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How to safely whiten your teeth at home

June 5, 2022

Filed under: Family Dentistry,General Dentistry — fava @ 12:00 am

DIY is a great thing and has helped many people find a quick fix for their problems over the years. They can get you out of a pickle while saving you money. In most cases, these might be a great solution, but they can cause more harm than good in terms of dental hygiene. 

Teeth can become discolored and deeply stained over time for various reasons. Most of these are lifestyle choices that can yellow your teeth in no time. Foods and drinks with coloring and smoking are the most common reasons. Not only that, but poor dental hygiene is a massive reason for this as well. 

Why over the counter products don’t work?

Most over-the-counter whitening kits that you can buy at a pharmacy may not get you the results that you are looking for. On top of that, if you have sensitive gums or weak enamel, these products can seriously damage your teeth and gums. 

They also take a long time to set in and only offer minimal surface whitening. They are, at best high-risk quick fixes that cannot replace Torbram Dental’s teeth cleaning and professional at-home whitening kit. Not only do you get a deep clean of your oral cavity, but you also get long-lasting results. 

Is DIY the safest route?

You must have seen ads and posts on social media and TV about the latest teeth whitening solutions in town. All of them claim to be effective, quick, and cheap to do, and you can do them from the comfort of your home. 

Baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, turmeric, fruit peels, and lemon are some of the most widely shared DIY solutions. But there is no scientific proof that these are good for your oral hygiene. Teeth whitening is not as easy as one thinks, and you can cause harm to your teeth if you do not know what you are doing. 

Using baking soda and lemon will upset the pH balance of your mouth. The acidic nature of lemon makes the enamel layer weak and may even erode some of it. Suppose you have cavities or wounds in your mouth; most over-the-counter teeth whitening kits or DIY solutions can cause complications. 

Activated charcoal has shown some promising results, but it varies from person to person. With a considerable fluctuation in the actual whitening, it is best to avoid it. It may assist with surface stains, but it is not recommended if you are looking for a deeper treatment. It is best to save your money on these solutions.  

Professional Whitening Kit

This teeth whitening at-home kit was developed to make teeth whitening an easy and effective process. Torbram Dental shares that it is an excellent and safe solution for whitening teeth at home.

How to use the Opalescence Whitening Kit

Before adding the whitening trays to your mouth, make sure you have brushed and flossed your teeth. 

In the tooth trays, pour a bit of the product into the tooth space. Make sure that you do not get the product on your gums. Remove excess product with a cotton swab or tissue.

Repeat this for the next 10-14 days, and you can do a touch-up every 6 months or so. For best results, use it overnight but wearing the trays 2-4 hours a day will also lead to good results. 

No matter what your method, one common side effect of teeth whitening is sensitivity. But adding the Sensodyne F toothpaste to your oral health regime will help you get rid of sensitivity. 

If you are using any of the above teeth whitening products, avoid tea, coffee, wine, and tobacco products until the process is completed. After the process is complete, keep the leftover Opalescence in a cool and dry place. 

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