Of course there have been advances in cosmetic dentistry as well, and today you can find clinics that specialize in teeth whitening. Your dentist too can do marvels to brighten your smile. But there are also procedures you can do yourself at home.
Traditional Home Procedures
Start with tooth whitening toothpaste. There are many brands to choose from, so you could decide on one that not only promises to whiten teeth but will also help with bad breath and fight cavities. Be patient, as it may take a few weeks before you notice any change. Teeth whitening strips are another readily available product. These too will take some time, and you will have to be careful to follow manufacturer’s instructions to be sure you end up with an even effect.
You could also explore inexpensive natural methods for whitening your teeth. One suggested approach is to use fruits like strawberries or green apples that contain malic acid to cause a whitening effect. One procedure, for example, is to leave crushed strawberries in contact with teeth for five minutes. Gently brushing with lemon juice or some baking soda are two other suggested methods, but you have to be careful not to damage the enamel on your teeth by the high acidity of the lemon juice or abrasiveness of the baking soda.
Using a Bleach Gel
Be sure to follow all manufacturers’ recommendations if you are attempting a teeth whitening procedure at home. This will give you the best results, and help avoid problems. Remember too that the effectiveness of any treatment will depend on the condition of your teeth at the time. Avoid using bleaching gel if you have tooth decay or bleeding gums. Fillings will not be affected by bleaching gel, and some stains will not respond to bleaching. You might also experience some increased tooth sensitivity or irritation of the soft tissue in the mouth but this should disappear in a few days.
In a few days, you will be glad you took steps to have a beautiful smile again.