Brightening Those Pearly Whites

The first-world problem of having stained teeth was hadly the concern of 15th-century Florence or Ancient Egypt, but in today’s modern world, we want to represent ourselves with two things: a 911 Carrera Porsche and white teeth. The former may prove awfully difficult to come by sometimes, which is why most people take the latter into their own hands. Getting white teeth is something you can actually control to a certain extent, so many people opt to whiten their teeth, which is a non-medical procedure that can be done more than one way.

Whitening Toothpaste

So, you can definitely keep a sharp eye out for any of those toothpastes out there that claim to whiten your teeth. Several of them are effective, and you can certainly get the desired results out of them if you’re willing to put in the work. The whitening pastes on the market today are basically whitening your teeth by way of an abrasive substance that literally scrapes the surface stains right off your teeth and polishes those pearly whites of yours. This is a very effective method of whitening your teeth.

The only problem that people need to consider when taking this route is that whitening toothpaste isn’t simply a cure-all, and it’s certainly no cheat code. The appearance of whiter teeth does not make your teeth cleaner, nor does it make your gums cleaner. This is purely an aesthetic concern that you’re meeting with this toothpaste. That being said, you also may not necessarily see the results you want to see if you don’t brush regularly or properly. The abrasive substance works, but you still have to brush as efficiently as possible to see those results. If you only brush in the mornings and only do a lackluster job, then you can expect your teeth to look the same two months from now as they do today.

Bleaching Your Teeth

Now, bleaching is a whole ‘nother animal altogether from whitening. They may sound like synonyms, but in this context, the term, bleaching, refers to the procedure by which your dentist actually changes the color of your enamel. The dentist is ordinarily both willing and able to bleach your teeth for you if you decide you want the work done professionally. The process of bleaching your teeth genuinely does change the color of the enamel, though, and that is the primary difference between bleaching your teeth and simply relying on fluoride toothpaste equipped with tartar control.

The dentist will be able to remove the stains that are visible on your teeth, and he or she will be able to even lift from your enamel the deeper stains that are less noticeable but often harder to remove. Rest assured; the job will be done thoroughly. Some dentists may give you the DIY lifehack experience, though. Let’s face it: many of us are do-it-yourselfers whether we know what we’re doing or not, and your dentist is aware that you might be one of those people. Perhaps your dentist is merely empathizing, but whatever the case may be, you can use the kit that your dentist gives you to do the job on your own if you prefer.

Actually, if you’re really dead-set on drinking Clorox yourself (joke—don’t drink Clorox), you can acquire the same kit (or roughly the same) over the counter at a clinic or possibly at your dentist’s office. The kit is a rather popular means by which to whiten your teeth and thereby pull the wool over our eyes, so there are a number of places you can go if all you need is this kit. Whatever methods you employ, though, the important factor is going to be carbamide peroxide. This is the chemical that actually bleaches your teeth, so to speak. Any kit you find for this purpose is going to use solutions that are based on this compound to some extent. Primarily, the concentration is what may change.