Updated: Jan 26
One of the most attractive features of the face is a beautiful smile, after all, it is one of the ways we use to express ourselves and display our emotions. Everyone wants a bright, youthful radiant set of teeth, it makes a mountain of difference to our confidence. There are different ways to improve our smile from home teeth whitening to laser teeth whitening and others like composite bonding. This blog with talk about 5 different ways you can whitening your teeth at home.
NO . 1 - Whitening Toothpaste
Don’t start skipping along the greenery, we usually do not recommend using just whitening toothpaste to our Daiyah patients and here’s why.
Whilst regular toothpaste are designed to work on the health of teeth, whitening toothpaste are formulated to make your smile more bright by incorporating a ingredient that works by removing more surface stains when compared to regular non-whitening toothpastes.
This method really does test your patience, it can take up to 10 weeks even more to notice small difference in your smile. The whitening agent in these tooth pastes have a too low of a concentration.
If you are trying to brighten your teeth with whitening toothpaste, you will need to stop doing the things that originally stained your teeth in the first place. If you continue, simply put, you will not see the results you are anticipating, leaving you frowning and dissatisfied!
D A I Y A H Verdict Our experts do not recommend this technique!
NO . 2 - Whitening Strips
Teeth Whitening strips are very poplar these days, everyone is looking for a quick fix in line with our super busy schedules. Our Daiyah teeth specialist do not like the strips…and here is why.
This popular technique can be efficient, but it has its down sides. The surface of the teeth is not flat it is curved with pores and groves. The strips must be correctly positioned, even when done so, the whitening is far from uniform. Because of the way natural teeth sit and the surface texture when the whitening strip is applied to the teeth, the strip doesn't follow the natural groves and curvature. This can result in whiter areas but emphasising yellow stained look between the hard to reach places the teeth.
Using whitening strips incorrectly can not only cause gum and tooth sensitivity but permanently damage the enamel and the surface below, nobody wants this. Damaging the enamel and surface underneath lead to decay, which means compromising your oral health and spending more money for alternative treatments to fix what can initially be prevented.
D A I Y A H Verdict Our experts would skip the strips and you should too.
No. 3 - Oil Pulling
Oil pulling involves taking a table spoon of your chosen oil; swishing around the mouth for for 20 minutes. The oil will increase in volume and thought to pull out the bacteria in the mouth. Common oils used for oil pulling include organic sesame oil, sunflower oil or Daiyah favourite coconut oil!
Currently there is no hard scientific evidence to confirm oil pulling can actually whiten teeth however, this is a natural chemical free technique with minimal risk in trying to whitening teeth in this way.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that oil pulling may clear stains that appear on the teeth surface. Some oils have antibacterial properties, swishing oil around for 20 minutes in the mouth means fresher breath and reduce risk if cavities and gingivitis and possibly whiter teeth.
D A I Y A H Verdict Why not give it a go? No scientific evidence to support but no potential harm either, just remember to spit out the oil instead of swallowing, it's full of bacteria.
No . 4 - Charcoal Powder or Sodium Bicarbonate
Although activated charcoal sounds a like a natural and effective way to whiten your teeth with the added bonus of affordability. Let's stop for a moment as ask is this technique actually safe to use?
This technique flew onto the market some time ago, it includes dipping a wet tooth brush into the powder and brushing your teeth with it.
Th Charcoal powder does not remove stains from the teeth, essentially you are using a very abrasive material that scratches away at the enamel if your teeth. Over using this technique is harmful in the long run; taking away from the enamel, once enamel has eroded, it cannot be replaced, enamel does not grow back unlike our hair and nails!
D A I Y A H Verdict Use activated charcoal toothpaste instead, it is less abrasive, but even then we recommend only using once a week.
No . 5 - Whitening Trays with Gel
It is important to get your teeth whitening home kit gel from a reputable source, getting from a Dr office. The gels are prescribed by your dentist this means it is a professional grade, effective and most importantly safe to use.
There are two types of gels:
- Hydrogen peroxide is used for a couple of hours during the day,
- Carbamide peroxide is used during the night.
I personally like use the Hydrogen Peroxide for a few hours a day, once teeth are at the desired shade, you can reduce the time and frequency. It's a personal preference.
Over the night whitening systems doesn't necessarily work better and many people complain of sensitivity. Remember, if you do chose over the night teeth whitening system your trays must be tailored to your teeth.
D A I Y A H Verdict This is the most effective and safest way to whiten teeth. Using home kit gels alone does take little while longer to whiten teeth. Using in-clinic laser teeth whitening and home kit works very well in conjunction with one another.
There we go, 5 ways to whiten teeth at home! Remember just because you can whiten your teeth at home, it doesn't mean you should!