You might love your vices – like red wine, coffee and tea – but if enjoying the food and drinks you love means changing the colour of your teeth, it might be time to look into teeth whitening, and discovering which methods and products are right for you.
Try a natural remedy
There are many ways to brighten your smile quickly and safely, but what can be better than doing it naturally?
Strawberries can help whiten teeth due to an enzyme called malic acid, also found in some whitening toothpastes. Try mashing up a few strawberries, rubbing them on your teeth and letting the juice settle for one minute before rinsing with water.
Baking Soda is an acid neutraliser that gently removes stains and harmful build-up from the enamel and one of the strongest, safest ways of whitening your teeth. Sprinkle a little onto your toothbrush on top of your regular toothpaste every day to start the process now.
Lemons and other citrus fruits cause the mouth to produce more saliva, which helps to clean and whiten your teeth. For the lemon touch, rinse your teeth with a mix of half water and half lemon juice to naturally bleach your teeth. Never use straight lemon juice, which is too acidic and may be harmful to your teeth.
Try an over the counter product
There are many products you can buy over the counter in your local pharmacy that will help to whiten your teeth. Some will be more effective than others but trial and error is the best way to go about finding a treatment that suits you.
Colgate Optic White contains a gentle, lower hydrogen peroxide level and has the same active ingredients that are used on whitening strips. When used as directed for four weeks, it can drastically improve the appearance of your teeth.
Colgate Total works to reduce 90 per cent of plaque germs for up to 12 hours. It contains a special dual silica technology that banishes stains and stops new ones appearing.
The Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed can be ordered online and is a scientifically advanced gadget utilising the most advanced LED whitening technology, ideal for anyone looking for instant teeth whitening results.
Try professional dental services
These can sometimes be costly but if you’re constantly concerned about the colour of your teeth and your over-the-counter products aren’t working with much success, it might be worth considering professional dental services.
Zoom! Tooth Whitening is a safe, long-lasting and comfortable procedure using special whitening gel activated by light to penetrate your teeth’s enamel. Applied by your dentist, this treatment can whiten your teeth an average of eight shades in one session. Costs vary.
Smartbleach is the world's most effective laser tooth-whitening system, which has been available in Australia since 1999. One treatment guarantees whiter teeth and a brighter smile straight away. Costs vary.
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