4 Ways to Whiten: Breaking Down Your Teeth Whitening Options

Everyone wants a bright smile that is going to light up a room, but keeping teeth white is no simple task. Variables such as a patient’s diet, their age, genetics, and hygiene habits will affect how bright their teeth are. Here is a look at four options for brightening a smile ranging from simple daily habits to comprehensive professional treatments.

Hygiene and Diet
Daily hygiene is often the biggest factor when it comes to a bright and healthy smile. Brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash multiple times a day is the single best way to keep your teeth as white as possible. In addition to these habits, it is also important to know which foods stain teeth and which foods brighten them. “Detergent” foods such as apples and root vegetables actually clean debris from the teeth while being eaten. Some of the common staining foods include coffee, tea, soda, chewy candy, and brighter fruits.

Professional Home Whitening Trays
Home whitening trays can be purchased over-the-counter, but they do come with some disadvantages. Not only are the trays a generic size that will not fit all patients, but misusing these products could actually damage your teeth and gums. As an alternative, professional whitening trays come in different sizes and shapes designed for a tight and comfortable fit. The whitening gel is perfectly portioned for the patient so that they do not have to worry about damaging the outer enamel of their teeth.

In-Office Bleaching
Professional whitening services within a dental office is one of the best ways to brighten a smile as quickly and safely as possible. Much like home kits, a bleaching solution is placed directly on the teeth that are to be whitened. What sets this treatment apart from home kits is the use of a specialized light to “activate” the bleach and speed up the process. Most professional whitening services from places like Smith Family Dental will brighten a smile by multiple shades in as little as an hour.

Veneers and Crowns
These other whitening options only work for stains that are on the outer layers of the teeth. When it comes to deeper stains from root damage or other medical problems, patients may need to consider more comprehensive options such as veneers and crowns. These custom-made devices are designed to match the size and shape of the natural teeth, but they are brighter by a few shades.

No matter what kind of stains you have, there are a number of effective options that everyone should consider when it comes to safely and effectively whitening their teeth.


*Our content is not intended to provide medical advice or diagnosis of individual problems or circumstances, nor should it be implied that we are a substitute for professional medical advice. Users / readers are always advised to consult their Healthcare Professional prior to starting any new remedy, therapy or treatment. Your Wellness Group accepts no liability in the event you, a user of n-gage and a reader of this article, suffers a loss as a result of reliance upon or inappropriate application of the information.

Comments are closed.