Teeth Whitening at Home
While in-office tooth whitening is known to be the best option for whitening teeth, it is also the more expensive option. For this reason, many people try over-the-counter teeth whitening kits to improve their smiles. However, shortly after, most of them realize that the product hasn’t worked at all, or hardly worked. For this reason, in this post, we will inform you about teeth whitening at home, how you can choose the best product for you, and more.
What’s The Best Tooth-Whitening Procedure (at home)?
While you can both benefit from over-the-counter teeth whitening kits and home remedies such as a baking soda mixture, the first option most people try is home remedies. Below, we will list the most popular three methods that are used for teeth whitening home by many people:
- Oil Pulling,
- Brushing with Baking Soda,
- Using Hydrogen Peroxide.
In addition to at-home solutions, many people also try various over-the-counter teeth whitening kits. Although most kits are not really effective, there are ones that actually improve the brightness of the teeth. The most known and preferred products among these teeth whitening kits are:
- Crest 3D White Strips
- AuraGlow Deluxe
- Cali White Vegan Teeth Whitening Kit
- AuraGlow Teeth Whitening Pen
Is Teeth Whitening Safe?
Teeth whitening procedures are usually carried out by using chemicals such as hydrogen peroxide. Although at-home teeth whitening chemicals aren’t that dangerous, there is always a chance that your gums or tongue might get damaged by a chemical used during a tooth whitening process. There shouldn’t be any problems as long as you follow the instructions carefully, but you should still consult your dentist before using a chemical on your teeth.
On the other hand, the chemicals used in-office teeth whitening are far more dangerous and harmful to your gums, cheeks, and tongue. However, since they are applied in a special environment by professionals, in-office treatments are generally safer than at-home kits.
How Do I Whiten My Teeth At Home Without Harming It?
The most common method that is completely safe is using baking soda for whitening teeth. There are two different techniques you can use baking soda, both of which can be said to be effective on a certain level.
Mixing Baking Soda with Water
You can mix one or two teaspoons of baking soda with about one or two tablespoons of water, and brush your teeth with your solution. When applied regularly, this method can whiten your teeth over time.
Mixing Baking Soda with Toothpaste
A more common and efficient way of using baking soda to whiten your teeth is mixing it with some toothpaste, and brushing your teeth with this solution. Although this method is also completely safe, we recommend you not to apply this method more frequently than once every two days.
In addition to using baking soda, there are also things that you can do on a regular basis or integrate into your daily life to improve the whiteness of your teeth. These things are:
- Eating Fruits Daily
- Brushing Your Teeth on A Daily Basis
- Avoiding Smoking and Consuming Alcohol
- Avoiding Certain Foods
Home Remedies (Coconut Oil, Baking Soda, etc.) for Teeth Whitening?
There are actually a large variety of options to try for those who want to whiten their teeth with home remedies such as baking soda or coconut oil. Although some of them might not work for you, they can still be worth trying. Most of the at-home solutions for teeth whitening don’t pose any danger to your dental health, but there are a few things that you should definitely avoid. These are:
- Using Lemon and Baking Soda
- Brushing Teeth with Strawberries
- Using Activated Charcoal
- Using Wood Ash
- Using Sea Salt and Cider Vinegar
These methods usually damage your teeth, gums, or your overall oral health, and they can even leave permanent damage to your teeth or mouth. For this reason, it is important to avoid these methods.
However, there are still many methods that can actually be helpful with whitening your teeth. The most preferred of these methods are:
- Using Baking Soda
- Eating Certain Fruits Such as Pineapple
- Eating Certain Vegetables Such as Broccoli and Cauliflower
- Mixing Salt or Baking Soda with Your Toothpaste
To learn more about teeth whitening at home and ask your questions, give us a call at 248-650-2440 or visit our dental clinic.