Yet, I congratulate you because I do not necessarily find the bleached out teeth look to be my favorite. Although it is very popular.
Most of the teeth whitening products out there may also help to weaken your tooth enamel and can in some cases kill a tooth. This happens because the chemicals can penetrate through the enamel and get to the pulp.
As we age, the pulp becomes smaller and the tooth more solid. The younger the tooth, the more danger is presented to it by bleaching agents.
Of course, there are veneers but such appliances require maintenance over time and if not fitted properly can cause other harmful effects including possible gum recession.
Fluoride can help to whiten teeth by smoothing out the enamel and thereby making it harder for plaque to form. However, I personally get either a headache or a shooting pain down one of my arms almost every time I attempt to utilize a fluoride mouth rinse. As a result, I cannot steer others in the direction of fluoride for teeth whitening. All though it can work. If you don’t mind using fluoride, then you can check out Zellies teeth whitening plan.
Plaquing and staining go hand-in-hand and stains are usually accumulated plaque. Reducing plaque is very important. One clinically proven way to reduce plaque build up between office visits is to use an oral irrigator.
However, I can’t claim that is going to make your as white as you want. But it should help with reducing plaque buildup.
What you eat can make a difference too. Eating vegetables and salads, including celery can have a naturally cleaning effect on your teeth.
On the other hand, drinking lots of coffee, tea, red wine, and colas are going to accelerate the staining and darkening of your teeth.
Plaquing has a major influence on your development of gum disease, gingivitis and bleeding gums. Of course, if you have them, you should be under the care of a periodontist. And it would be helpful to you to read the book: What You Should Know about Gum Disease.
I would definitely verify that my gums were healthy before doing any kind of commercial or over-the-counter teeth whitening.
Some people turn to baking soda as a natural tooth whitener. Actually, it is simply an abrasive. And it can be harmful to your gum tissue as well – leading to recession. In fact, one dentist friend of mine stated that out of 30 years of clinical experience, she has personally noticed that anytime a patient has a case of unexplained gum recession they have either been using hydrogen peroxide and / or baking soda.
I tell you this because it is not a piece of information that you can get just anywhere. No one really talks about this.
Keeping your teeth clean is probably going to be your biggest aid to maintaining some degree of whiteness. However: time, food, drinks and other factors all conspire against us.
This leads many to turn to the commercial or over-the-counter methods. Again, it is my opinion and I’m sure there are others who will agree that these things can be harmful to both your teeth and your gums.
Bleaching agents and trays that keep chemicals in contact with your teeth and gum tissue for long periods of time may not be the best thing for the health of either.
Therefore, if you end up searching for a commercial product, you are really looking for the lesser of all evils.
I do understand the need and desire for teeth whitening. Although, I am pretty much opposed, in principle and in general, to teeth whitening.
If you have to, you may be wondering what is the ‘lesser of all evils’. There are a handful of whitening products that you simply apply with a brush to your teeth. These products do not require trays and keeping chemicals against your teeth and gums for long periods of time.
It would be a good idea to check with your dentist before attempting to change the color of your teeth. – And… we all like to think for ourselves, don’t we? 🙂
PS: Lemons are very acidic in your mouth and aid in plaquing and eroding your dental enamel… Lemons for teeth whitening are a dangerous myth that you should avoid!