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Teeth Whitening – Should You Do it Yourself?

Americans have long been obsessed with their personal appearance, and the latest fad in improving personal appearance is teeth whitening. While teeth are naturally white in color, a number of things can cause them to yellow. Smoking cigarettes, drinking coffee and even heavy consumption of soft drinks can contribute to unsightly, yellow teeth. In recent years, a number of techniques have been developed to bleach or whiten stained or yellow teeth.

The best and most effective of these techniques are those that are obtained from dentists. Dental professionals have the ability to create custom molds that are fitted to the individual patient’s teeth, thus insuring that the whitening agents used will effectively coat the teeth. The downside of seeking treatment from a dentist is the cost, which can easily run into the hundreds or even thousands of dollars. For the average consumer, professional treatment may not be cost effective.

At the other extreme are the homemade methods of tooth whitening. A quick search on the Internet will turn up dozens of “recipes” for do it yourself teeth whitening pastes. Homemade whitening formulas may provide some degree of improvement in whitening yellow teeth, but the results are going to vary dramatically depending on the recipe. The recipes vary, according to the particular tastes and whims of those who create them, but one ingredient that seems to be common to most such recipes is baking soda. Baking soda can help whiten teeth, but anyone who has ever used baking soda knows that the substance can be quite abrasive. Using highly abrasive cleaning agents on your teeth may lead to dental problems that are far more serious than yellow teeth. The last thing you want to do when trying to save a few dollars on teeth whitening is cause a problem that leads to thousands of dollars in dental repair costs.

A good alternative to the above solutions is to try one of the many whitening systems that are sold over the counter or through the mail. These systems have become quite sophisticated in the last two or three years and some of them now offer results that rival those obtained from a dentist. Some of them include trays that can be molded to your own mouth and include chemicals that are similar, if not identical, to those used by dentists. Effective results can be obtained in just a few weeks at a cost of tens, rather than hundreds or thousands of dollars.

Keep in mind that the results of any kind of teeth whitening system can vary dramatically from one person to another. Not everyone has the same teeth or body chemistry, so a product that offers immediate results for one individual may not offer any improvement for someone else.

So, should you try to whiten your teeth yourself?

All of the methods above can provide results, but professional whitening will probably provide the greatest improvement in appearance, although it will also include the highest cost to the consumer. Homemade recipes offer the cheapest solution, but are not without risk as many of them are highly abrasive. Over the counter whitening solutions offer a nice balance between the two, and can often safely provide substantially whiter teeth at a fraction of the cost of having your teeth bleached by a dentist.



Source by Charles Essmeier

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