Whether it is true of everyone or not, having white teeth is a sign of good health and oral hygiene. White teeth promote the appearance of youthfulness and beauty, and many Americans desire to have whiter teeth. Not everyone has time for, or can afford, in-office teeth whitening treatments. While whitening the teeth at home does not use the same potency of an in-office treatment, there are ways that you can help whiten your teeth at home that won’t cost you a fortune – and they do work. As with all at home care, make sure to speak with your dentist before beginning any type of whitening routine to make sure your teeth are healthy enough to withstand treatment.
Whitening strips are a great way to whiten teeth at home and remain the most popular choice by consumers. Make sure to only choose whitening strips that have been approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). Whitening strips should be made of polyethylene and should not contain chlorine dioxide. The average cost of a box of whitening strips is $30, and it contains about a month’s supply of upper and lower strips. The strips are lined with a bleaching gel that holds the strips in place as they whiten the teeth. When used correctly, whitening strips are very effective at bringing teeth that have a normal amount of staining 2-3 shades whiter.
Whitening gels and toothpastes are effective at whitening the teeth. With an ADA-approved gel or toothpaste, the gel or paste is brushed onto the teeth as is normally done with regular toothpaste. The teeth are brushed for two minutes and then the gel or paste is spit out and the mouth is rinsed out. Flossing with whitening floss is also recommended to promote optimal gum health, and to help brighten those tight spots between teeth that often hold on to stains.
With appropriate use, at home whitening tools can be a very effective method of whitening the teeth. They should not be overused, however, as they can cause damage to the tooth enamel and end up making the teeth appear unhealthy. Bright white teeth can bring confidence to your smile, and they can be achieved in the comfort of your home.
Posted on behalf of Envy Smile Dental Spa
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