How to Whiten your Teeth at Home?
Discolored, yellow or stained teeth are a result of daily routines such as drinking coffee, tea, chewing tobacco, smoking, medical conditions, drugs, etc. Depending on the severity of discoloration or staining there are different procedures. Some of them in their increasing intensity are listed below.
Tips on How to Whiten your Teeth at Home:
Brushing and flossing:
Proper and regular brushing and flossing can help to prevent or reduce stains on the teeth.
Use whitening toothpaste:
They will whiten the teeth partially and they don’t even provide a complete remedy. Be sure that the toothpaste you buy has the ADA (American Dental Association) approval seal and must be clinically proven for effective teeth whitening. Only a few teeth whitening toothpaste have been undergone clinical trials. However, if the toothpaste is causing discomfort or irritability then avoid its use as it can damage the teeth and gums and make them sensitive.
Regular dental checkups and cleanings:
They help to remove plaque, tartar or calculus along with the food or tobacco stains. However, the severe stains caused due to systemic disease or tetracycline may not be removed as these pigments lie within the tooth. They require more aggressive treatments or measures to remove the underlying stains.
There are two options for the treatment of stains -at-home and in-office treatments to bleach out the stains from the teeth.
- In at-home treatments, an individual wears a mouth guard which contains bleaching gel for two hours a day about 2 weeks. The treatment procedure may prolonged or reduce depending on the staining condition on the teeth.
- In in-office treatments, dentists coat the teeth with the bleaching agent, later use flashes of light on the teeth to activate the gel. These treatments may last for about 30-60 minutes and it often requires several visits to complete the whole whitening procedure.
- Veneers: These are the custom-made shells which are bonded with resins to the teeth. This is the most expensive and most invasive treatment option as the procedure often requires a small amount of the tooth structure removal.