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Teeth Whitening At Home

Teeth Whitening At Home

Formerly, the only way to have one teeth whitened was to visit a dentist but many people are not comfortable with the idea of visiting a dentist. Thus, they tend to postpone their appointments and ultimately forget about it. Even though people are eager to get their teeth whitened, they tend to ignore it for fear of going to the dentist. Those people who are wary of visiting the dentist for teeth whitening should go for natural teeth whitening products, which can be used easily at home.

Teeth whitening at home products were launched keeping such people in mind, and people were more than willing to go for it. These primarily catered to such people who were afraid to go the dentist and were not willing to shell out such huge sums for a teeth-whitening treatment. The cost of teeth whitening at home is comparatively less than a fraction of a visit to the dentist entails. These teeth whitening at home methods might seem conventional and outdated to some but people continue to trust in these time-tested methods and the results are equally successful today as they were once.

Some teeth whitening at home methods are still in use today.

1.     Soda bicarbonate mixed with water.

Bicarbonate soda paste is easily available in supermarket and drug stores. Many people use it to whiten their teeth. This paste is combined with water and is to be gargled on a regular basis. Constant use of this mixture results in whiter teeth.

2.     Lemon juice and salt.

A mix of lemon juice and salt, when applied regularly on the teeth helps in the removal of the yellowish tinge on teeth. The acidity of the lemon juice helps in the whitening of teeth. If used on a regular basis, the dull yellow color of the teeth is reduced to a large extent.

3.     Bay leaf and dried orange peel.

Bay leaf when combined with the dried peel of an orange helps in teeth whitening. One simply has to apply these two ingredients together and the result will be there for all to see.

4.     Inner part of orange peel.

Most of us have observed the inner white part of an orange peel. We generally discard it considering it of no use. However, many people are not aware of its teeth whitening properties. One just needs to rub this white portion on the teeth regularly to get shiny white teeth.

The above list gives an idea of some of the ways by which one can do teeth whitening at home by using natural homemade remedies. Today many laboratory made teeth whitening products are available in the market that one can use. The benefit of using these homemade remedies ensures that they do not come with any side effects. They are quite affordable too.

Most people start whitening their teeth with natural teeth whitening at home remedies.  But after a while, they see that these teeth whitening at home methods are slow.  They usually opt for teeth whitening kits purchased with carbamide peroxide whitening gels, trays, and lights. Reputable companies should be chosen for teeth whitening kits.

There are video instructions available on how to use teeth whitening kits in this article.

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Teeth Whitening Cost

If you want a smile makeover for that special occasion or are just conscious about your stained teeth due to excessive smoking and coffee consumption, teeth whitening is the ideal solution for you. It would not only enhance your smile but also increase your self-esteem.  It is better for one to know about the essential facts regarding teeth whitening, its categories and the cost incurred before choosing a method.  The below mentioned facts give one an idea about all these factors.

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening comes under the purview of cosmetic dentistry.  This process helps remove the discolorations caused by regular usage of beverages and other lifestyle choices.  Moreover, teeth whitening also helps reduce the pigmentation marks formed on teeth in the normal course of time.

The success of the treatment will obviously depend upon the degree to which the teeth have been discolored.  If the stains are due to tea, coffee or smoking then whitening treatment can lighten the teeth up to four or five shades.  If the stains are a result of hereditary factors or intake of antibiotics then expect the teeth to be brighter by two to three shades.

Teeth whitening can be undertaken by two methods namely:

Professional whitening systems – A professional treatment involves going to the dentist who use whitening gel in conjunction with a laser treatment to achieve the desired result. The main concern is the cost of these applications.

Home based remedies – It is done at home during the gap between professional appointments where one uses tray based whitening techniques customized by a dentist or follows completely home-made remedies. One’s dentist can prescribe the technique to be followed or if you wish you can also follow the instructions provided on the kit.

It is true that your teeth would be considerably brighter after using these at home whitening kits.

Apart from the time factor involved one must also take into consideration the cost involved in a teeth whitening treatment.  Going to the dentist might set you back by about 500 to 2000$, depending upon the severity of the case. Home based bleaching trays personalized by dentists would be available in the range 100 to 300$.  Over the counter whiteners such as Crest Night Effect and Colgate Simply White Night are relatively inexpensive but they are not very strong.

The moot point is that one must first decide whether or not to whiten ones teeth or not and if the answer is yes, then to make a careful study of the pros and cons of choosing a whitening method. Whichever method you choose, your teeth are definitely going to be brighter and better.

At home teeth whitening kits with strong gels and self bade teeth whitening trays can be an optimum solution.  It costs less than professional treatments and stronger than Crest of Colgate.  Best of both worlds..

It must be noted that the gels used in teeth whitening contain peroxide which make the tooth extremely sensitive to hot and cold food.  If you have sensitive teeth you may use re-mineralization gels.  Poorly mold whitening trays can lead to oversensitive gums.  Because poorly made trays will leak the gel to gums.

Some over-the-counter whitening kits damage the enamels making it thin and brittle. In some cases, the underlying dentin gets exposed which gradually gets discolored.  Therefore, before going for a treatment, do consider these factors and decide which is more important to you – a perfect smile or the health of your teeth.

There are different strength levels of carbamide peroxide teeth whitening gels.

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Using toothpaste to whiten teeth at home

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Whiten teeth at home

The main problem with the whitening toothpaste is that it doesn’t contain enough concentration of any whitening agent to make a remarkable difference in your teeth. So, the very short answer is “you can’t whiten teeth at home instantly, if you are using toothpaste”. But if you want to maintain your whiteness or if you have given yourself a long time to whiten teeth at home, toothpaste can be a solution.

Brushing teeth is a short process. No body brushes for more than 2-3 minutes. A few minutes with mild whitening elements will not be enough to drastically whiten your teeth.

However, there is another risk of  gradually tearing the surface of your tooth enamel because of the scratching of the toothbrush and paste against your teeth.  Brushing teeth will remove the surface stains of the teeth.  Deeper stains will not be removed. The main reason of the yellow teeth is these deep stains.

There are good toothpastes with ingredients to whiten teeth at home.  One good example is Colgate

Some people have been using this toothpaste to whiten teeth at home for many years.  Their main suggestion is to do a good teeth whitening session once or twice a year with an effective teeth whitening kit or with teeth whitening strips.

Once they achieve a good level of whiteness, they will keep using the toothpastes to maintain their white teeth.



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Teeth Whitening Myth: Hollywood White Smile

Myth on Hollywood White Smile

Myth #8: Anyone can have the white teeth they see on TV  (Hollywood White Smile) regardless of their teeth.

Teeth structure is a part of our DNA, just like any other feature. Everyone has a unique type of teeth since birth. Unfortunately, not all types of teeth can reach to the degree of white that they want and this is very disappointing to many people. The fact is, some individuals have genetically off-white or yellow teeth and the bleaching products only remove the stains from teeth and get it back to the natural birth color of teeth, which is still far from Hollywood white .  This variations of teeth color is due to many reasons.  Most of cases, due to genetic causes that gives the teeth the grey or pale blue color or even yellowish. Other cases due to intensive use of antibiotics as tetracycline, these called deep stains and is not easily removed. Now, you clearly should know that the whitening agents such as carbamide peroxide only removes the stains from teeth and don’t change its original birth color but in some cases it can improve the color of tinted teeth.

As you think of all the movie stars with their white teeth and say that it’s not possible that all of them have genetically white teeth by luck. That is right, Hollywood stars pay thousands to make their teeth look that pure white by using a Veneers made from porcelain. You can also use this technology to get yourself the same look.  As always carbamide peroxide whitening gels can get you a very satisfactory degree of whiteness and doesn’t cost you a lot of money. One more note on the Hollywood White Smile: Photoshop…

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Teeth Whitening Trays Myth

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Myth #7.1: Best teeth whitening results can be achieved with dentist purchased expensive teeth whitening trays

The truth is, dentists offer expensive special customs trays, which work great.  But it is also true that you can just mold your own teeth whitening trays at home.  Cool Teeth Whitening Kits come with thermo-form teeth whitening trays.  This is a new technology which was not available before.  Dentists had to work on custom trays in the past. Cool Teeth Whitening Home kits come with the boil-n-bite thermo-form mouth trays.  If you do not mold the trays carefully, they may be uncomfortable.  And not properly shaped – mold trays will not work great. But the good news is, you can redo the molding many times until you are satisfied.  Teeth whitening trays keep the gel in place and protects your gums, lips and tongue from the gel.

There are detailed instructions on how to mold and customize your teeth whitening trays at home. Please the instructions pages and videos on

Myth #7.2: You have to have some type of teeth whitening trays

Frankly, this is also not entirely true.

Teeth whitening trays work great but they are just tools to keep the gel in touch with your teeth, away from your gums, away from your lips and cheeks.  If you don’t like to wear teeth whitening trays or you don’t think you want to mold them, you can eliminate the trays. Here is how:

The idea is to get the gel in touch with the teeth. Some of our clients prefer to apply gel directly to your teeth, using a cotton swab like tool. They usually are very uncomfortable while trying not to touch their teeth but it works.  The advantage is, you control specifically where you whiten.