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Whitening: What Works, What Doesn’t

Whitening: What Works, What Doesn’t

Aug 30, 2018

While it is important to put emphasis on the importance of healthy teeth, it is noteworthy to find out what will help you and what will not.

Why do teeth turn yellow?

We are all born with pearly white teeth, but over time we can lose the white shine. But why do we lose the shine? While genetics play a strong role in the whiteness of teeth, the yellow ‘dentin’ under the enamel can also become visible and make the teeth look yellow. This happens when the white enamel wears off from acidic foods and aging.

Do natural whitening remedies help?

Many people visit the dentist to regain their white smile. However, others continue to perform natural remedies to whiten their teeth. The truth of the matter is that these remedies are quite risky and do not work all the time. The most common remedy is to use fruit to remove the yellow layer, but fruits such as lemon will only damage your teeth because they will produce acid and wear off the enamel even more.

Should I use whitening strips?

Whitening strips have proven to be quite effective in removing stains. But you should take care that it does not damage your gums. In case you are worried about your gums, you should consider using custom whitening trays. These will help you reach the curves of your teeth without coming into contact with your gums.

How do I maintain white teeth?

Decaying your teeth and whitening them up time and again is not a safe way to keep healthy teeth. Over time, the consistent use of bleaching products will harm your teeth and enamel. So the best practice is to brush gently twice a day, floss and use mouthwash to kill bacteria in your mouth. If you want a professionally whiter smile with less of the risk, then talk to your dentist about a professional in-office whitening.