Smile With Some Quick And Easy Ways To Whiten Teeth At Home
If you want a beautiful white smile but don’t have lots of cash – then here’s some quick and easy ways to whiten teeth at home. As you age your teeth become darker, particularly if you love your coffee, tea and red wine. Smoking can also make teeth appear very yellow as they become coated with nicotine stains. Add to that a build up of plaque or tartar and you can see how easy it is for your smile to lose its brightness. This often affects your self confidence, maybe even to the point where you no longer want to smile. So if you want to restore your childhood grin, here are some easy ways to whiten teeth at home without having to pay for expensive dental treatment.
Most of the treatments used at home contain the chemicals hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide to remove stains. Does hydrogen peroxide whiten teeth effectively? Definitely! One of the most simple ways to whiten teeth at home is by the best at home bleaching kit available from stores and pharmacies. If you are wondering how much does it cost to bleach your teeth at home compared to in-office treatment, then you will be surpised to see the difference in cost… .
Home bleaching kits usually consist of rubber mouth trays and tubes of bleaching gel. The active ingredients in the gel work by penetrating the teeth through the tiny micropores in both the enamel and the dentine until they reach the pulp. When the gel comes into contact with stains it breaks down into oxygen and water. The oxygen then oxidises the stains into smaller white coloured particles which give the teeth a whiter appearance. This is considered one of the best ways to whiten teeth at home.
The active ingredients in the whitening gels only have an effect on organic stains, and as teeth are inorganic they are left unaffected. However please be aware that, although this is a really easy method to whiten teeth at home, some gels contain ingredients which help to extend shelf life which are very acidic. These formulations can dissolve the minerals in the teeth; therefore always ensure that the gel you are buying is PH neutral.
Home bleaching kits come complete with a rubber mouth tray, which needs to be fitted to your teeth by immersing in boiling water and then molding it to the shape of your teeth and gums. This is followed by squeezing a small amount of the gel into the trays and placing the trays over your teeth (below on the images you can see how to do it step by steps). The concentration of active ingredients varies from kit to kit although it tends to be slightly lower than that used by professional dentists, therefore some kits are more effective than others, and it’s always advisable to check the percentage concentration of gel before you buy.
How to use at home bleaching kit with a rubber mouth tray, step by step illustration:
To make this probably the most effective of the quick ways to whiten teeth at home, it’s now possible to buy the latest LED ‘laser’ light technology which, when shone onto your gel coated teeth speeds up the whitening process by up to 300%. This means that use of your mouth trays can be reduced to just 15 minutes a day, therefore reducing the amount of time the gel comes into contact with gums, and yet still achieving a lightening effect of up to eleven shades. The light works because the blue light produced speeds up the breakdown of the active whitening ingredients, and also using a light means that you can stop when you are happy with your achieved shade. Note: these lights may be described as ‘lasers’ or ‘blue light’.
You also need to consider that even PH neutral gels can cause irritation to the gums, white spots to the inside of the mouth and tongue, sore throats and sometimes even sensitivity of the teeth themselves. To avoid these side effects, do not exceed the recommended wear times of the trays and or the recommended amount of gel. Trim the trays carefully before use to avoid the gel coming into contact with your gums and ensure you clean any excess gel away. After use clean your teeth and always rinse your mouth thoroughly with lots of water. If you find that your teeth are becoming really sensitive, especially to hot and cold, try a desensitising toothpaste and also only whiten your teeth on alternate day. You also need to consider that lasers may increase tooth sensitivity too, so avoid this method if you have ultra sensitive teeth.
If you have sensitive teeth, one of the most painless ways to whiten teeth at home is by using the new peroxide free whitening solutions which have recently been developed to address this problem. These are based on the old fashioned whitening method of bicarbonate of soda, and have almost eliminated the problem of tooth sensitivity.
Other easy ways to whiten your teeth at home include the use of whitening strips. These are extremely thin, flexible strips which are coated with a layer of whitening gel. They’re really easy to use as they simply mold to the shape of your teeth (see the image on the right), and are virtually unnoticeable when in place. They make trays and gel a thing of the past, can be put in the trash after use, and are certainly one of the easy ways to whiten teeth at home. However they may not be suitable for misaligned and crooked teeth. They need to be used for 30 minutes twice a day.
If you’re new to the whole tooth whitening process, one of the best beginner ways to whiten teeth at home is by using a teeth whitening pencil, or mostly known, pen (see on the image at left how it is used). Although these are manufactured mainly as a top up treatment, you can get noticeable results really easily. A 35% maximum strength gel is stored in a small pen, which you simply paint onto your teeth. It has the advantage of being simple to use as you can accurately place gel on individual teeth as required. It doesn’t need any special trays although as saliva will remove the gel, wearing a tray will help to keep the gel in contact with the teeth for longer.
Although these are really easy ways to whiten teeth at home, you need to take into consideration that they will not whiten false teeth, crowns, veneers or fillings. If you already have a crown in place, it may no longer match your newly whitened teeth and it may ultimately need replacing. Also don’t start any whitening treatment if you have tooth decay or gum disease, but seek treatment from a professional dentist first. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not use hydrogen peroxide solutions. In addition you should refrain from whitening your teeth if you wear braces as the gel will not be able to penetrate under the wires. You should also bear in mind that congenital tooth or drug related (from tetracycline) discolouration will not respond to whitening treatments.
And the last of the easy ideas to whiten your teeth at home – make sure you brush regularly with a whitening toothpaste and floss daily too, this will keep your newly acquired smile bright for anywhere between 6 months and two years. Whilst whitening toothpaste won’t whiten your teeth, and is not as effective as the other quick and easy ways to whiten teeth at home mentioned above, it will enhance the whole treatment.