A smile can give an impression of sensuality, dominance, success and also spark trust in those around us. However, many people hide their smiles or refrain from smiling in public because they are embarrassed by the yellow appearance of their teeth. There are several factors that contribute to yellowing of the teeth such as the ageing, hereditary, poor dental hygiene, excessive consumption of tea, coffee and cigarettes. Additionally, high doses of antibiotics, climatic conditions, infection and poor metabolism also contribute to discolouring of the teeth. So, it’s no surprise that there are so many whitening products on the market today to do this. However, brighter smiles have been desirable long before modern solutions were, so there are ample home remedies that can be used.
Types of Teeth Whitening
There are various ways of teeth whitening including in-office treatment, with over the counter products or using home remedies. For in-office treatments your dentist will work with you to build a cosmetic treatment plan to effectively address your dental concern and meet your cosmetic goals. Professional teeth whitening gels are designed by dental technicians who have completed their diploma in dental technology and have been registered with the Dental Council of Australia so they are safe and reliable and you can trust upon. The gel is designed to minimise tooth sensitivity and offers great results.
In addition to dentists being allowed to carry out tooth whitening, dental therapists and clinical dental technicians who have carried out the relevant additional nursing bridging courses can carry out tooth whitening under the supervision of a dentist.
You can try some home remedies as well to naturally whiten your teeth and even some over the counter tooth whitening products contain them and dentists recommend them too. Here are our top 5 home remedies for teeth whitening.
- Baking Soda and Lemon
Baking soda and lemon are known for being one of the most effective options for whitening teeth. This is the reason why they are added to a number of toothpaste brands. Baking soda when mixed with lemon juice forms a chemical reaction which whitens the teeth. However, even one of these ingredients works well, but together they are super effective. Stir a spoon of baking soda in few drops of lemon juice and apply it to your toothbrush and brush your teeth as usual, however, just use this remedy once a week.
Strawberries are rich in vitamin C and an enzyme called malic acid which helps whiten teeth. The astringent found in strawberries helps to remove surface stains, while vitamin C washes away plaque. Mash a few strawberries and brush with the mixture once or twice a week, you can also eat strawberries, but make sure to chew them really well allowing to do the brushing on their own.
- Orange Peel
Orange peel contains d-limonene an enzyme that helps remove stains from teeth. The enzyme is on the whiter part of the peel and with regular use reduces the yellow tinge on the teeth. Rub the whiter part of orange peel all over your teeth every night before going to sleep. The vitamin C and calcium in the peel will fight microorganisms throughout the night, do this for a few weeks for effective results.
Salt is one of the fundamental dental cleansing agent that has been used for ages to whiten the teeth. It also helps replenish lost mineral content in the teeth. Use common salt with a tooth powder each morning and brush the regular way. You can even mix salt with charcoal or baking soda and gently rub it on your teeth. However, when using salt you need to be careful and gently rub your teeth as roughly using it may damage your gums and tooth enamel.
Apples are another great home remedy to naturally whiten your teeth. Eating crunchy apples can scrub your teeth like a toothbrush and make them whiter. Simply chewing removes excess food and bacteria from your mouth but you need to chew it thoroughly so that the acidic nature of the apple and its fibre rich flesh get ample time to work on your teeth. You can also eat other crunchy foods like carrots, cucumber and broccoli.
So, these are few of the home remedies for whitening your teeth to get a radiant smile.