If you’re anything like us, the thought of going to the dentist can be pretty frightening, especially when it comes to wanting whiter teeth. Professional whitening can be expensive and painful, so what’s the solution? We’re unpacking the top tips that can be used in your home teeth whitening routine that will save your pocket and your teeth.
You’re not alone if you’ve found yourself staring in the mirror wanting whiter teeth. In a 2011 survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, “whiter and brighter teeth” was the most common answer to the question “what would you like to change the most about your smile?”. Clearly, it’s no secret that a whiter smile can increase self-confidence.
There are a lot of factors that can cause tooth discoloration. Dark coloured food and drinks can build up pigment on your teeth to create extrinsic stains. Other types of staining can be caused from an excess of fluoride, medication or age-related staining which are more internal. There are some foods you can avoid to help reduce the chance of staining your teeth.
What causes teeth staining
- Tomato based sauces
- Soy Sauce
- Balsamic Vinegar
It’s hard to completely avoid these types of food when they are staples in our everyday routine. There are a few things you can do to stop these stains from forming (which sadly includes limiting your intake). If you’re a self confessed coffee addict like us, we suggest rinsing your mouth with water afterwards or brushing as soon as possible. These preventative measures can be effective but won’t help in removing your pre-existing stains.
Because it is so easy to stain your teeth, whitening treatments are becoming increasingly popular. According to Prof. Carey of University of Colorado, School of Dental Medicine in a recent study, whitening treatments are among the most requested procedures at the dentist. The downside is that in chair whitening can cost upwards of $1,300 USD and these procedures are commonly associated with tooth sensitivity and pain. The use of certain concentrations of Hydrogen Peroxide have been shown to cause significant damage to enamel leading to severe sensitivity in response to hot, cold, sweet or spicy food. Other side effects include gum inflammation and root damage. But the good news is there are a variety of ways to help whiten your teeth at home.
3 best ways to whiten your teeth at home
- Whitening toothpastes are a popular choice for people just getting into teeth whitening as they are a non-invasive and inexpensive way to include whitening into your existing daily routine. Keep an eye out for a peroxide-free toothpaste that has protective qualities. Most popular whitening toothpastes such as our Day & Night Whitening Toothpaste include a micro shield wax and activated charcoal. They work by adding a barrier to your teeth to protect against pigments forming during the day as you eat and drink. The activated charcoal works to gradually whiten your teeth as you brush. This toothpaste includes 5 key minerals which strengthen your teeth, fight off harmful bacteria, reduce and prevent sensitivity and protect gums from decay and infection.
- Teeth whitening pens are a soft introduction to whitening outside of your regular routine. Our Teeth Whitening Pen has flexible bristles to coat in between those places that your toothbrush might miss, getting those stubborn stains that can build up unevenly across your smile. If you’re looking for the most time effective method, the Teeth Whitening Pen will only take 1 minute before rinsing.
- For those that are wanting results more similar to professional whitening in the comfort of their own home, a gel based teeth whitening kit is your best option. There are a variety of different whitening kits available on the market, many containing high concentrations of Hydrogen Peroxide causing sensitivity in many users. Our peroxide-free whitening kit takes 10 minutes repeated across 6 nights to achieve a minimum of 2 shades whiter. The active ingredient, PAP, oxides stains and discoloured molecules inside your teeth without the associated enamel damage or sensitivity. Hydroxyapatite is added as a repairing ingredient that helps to restore the enamel of our teeth and Potassium Nitrate prevents sensitivity by protecting the nerves in your teeth.
Steps to the perfect home teeth whitening routine
- Brush your teeth with the Night Toothpaste
- Use the Whitening Pen around the areas of your teeth that need more attention
- Whiten with the Kit for 10 minutes
- Spit and rinse after use, repeat for 6 nights
No one likes having stained teeth and professional whitening can be both expensive and painful. You can try preventative methods like reducing your intake of dark food and drink but stains are inevitable. Thankfully, there are much more cost effective options available for you to whiten your teeth at home without sensitivity.