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How to Whiten Your Teeth: 8 Tips From Our Dentists

Smiling at the people around us is one of the most normal everyday interactions we can have. But for those of us with yellow teeth, smiling wide is the last thing we want to do.

Thankfully, there are numerous professional and DIY ways to whiten our teeth. However, it’s not always easy to choose the right solution for our teeth.

That’s why our dentists have compiled this list of professional and at-home methods to make your teeth several shades whiter. Keep reading to learn more!

 

Professional teeth whitening services

1. In-clinic bleaching

2. Outpatient bleaching

3. Teeth scaling

How to get whiter teeth at home

4. Baking soda

Sea salt

6. Whitening foods

7. Dental floss

8. Whitening toothpaste

For whiter teeth, contact the dentists at Clinique Dentaire 1935

 

Professional teeth whitening services

Getting your teeth professionally whitened by your dentist is often more effective and long-lasting than doing it yourself.

Even beyond the results themselves, your dentist can use their expertise to suggest treatments tailored to your oral health. Your dentist can conduct a dental examination to find the source of the yellowing and, above all, tell you if whitening products are safe for your teeth.

1. In-clinic bleaching

When getting your teeth whitened at the dentist, they will apply a whitening agent on the surface of your teeth. This product acts on the enamel to eliminate stains and lighten the colour of your teeth.

However, it is important to note that bleaching is not a permanent solution. Also, since teeth colour varies from person to person, results will also vary from person to person. In general, you can expect your teeth to be two to three shades lighter after this procedure.

You will need to have this done about every two years to keep your teeth white.

2. Outpatient bleaching

To complete the teeth whitening process, you can opt for an ambulatory (outpatient) whitening. This technique is designed to prolong your teeth whiteness without having to visit a specialist.

Unlike the previous method, you do not need to take special precautions to protect your gums, because this method uses a much lower concentration of whitening products. Your dentist will give you special mouthguards, which you then fill with the whitening gel and insert into your mouth.

A week before this process, you can ask your dentist to use a specific toothpaste to prepare the enamel.

3. Teeth scaling

To complement or replace the above methods, you can make an appointment once or twice a year with your dentist to have your teeth scaled. Scaling removes tartar that your toothbrush couldn’t get and ultimately brightens your smile.

How to get whiter teeth at home

If you don’t want to visit the dentist, there are several home-use tricks to whiten your teeth.

4. Baking soda

Baking soda is a multi-purpose miracle product—and it’s also a great natural teeth whitener! This is because it is a natural descaling agent, known for its abrasive properties.

To use it, you can replace your usual toothpaste with baking soda once a week. However, don’t use it more frequently than this because it can lead to damaged enamel.

5. Sea salt

Iodine is an excellent natural teeth whitener, and iodine-rich sea salt in particular can be a great go-to.

As with the baking soda, you can use a pinch of coarse salt in warm water once a week to clean your teeth.

6. Whitening foods

What you eat affects the colour of your teeth. It is therefore important to maintain a healthy diet if you want to have white teeth. Foods like apples or mint have “cleaning” properties, which can also make your teeth appear brighter.

You can also rub half of a lemon on your teeth for a few seconds. But be careful not to over-do this method because it may damage your enamel, which would cause the opposite of teeth whitening.

7. Dental floss

Flossing removes plaque and residue from between your teeth, making it an excellent complement to other whitening methods.

Flossing alone will not whiten your teeth, so you should pair it with regular brushing. Also be careful to avoid your gums when flossing.

8. Whitening toothpaste

There are certain toothpastes that whiten and protect your teeth. Different toothpastes will have different ingredients that make them more or less effective at whitening.

You should also be aware that this type of toothpaste can also affect your dental health. Ask your dentist about the right whitening toothpaste for your teeth.

For whiter teeth, contact the dentists at Clinique Dentaire 1935

Whether you visit a professional or go the at-home route, it is always wise to consult your dentist before whitening your teeth. You want to make sure you receive the right advice.

At Clinique Dentaire 1935,  we use the Philips Zoom teeth whitening method for our clients. It is a safe, effective and simple system that will whiten your smile up to 8 shades!

For any questions about teeth whitening or to make an appointment, contact your dentist today.

 

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