Searching for ways to get a brighter smile? You’re not alone. Many things can lead to our teeth losing their natural brightness. Americans spend billions of dollars a year on professional teeth whitening and at home whitening products. Each has their own pros and cons. Read on to learn about 3 ways to whiten teeth and decide which approach is right for you.

1. At Home Whitening Products and Kits

Americans spend over 1 billion a year on at home whitening products and kits such as toothpaste and whitening gels and strips. These products may be recommended by your dentist as helpful ways to whiten your teeth. They can be an effective way to brighten your smile a few shades, but may also make your teeth more sensitive if used improperly and often require repeated use to maintain the brightness. Ask your dental professional which products are safe, effective and right for you and advice on use.

2. Natural Methods

There are also many natural ways that you may hear suggested to whiten teeth. A quick online search brings up countless ideas such as brushing with baking soda, rinsing with hydrogen peroxide or apple cider vinegar and oil pulling with coconut oil. Some also suggest eating more fruits and vegetables.
But just because a product is natural, doesn’t mean it is safe. Baking soda is an ingredient in many whitening toothpastes, but can be abrasive if used alone and might damage the enamel on your teeth if used improperly. Hydrogen peroxide is another ingredient in whitening products that have been proven effective, but higher concentrations can be harmful or cause sensitivity.
Strawberries and pineapple are often suggested for teeth whitening properties. Eating more fruits and vegetables has many other health benefits and doing so may improve your overall health. Some fruits and vegetables can be acidic and or sugary. Many suggestions for natural ways to whiten teeth may not be as effective or gentle on your enamel as the more conventional avenues. Always consult with your Dentist before trying any teeth whitening program, to find out whether large amounts of the active ingredients can do more damage than good for your teeth and enamel.

3. In Office Teeth Whitening

Regular brushing and flossing and a routine professional cleaning are the most important steps to keep your teeth bright and healthy, but if that doesn’t maintain the level of brightness you desire, whitening by a dental professional is an option many people turn to for it’s trusted safety and effective results. A dental professional can help you achieve the results you desire and minimize the risk of sensitivity and may be able to help anticipate any other impact on your teeth.
There are several safe and effective ways to whiten teeth. The bottom line is that it is always important to talk with your dental professional to ensure that the choice you make is safe and right for you.

Call our Pearland, Baytown or Deer Park/La Porte dental offices to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.