Teeth whitening can be an effective way of lightening the colour of your teeth. Very few people have naturally bright-white teeth, and our teeth can become more and more discoloured by food and drink such as tea, coffee, red wine and smoking.
Here I am going to give an overview of different teeth whitening methods outlining the benefits as well as the downfalls:
This is the most common method used to whiten teeth. The dentist or other dental professional will first place a gel on the gums to protect them. After, they will apply the whitening product all over the surface of the teeth, using a fitted tray, which fits into the mouth like a mouth guard.
The ingredient in the whitening product is usually hydrogen peroxide. As this ingredient breaks down, oxygen will get into the enamel making the teeth lighter in colour.
Although this treatment can significantly whiten your teeth, the hydrogen peroxide can damage the enamel of the teeth and make your teeth more sensitive. As well as this, professional bleaching is also usually expensive ranging between £200 and £700.
Laser Teeth Whitening
Laser teeth whitening was introduced more recently- which your dentist can also provide. During the treatment a rubber dam is put over your teeth, which helps to protect your gums, and a bleaching agent is put onto the surface of the teeth. Next a laser is shone against the teeth, which activates the bleaching product.
The laser speeds the reaction of the whitening chemical and the colour of your teeth will change more quickly than the method described above. The teeth will appear whiter instantly and is said to make the teeth up to five or six shades lighter.
Although the treatment is usually effective, the chemicals can damage your teeth leaving them more prone to sensitivity. Laser teeth whitening also comes with an expensive price tag of up to £1,000.
At Home Teeth Whitening Products
If expensive dental surgery treatments have put you off, there are also many affordable at home teeth whitening kits available on the market. There are many brands and many products to choose from.
One product to try may be the Diamond Whites Home Whitening Kit at £40. You simply place the plastic mouth tray into boiling water for 30 seconds and then remove from the water and bite down to customise your mould. Once you brush your teeth with the spray, you fill the moulds with gel and leave them on the teeth for up to 45 minutes. Warning: this method can make you drool like crazy.
Although the results can be good (not as great as the pricey ones above), the whitening gel can be damaging and also you may find it difficult to customise the mould to your teeth. It may not fit to your teeth correctly meaning the gel is not working on the teeth. Customisation of mouth guards often requires a dental professional. As well as this, the whitening gel used in at home kits is usually not as effective as the ones used by dental professionals.
What about teeth whitening strips? Crest offer 14 whitening strips (for top and bottom teeth) at £45.99. The strips claim to mould to the teeth once applied and are easy to take off. These also claim to be enamel-safe which means they will not damage your teeth as much as over procedures I have mentioned. Crest recommends using these strips once a day for 30 minutes. But, do not expect to see instant results.
Swishing coconut oil around your mouth is a hot new holistic health trend that promises to whiten teeth naturally. It can also improve oral hygiene, keep the skin clear, reduce bad breath, boost the immune system, minimise inflammation and much more.
How does oil pulling whiten teeth? Toxins and bacteria in the body gradually build up in the mouth, which can stain the teeth. Swishing and holding coconut oil in the mouth for up to 20 minutes everyday will draw out such impurities from the mouth.
Oil pulling is quick and can easily fit into your everyday oral hygiene routine. Coconut oil for teeth whitening can also come at a very affordable price. Coconut Splash offers a 14-day treatment at £19.99 and discounts when you buy more! Oil pulling is possibly one of the best teeth whitening methods as it is 100% natural, will not harm the teeth and also has a tonne of other health and beauty benefits.
*We hope you found this post helpful and have found the perfect teeth-whitening product for you!