Many people are looking for a cost-efficient, simple, and natural alternative to whitening their teeth, and there are many options. But not all remedies work the same or are as safe as the other.
Obviously, the best way to get professional results is to have the work done by a cosmetic dentist or hygienist. But this is very costly. At-home teeth whitening kits are a little less expensive, but can be cumbersome and still require use of messy gels and creams and treatments that aren’t always easy to work into a busy lifestyle.
Many people believe that there are more natural solutions to teeth whitening. That teeth whitening is as simple as looking in your cupboard or refrigerator, and that is true for the most part.
But before engaging in any teeth whitening treatment, please keep the next three ideas in mind.
Whitening with Fruit
Beware of using lemon juice and orange peels. The citric acid in lemon juice and orange peels will whiten your teeth, but will also strip calcium from your enamel increasing the chances of tooth decay and temperature sensitivity. These methods should not be used as part of a regular dental cleaning regimen.
Recent media attention has been given to strawberries and baking soda, but there are warnings that brushing too soon after applying the strawberry/baking soda mix will also strip your teeth of enamel.
The bonus with the baking soda is that it does not harm teeth and can actually help reduce the alkalinity levels in your mouth that can lead to development of cavity-causing bacteria. It is the cleaning acid in the fruit that is the culprit for stripping enamel.
Teeth Whitening Takes Time
Your teeth didn’t get stained overnight and no treatment – whether professional or at-home – will get your teeth white immediately. Some treatments work faster than others (eg: laser whitening), but whitening still takes time, particularly if you use an at-home whitening kit or a natural remedy.
Results also depend on the type of stain on your teeth.