How to Brighten Your Smile


Yellow or stained teeth are a common problem that most people will have to deal with over the course of life. This problem may be caused by the natural effects of aging, smoking and even eating and drinking various products. For example, drinking coffee, tea and dark soda regularly can result in discolored teeth. As common as this problem is, stained or yellow teeth can have a negative impact on your image and on your self-confidence level. Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about it, and your mouth may be the focal point of another person’s gaze during a face-to-face conversation. The good news is that there are several effective ways to whiten your yellow or stained teeth by at least a few shades.

Professional Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening is a service offered by most dentists. It usually involves visiting the dentist several times over the course of a few weeks to receive a series of whitening treatments. Different whitening methods may be used, such as the use of trays, laser treatments and more. Professional teeth whitening may be the most expensive and the most time-consuming teeth whitening treatment available, but it often is the most effective. You may expect faster results overall as well as more pronounced levels of whitening as a result of professional treatment in many cases.

At-Home Whitening Kits

A variant of professional teeth whitening is an at-home whitening treatment. There are numerous whitening kits available for you to choose from, and they use various methods. For example, one method requires you to use whitening trays for a period of time regularly. Another method requires you to apply whitening strips to your teeth. These treatments may produce less significant results at a slower pace, but they are nonetheless effective. More than that, they may be much more affordable and more convenient than professional treatments.

Hydrogen Peroxide

The use of hydrogen peroxide to whiten teeth is an affordable and convenient option to consider, and it is highly effective. A bottle of hydrogen peroxide usually costs less than a few dollars. Keep in mind that you should not swallow hydrogen peroxide. One of the more convenient ways to use hydrogen peroxide for teeth whitening is to pour a small amount over your toothbrush before brushing as usual. Another idea is to swish with it, and then rinse your mouth out with fresh water. There are also several toothpaste products that contain varying amounts of hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide can lose its effectiveness over time and when exposed to sunlight. Therefore, always store it in the brown bottle that it is sold in with the cap on tightly. You may also store it in the refrigerator to further ensure its longevity.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is an effective household product that can do wonders for your teeth. Any store-bought baking soda will work well. Simply dip your damp toothbrush into the baking soda, and brush your teeth as usual. You can repeat this step several times per week to achieve stunning results. Like hydrogen peroxide, this is an affordable and convenient way to whiten your teeth. You can find toothpaste products that contain baking soda, and the amount of baking soda included in the formula varies. There are also a few toothpaste products that contain both baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, and these toothpaste products may be the most convenient option because they do not require you to take any additional hygiene steps.

Regardless of whether you are willing to pay more for fast results or you are happy seeing slow, steady results on a dime, there is a tooth whitening method that will work well for you. Remember that tooth whitening results are not seen overnight. Regardless of the method that you choose, be patient. In addition, many methods will only whiten your teeth by a few shades. Therefore, you should not expect to see dramatic results regardless of the method that you use. You may, however, continue to use treatments as needed to reduce the impact of future yellowing and staining.

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Kevin Schultz is a professional journalist with over 15 years of writing and media experience. He is a full-time contributor to the Themocracy Online News Blog and his insightful writing has been enjoyed by thousands.