Is It Possible To Whiten The Teeth At Home Effectively And Safe?

Date March 30, 2018

More and more people want to have whiter and brighter teeth. But is it possible to whiten the teeth at home without paying a lot of money? Let’s try to figure out.

Unfortunately, if you want to see significant and, more importantly, long-term results, it is better to seek assistance from a dental professional. But, luckily, there are several ways to get brighter teeth using home remedies.

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What can you do at home to get whiter teeth?

The first option is to try whitening toothpaste. Such toothpastes can remove part of the surface stains caused by tea, red wine, coffee, and other factors. They work through their abrasive properties. In other words, whitening toothpaste contains a large number of particulates that remove the pigment from the teeth. The best thing is that such kinds of toothpaste are certified by dental professionals, so they are safe and don’t put your oral health at risk. At the same time, they are not effective as properly-formulated whitening systems from a dentist.

It is also important to read instructions. Prolonged use of the whitening toothpaste can result in sensitive teeth. Use them only for two weeks continuously. Then, take a break for one month and use regular toothpaste. After that cycle, you may turn to the whitening toothpaste again. People who already have sensitive teeth shouldn’t use whitening toothpaste, as it can worsen the symptoms.

Special whitening strips are another popular method of home teeth whitening. Most of them are available over the counter and can demonstrate a significant effect. At the same time, the use of the whitening strips can be risky, even if you follow the instructions. This method is something similar to the professional whitening. Whitening strips contain the same active substance, called hydrogen peroxide, which dissolves and pushes strains out.

However, in this case, we can’t control the concentration of the substance in the strips. That’s why this method can damage tooth enamel and result in severe sensitivity. Another risk is that whitening strips may cause burns in the mouth. There are rare cases in which people experience necrosis (premature death of cells and living tissues) in the oral cavity.

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You may also use special mouthguards with professional whitening gels. Such mouthguards can be standard or produced by your dentist. Custom-fitted mouthguards are better, as they are adapted to your mouth, and it helps to avoid the transfer of whitening gel to other areas. Mouthguards are used with special whitening gels.

They usually contain hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. The first substance is more caustic, that's why it helps to get better results. The second chemical is safer, but the results are not so significant. At the same time, the side effects of carbamide peroxide are minimal, so this substance is a great choice.

The article is based on materials provided by Nikita Golubenko, dental therapist and pediatric dentist.

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This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.