Looking for a solution to a bright white smile?
The white teeth phenomenon can be overwhelming – from simple solutions; such as Whitestrips out on the market, whitening toothpaste, brightening mouthwash, to a trip to your dentist for the professional options.
What method of whitening teeth is the most effective when considering time, cost, and ultimately the end result?
1. The Basics of Teeth Whitening
Before any decision is made, look at the causes of yellowing/dull teeth:
- Did you know fruits and vegetables can stain your teeth? According to Webmd, apples and potatoes can be contributing to a lackluster smile.
- Coffee. Yes, coffee consumption may be gradually discoloring your teeth.
- Smoking is the way to turn your teeth into a dentist’s worst nightmare. Not to mention, it can cause massive oral health issues, cancer.
- Are you using antibiotics such as tetracycline or doxycycline to clear up acne? This medication may be contributing to serious tooth discoloration.
- Up your game: If you’re not brushing twice a day and flossing regularly than this may be your easy solution.
2. Are Whitestrips Effective?
They do, but will only whiten in the incisor (front) teeth. What this means is that if you have a large smile, wide enough that it exposes more than these common front teeth, then you may be left with multi-colored teeth (think bright in the front, party in the back).
3. The Professionals:
A trip to the dental office for in office professional whitening might be very appealing. But there are pros and cons to this approach.
Pro: The dentist may use a shade matching method where your teeth are currently and what color you would ideally like to reach. You will see the same results in one hour at the dentist as you will see in one month of at home approaches. Perfect if you are in a rush for those pearly whites.
Con: This option will cost more than over the counter methods and requires a longer dental visit of 90. Additionally, this method may cause sensitivity for those with overly sensitive teeth. And continuing the above mentioned habits (excessive coffee consumption, smoking, and/or don’t brush or floss effectively) you may need to repeat whitening every 6-12 months.
4. Professional at home solution:
The best solution combines the idea of Whitestrips with the effectiveness of the dental office. Set up an appointment with your dentist to make personalized whitening trays out of molds of your teeth. The dentist will provide whitening gel and instructions for their use at home – imagine a wide, bright smile just by using these trays occasionally, in the comfort of your home.