Teeth whitening is a popular thing to do these days, but there are a lot of products available for diy teeth whitening at home. Let’s go over some of the options you have if you have decided to whiten your teeth.
Many products are available for diy teeth whitening, so here we will discuss the major players that can be purchased and describe each. The frist category of products are the trays and strips. Trays are gel filled mouthpieces that are held in place with the teeth and are often quite messy as you put the tray in and out of your mouth. They sometimes can trigger the gag reflex as well. Fortunately, strips have largely replaced trays and are much easier and less messy to use. These thing plastic pieces are simple put over the teeth and pressed into place, and then discarded after the 30 minute session twice a day. The manufacturer controls the whitening agent so they are very safe and consistent as well. Teeth whitening pens are little newer and offer individual teeth whitening. The user brushes a thin application of gel over each tooth and allows it to dry. This forms a mostly solid, invisible seal that also whitens the tooth. Many toothpastes are also being made with the added benefit of teeth whitening. These need to be used consistently, as teeth can fade after discontinued use. Also, many mouthwashes and an oral cleanser called Gly-oxide can be used to aide in teeth whitening when used regularly.
Of the homemade diy teeth whitening methods, the most common is to use ordinary hydrogen peroxide. It is a naturally bleaching agent and also used as an antiseptic. Care must be taken when swishing or rinsing with hydrogen peroxide as it can be harmful when swallowed. Hydrogen peroxide can also be mixed with baking soda to form a paste that is then used like ordinary toothpaste. The baking soda works as an abrasive agent to rub away stains as the hydrogen peroxide bleached the teeth. A more peculiar method is to use wood ash that has been mixed with a little water as a paste to rub over the teeth. Research and care must be taken with this method that correct kinds of wood are used and any risks are fully understood. Lemon juice has also been said to produce startling results very quickly when brushed over teeth. However, most dentists would tell you to be careful or not to use this way because the acide in the lemon juice can eat away at the enamel that protects your teeth.
Once your teeth are whitened satisfactorily, take preventative measures to keep them that way. Brush well each and every day, and avoid excessive foods and drink that could stain your teeth like coffee and red wine.