When you think of a great smile, what qualities are you looking for? Chances are, you are going to say straight teeth and white teeth are at the top of the list for a great smile, dimples coming in a close third. The problem is, having a fantastic smile isn’t as easy as it seems. Corrective surgery can help out with the physical structure, but keeping up a bright white smile is an entirely different animal. Our diets and lifestyle choices can hinder your teeth being their pearliest and there’s nothing you can really do to help it. We need to eat to survive. You can brush & floss every day, but your teeth may not keep its natural sheen. Having a professional take care of it in a single appointment is obviously the best way to go, but that can get pricey. So what sort of options do we have while we wait for these dental visits? Over-the-counter versions give you the luxury of doing it at home, but how good are the results? Is there a better, more natural version available? How do you decide? The following is a breakdown of some ways you can do at home:
First let’s start with the things you may have lying around the house as we speak – food. You would be surprised by some foods that can actually help whiten our teeth while also keeping us healthy. You can always make your own toothpaste with a little hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Known as an age old go-to product, this is the DIY way for you to replicate the manufactured products at home. But did you know that strawberries and bananas can produce similar results? Strawberries contain malic acid, and malic acid is fantastic at breaking down teeth stains. A couple berries crushed into some baking soda is a great, and fruity, version of the more chemical version. Even simpler, rubbing a banana peel over your teeth like a toothbrush will also shine up your smile. The minerals in a banana, like potassium, will absorb into your teeth and brighten it in a very healthy way.
Whitening products sold over the counter in the form of strips, trays, or paste work by using the oxidizing agents to remove pigment on the surface of the enamel. Hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide are commonly used in these products and contain 3 to 10 percent hydrogen-peroxide level, as opposed to the 15 to 38 percent level dentists can use. The products are effective at removing surface stains but should be used in moderation. They vary in price and instruction and which version you choose is up to you. They will vary in effectiveness, but all will give some type of whitening to your teeth.
But regardless which way you choose to go about keeping your teeth white in between whitening appointments, nothing will have a better result than a good professional whitening session. Now there’s ZOOM! whitening, a treatment that can either be applied by your professional, or customized so you can do it in the privacy of your home. Ask your dental professional which whitening options will work best for you. And prepare for the compliments to roll in.
For more information about teeth whitening by Dental Associated of Hoboken in Hoboken, NJ call 201-795-2111 or visit www.dentalassociatesofhoboken.com.
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