With teeth whitening now more popular than ever, it’s great to know there are some excellent (and cheap) teeth whitening options available. Here’s how you can achieve a whiter smile in three easy ways.
Watch what you eat
Dark foods and drinks, such as berries, red wine and coffee are the most common culprits for staining your teeth, as are foods with vibrant colours such as curry. Avoiding these items when you’re trying to whiten your teeth can help, but sometimes this isn’t practical. In times like this, enjoy your treat, then give your mouth a quick rinse with water straight after. Rinsing will minimise the amount of contact your food or drink has with your enamel.
Take care of your teeth
Regular dental visits and a good at-home oral care routine can also help keep your teeth feeling fresher and whiter. Brushing twice a day removes plaque before it has a chance to harden into harmful tartar. Plus, it also helps remove any discolouration or stains before they set in.
Try using a toothpaste made with added whitening ingredients – this is a great way to keep up with your brushing routine while also helping to whiten your teeth. For the most efficient way to a whiter smile with toothpaste, look for one that contains hydrogen peroxide, a common and effective bleaching ingredient that’s used during professional teeth whitening treatments.
Try at-home whitening products
At-home whitening products recommended by your dental professional can produce significant results, whitening your teeth by at least a couple of shades in the privacy of your home. Although not as strong as in-chair whitening, dentist-prescribed home whitening trays are convenient, popular and cost-effective. So if you’re using a whitening toothpaste but would like to see your teeth a couple of shades lighter, speak to your dental professional to see if whitening trays would be suitable for you.
At-home treatments and smart dental care can make a noticeable difference by helping to brighten your smile by a few shades. Before you commence though, always check with your dental professional to see if they think your home teeth whitening plans are appropriate.