Posted by William on October 8, 2008
You can never seem to get your smile as white and bright as the smiles you see on the models in your favorite magazine, no matter how diligent you are with your dental care. But there are several easy ways to accomplish a brighter and whiter smile.
There are several different options available to whiten your teeth. This article will give you an overview of the options and the advantages and disadvantages of each one.
Dentist Office Treatments
Long lasting and highly effective advanced bleaching treatments can be administered in your dentist’s office. Ranging from $300 to $500, these treatments are quite expensive. If you can manage the cost, though, these treatments are more effective than most other methods.
Whitening Mouthwashes and Toothpastes
These treatments are not effective as dental office treatments, but they do produce results. However, you will not see the results right away. These treatments are most effective when trying to remove light to medium stains. As a preventative and maintenance measure, they work very well and they are also less costly than many other methods.
These days, just about all of the drug and grocery stores sell whitening strips, which can cost more than $40 depending on the quality. The less expensive strips work well when used continuously, while the higher-quality ones can provide results comparable to the results of a dental office treatment. You must apply the strips carefully to avoid developing visible stripes on your teeth. Increased tooth sensitivity may occur as a result of using whitening strips.
Brush-on Whitening Treatments
Brush-on treatments are a good option for people who are trying to whiten their teeth without spending a lot of money. A two-week kit is quite inexpensive, costing as little as $3 in some cases. Applying the gel evenly on your teeth can be difficult, and this is a very messy method of whitening. These treatments can also cause the user to wake up with very bad breath due to the product’s ingredients.
A Change in Diet
By staying away from substances known to cause stains, you can reduce the amount of whitening your teeth require and prevent any further staining of your teeth, no matter which whitening method you select. Tobacco products, coffee, tea and soda should all be avoided in order to prevent discoloration and any additional staining of your teeth.
In your quest for a beautiful white smile, be aware that there are many methods at your fingertips. No matter which whitening method you choose, remember that a change of diet combined with regular visits to your dentist will help you maintain a whiter, brighter smile.