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Teeth Whitening Options – The Basics

Achieving a whiter smile is at the top of every beauty maven’s list. Healthy, white teeth are essential to that classic, gorgeous look. If you’re going to wear brighter lipstick and lipgloss shades that draw attention to your mouth, you especially need to make sure your teeth are white. Nowadays teeth whitening is relatively easy and affordable. The trick is knowing your options and finding the one that will work best for you.

Teeth whitening options include home remedies, drugstore products, and professional treatments at your dentist or teeth whitening specialist. Depending on your budget and needs, you can choose from a range of treatments to find one that best suits you.

Home remedies for teeth whitening are certainly cheap but their effectiveness is questionable. The many home remedy solutions include rubbing teeth with mashed strawberries and brushing teeth with baking soda mixed with water. The general idea behind these home remedies is to use a slightly abrasive substance, usually something that can be found in your kitchen, to rub down stains on the enamel of the teeth, similar to the process of exfoliating skin. Only some stains will react to these remedies, however, and more stubborn stains may require an aggressive approach instead. In addition, home remedies for teeth whitening may take weeks to see any result. They also may be too hard on your tooth enamel causing irreversible damage.

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Drugstore products for teeth whitening include teeth whitening strips, gels, toothpastes, and kits which include a whitening solution and a tray holder. There are numerous teeth whitening products that are popular for their price and effectiveness combined, such as the classic Crestwhite Strips. Drugstore teeth whitening products can whiten teeth in only a matter of days or weeks, and the results last on average from six months to a year. Since they are more affordable than professional whitening treatments, people on a budget usually opt for drugstore products, although they will need to use them every so often to maintain their white teeth. Trying free teeth whitening samples is a good way to test out a few products before forking out the cash. Once you know which products work best on your teeth, you will feel more confident spending money on a particular kit.

Professional treatments include in-office treatment using professional-grade bleaching systems. Dentists may also offer a cheaper take-home system using a mold of your teeth along with the a professional-grade bleach formula, although not as strong as the formula used in the office. A professional teeth whitening treatment performed by the dentist will offer guaranteed results and will last possibly up to two years or more. It is more expensive than the home remedy or drugstore options, but also offers the best results for super-white teeth.

Overall, remember to do your research when choosing your teeth whitening method. Make sure a product has good reviews from reputable sources before moving forward with a purchase. Each of these tooth whitening options has specific pros and cons. Using careful consideration, decide which one best fits your needs.


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