You might be unhappy with stained or yellow teeth, even to the point of feeling self conscious about your smile. In this guide to home teeth whitening I look at kits and products you can use at home compared to a professional teeth whitening treatment from your dentist.
Why Do Teeth Get Stained?
Have you ever wondered why your teeth get yellow or stained?
There are many reasons why teeth get discolored. The main reasons are:
- Heredity – Yes, sometimes we inherit yellowed teeth from our parents!
- Consumption of staining substances (such as tea, coffee, and soda).
- Excessive fluoride and use of abrasives (which only expose dentin and causes severe discoloration).
- Tetracycline (antibiotic) staining.
Toothpastes that have whitening agents can minimize the stain that is on the surface of the teeth. This surface staining is called by dentists “extrinsic staining”. Examples of these stains would be drinking lots of red wine.
However, getting a professional teeth cleaning or using a whitening toothpaste will not change the intrinsic staining of the teeth (deeper staining such as that caused by antibiotics and heredity). This is the main reason why professional and home tooth whitening is so popular.
Home Teeth Whitening vs. Dentist Treatment?
Teeth whitening remedies are split into two categories:
- Professional whitening systems
This is usually performed by dentists using whitening gels and lasers to activate the solution. This is normally done inside a dental clinic.
The main complaint women who opt for a professional dentist teeth whitening treatment is that the cost can be very high, and soon adds up as it needs to be repeated.
Some women feel more comfortable putting their trust into the hands of a professional dentist. However, there are plenty of safe teeth whitening products you can use at home that are just as trustworthy.
- Home teeth whitening methods
This could either be done in-between appointments with a dentist or using a whitening kit,pen or tray-based whitening system.The advantage of lower cost is a reason why this method is very popular. Also, you have the convenience of being able to get whiter teeth at home.
Some women choose to use home-made remedies from natural and herbal ingredients, but reports of sensitivity and damage occurring when too-strong ingredients are used are rife on the internet. It would make me feel more comfortable using a home based kit or pen for example, where the ingredients strength is carefully monitored.
Best Home Teeth Whitening Product
If you do decide to go for a home teeth whitening product, I would highly recommend buying an Idol White pen. The pen application allows you to avoid putting the gel on your gums (which is a problem with many tray based kits). This adds to the safety of the product.
It is endorsed by Kim Kardashian, who has beautifully white teeth. This alone is enough to convince many women that Idol White is right for them, but I would also emphasis how effective it is as demonstrated by the many positive testimonials as you can see in my full review: