woman brushing teeth There are many ways to whiten teeth depending on the level of tooth discoloration, the type of stains and how much lighter you want your teeth to look. So if you are looking top whiten your teeth, below are some of the options you can consider. It is however important to a dentist first so that he can examine your teeth and your medical history.

Home-Based Bleaching

As the name suggests, this type of tooth whitening can be done by anyone using peroxide containing whiteners which bleach the enamel. These whiteners that come in a gel and is placed on a light tray that fits your teeth or as whitening strips that stick to the teeth can be purchased from a dentist or over the counter . They are generally effective in brightening teeth stained yellowed from coffee, tea and wine stains to a shade or two lighter.

In-office Bleaching

Usually the most expensive method, it is also the most effective and the teeth may become three to eight shades lighter after the procedure. The dentist will bleach your teeth after first applying a protective gel or elastic shield in order to protect your gums. He may heighten the bleaching process using laser light or a special light. The process can be done in an hours visit to the dentist the effect may last for up to a year or longer.

Whitening Toothpastes

There are special kinds of toothpastes that contain special chemicals and polishing agents that are effective in removing surface stains. They cannot change the color of the teeth unlike other bleaches. They can only make your teeth brighter while they scrub your teeth.

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Traditional Methods

Many people still whiten their teeth by scrubbing or brushing and rinsing their teeth using baking soda or a solution of baking soda. One can also achieve a brighter smile by eating crunchy fruits and vegetables like carrots, celery and apples.

It is however important to note that sometimes, bleaching or teeth whitening may lead to enamel erosion. This may cause or increase tooth sensitivity.