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All About Teeth Whitening

There are so many teeth whitening products on the market that is hard to decide which option is the best yet still affordable. You may have already tried countless different at-home whitening options. Before you try anymore, read this article to save you time and money! Let’s dissect what works and what doesn’t.

First Off, Why Do Teeth Turn Yellow?

The problems lie beneath the layer of enamel. The more wear and tear you put your enamel through, the closer the yellow layer beneath it gets to the surface. This layer is known as dentin. The thinner your enamel, the yellower your teeth appear.

What Are Teeth Whitening Options?

There are two methods that whiten teeth, but only one should be considered. Here are the two methods:

  • Using bleaching ingredients that reach your dentin and bleach the enamel.
  • Removing the superficial stains on top of your teeth’s enamel using products such as whitening toothpaste, mouthwash, and gum.

The second method doesn’t get to the root of the problem. It can eventually damage your enamel and gums in the long run. The first option will last you much longer. You may be thinking “Should I use whitening toothpaste?” and the short answer is no. Whitening toothpaste is not in contact with the teeth for as long as it takes to actually bleach your teeth. They will eventually damage your enamel. We don’t recommend using hydrogen peroxide either. It is also harmful to your mouth and tissues.

What about natural whitening remedies? They shouldn’t harm your teeth, right? They can actually throw off the good bacteria in your mouth. Natural fruits can harm your mouth with their high acid levels.

Professionally having your teeth whitened is the safest and most reliable option. Talk to your dentist and see what options are available for you today!

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