This can be a gloomy time of year as the nights begin to draw in and all vestiges of summer finally take their leave. However there are lots of things to look forward to, including all the end of year celebrations and parties, but perhaps too much summer living has taken a toll on your teeth?
If they are looking stained and yellow, there are plenty of things you can do to help return them to their former glory. Nowadays, home teeth whitening kits are effective and affordable, but it is important to take a few precautions to keep your teeth and gums safe.
If you have any issues with tooth sensitivity, or haven’t visited the dentist for a while, make an appointment for a check-up. It doesn’t cost a lot of money, and won’t take very long, but will ensure you can whiten safely. Your teeth and gums must be healthy and strong before you use any sort of bleaching gel on them. Once you have visited your dentist, you can begin to explore the different options for whitening your teeth.
Home Teeth Whitening Kits
This is the most straightforward and cost-effective way to get a whiter smile, often quite quickly. Most kits take a couple of weeks to gain the maximum results, so get planning if you want a whiter smile in time for a particular event or party. These kits have been rigorously tested, and are very safe to use, but this does rely on you following the instructions closely.
Don’t be tempted to leave the product on your teeth for longer than recommended. You won’t get a whiter smile, but you will run the risk of damaging your teeth. When you have whiter teeth, you will be able to top up the results every so often. Once again, it’s important to be sensible about the frequency of treatments and to not do it too often as you could permanently damage your teeth, and you’ll notice they discolour faster than before. This is because it is possible to damage the tooth enamel with too frequent applications of bleaching gel which ends up making them more susceptible to becoming stained every time you drink a cup of coffee or tea.
What about Whitening Toothpastes and Mouthwash?
These won’t provide any significant results, but provided they aren’t too harsh, will not do any harm. Make sure you use a reputable brand of whitening toothpastes that doesn’t contain any harsh abrasives that could damage your teeth if used in the longer term. Most of these toothpastes are very mild, and can be used every day without any ill effects. Whitening mouthwash generally has a tiny amount of bleach in it, but the truth is that it doesn’t remain on your teeth for long enough to make much of a difference to the colour. If possible, try to find a brand that contains fluoride as this will help harden your teeth, giving a protective effect.
Steer Clear of Home Whitening Remedies
You have probably seen loads of these on the internet, but they are highly unlikely to have much of an effect, and some could quite easily harm your teeth. It is best to stick to proper tooth whitening kits that have been correctly formulated and extensively tested to actually give results.
You only have one set of teeth, so it is worthwhile taking care of them by making sure you whiten safely.