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Teeth Whitening Procedures.

Updated on August 28, 2012

The Types Of Teeth Whitening Procedures

If you are looking to whiten you teeth, there are many Teeth Whitening Procedures that you can choose from such as,dentist teeth whitening which is done by a professional dentist, laser which is also done by a qualified dentist and lastly over the counter home teeth whitening.

Having this procedure done for the first time, it is best to seek professional advice as you want to gain as much information as possible about what exactly happens during this process. Asking your dentist questions is very important, as certain treatments may not work best for you.For example, if you have filling in your front teeth, they may not whiten in that particular area.

When teeth whitening cannot be done there are also other options to take such as porcelain and dental veneers. Depending on your budget and how much you can afford, it is best to start with the teeth whitening kits that you can buy at your local store or supermarket.

What Can Cause Your Teeth To Stain?

There are many reasons why your teeth may stain and go a shade of brown such as age, coffee and also smoking. As we get older we can lose the enamel on our teeth, which causes them to lose there shine.

You may often see cracks appearing within the teeth and stains can also appear in these locations. Our teeth become not as strong as they use to when this happens and usually by following one of the teeth whitening procedures can help with this problem.

How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?

This is one of the most asked question from individuals who are looking for whiter teeth. It really depends on what treatment you get. If you are going to use professional dental whitening, it can last up to 5 years, depending on the kind of foods that you eat.

If over the counter whitening methods are used, the treatment may take longer and may have to be used on a regular basis. Avoiding foods in high amounts such as red wine, beverages that contain caffeine and smoking can help your teeth stay white longer.

Avoid Red Wine and Caffeine.
Avoid Red Wine and Caffeine.

The Risks of Teeth Whitening.

Going for any type of dental treatment there will always be some risks that you should be aware of such as:

  • Teeth Sensitivity
  • Pain such as tooth and gum pain
  • Gum tenderness
  • Soreness of tongue

Only a small percentage of patients may get these type of symptoms and is why it is important that you get as much information as possible about all teeth whitening procedures.

Teeth Whitening Home Remedies

There are many teeth whitening home remedies that you can try at home as many of the professional teeth whitening services can be quite expensive and many people cannot afford it. One of the most used ingredients is baking soda, you can put a small amount on a damp tooth brush or you can mix a small amount into your toothpaste if you find that it is too salty.

Lemons juice can also be added to your tooth paste, but only a small amount as it an acid, it can help remove yellow stains and is a natural bleach. If you want to make your own tooth paste you can use the two ingredients above. You will need to mix baking soda and hydrogen peroxide in equal amounts and add a few drops of lemon juice and salt, then mix it all together.To prevent damage to your tooth enamel it is recommended that you only use this treatment once a week or when you want to remove some stains.

Strawberries can also be used to help whiten your teeth, cut a strawberry in half and rub it in your teeth that has stains on it , in a few days you should see improvement. All these home remedies work just as well as other treatments but it takes time to see results.

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