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DIY for a Whiter Smile

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Looking for the Perfect Smile

If you have been looking for that perfect smile, you will want to know about the advances in teeth whitening products and procedures that have occurred in the past few years. You have seen the ads; everybody seems to be in the business of whitening teeth these days. That is because the formulations of newer products have made the whitening procedure easier and more effective.

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

DIY for a Brighter Smile
One home approach involves using a mouthguard or strip containing a low concentration of a bleaching gel on the teeth for a few hours a day for one to two weeks. For some, this approach shows results in a few days, while for others there may be no visible change. There are higher concentration bleaching agents available in dental stores or on line for home use as well. The gel is placed in a tray which is then placed in the mouth over the teeth for about 20 minutes. This is done two or three times, and provides good results for many people.

Cautions

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.


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