost compared to the marketed whitening gums.

      If you have any more questions John please let me know. Have a great day.

    1. Author

      Hi Tara, Thank you so much for your kind words and taking the time to leave a comment, I really appreciate it. If you have any questions with this article I can help you. If you are interested in teeth whitening I would be glad to let you know about some methods I have tried and the results I got.

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