The two things that every great smile has are straight teeth and white teeth. This is undisputed. If you don’t have both components, we can help. Orthodontic treatments are available to help you with the straight part, and dental whitening is meant to help you on the color front. With dental whitening, like with many things in life, you get what you pay for. Here is a breakdown of some dental whitening methods that may help you get the smile you are looking for.
Three Ways to Whiten Your Teeth
These whitening methods will help you achieve varying levels of whiteness for your smile. You can find a cost breakdown and effectiveness rating under each type of dental whitening.
Natural Dental Whitening – Mother Nature is the one who gave us our white teeth, so it only makes sense that she would provide some natural remedies when it comes to keeping your teeth their natural color. Hydrogen peroxide is a naturally occurring substance used as the whitening agent in both store-bought and professional dental whitening methods. You can buy a bottle at the grocery store for around $1 or $2. Mix some baking soda with the peroxide and you have a homemade whitening paste that can help brighten your smile.
Another natural whitening solution involves strawberries. Not only do they taste great and signal the arrival of summer, but they are also very beneficial for the color of your smile. Strawberries contain a substance called malic acid. This acid is a natural enamel whitener, but don’t think that getting a whiter smile is as easy as eating a ton of strawberries. You need to mash the strawberries into a pulp, mix them with some baking soda, and spread the paste across your teeth. After about five minutes, you can rinse your mouth, brush your teeth, and admire your brighter smile.
- Cost: Hydrogen Peroxide – $1 – $2 (16 oz.)
- Strawberries – $3.00 – $4.00 (1 lb.)
- Baking Soda – $1.00 (16 oz.)
- Effectiveness: Mild to moderate dental whitening for light stains, but will take longer to see results when compared to other whitening methods.
Store-Bought Teeth Whitening – This is what many people turn to when they are looking for a whiter smile. It is convenient, accessible, and not expensive. This is the next level of dental whitening above the natural options. You have options ranging from whitening strips to whitening trays. The most popular these days seem to be the whitening strips. They are easy to use (though can be a little messy). The trick is finding one that is going to be effective for the type of staining you are dealing with. Coffee, tobacco, and medical staining are tough nuts to crack, and store-bought options may not pack the punch you need to get your teeth back to their naturally white appearance. Paying attention to reviews of the product will help you identify which one may be right for you.
- Cost: Off-Brands – $15 – $20 (per treatment)
- Name Brand – $40 – $60 (per treatment)
- Effectiveness: Moderate dental whitening, will see results within a week or two of your first use. Will need to use and repurchase regularly for results.
Professional Dental Whitening – For those looking for the fastest and most effective dental whitening available, there is no other option to consider past professional dental whitening. As dental professionals, we are allowed to use a much higher concentration of whitening element than what you will find in store-bought solutions. That’s because the FDA regulates the potency of store-bought whitening to keep consumers safe from injury when using these dental whitening products. OTC whitening may be great for the color of your teeth, but not so much your gums and lips. It is important to keep the solution off of those areas of your mouth.
At S&G Family Dentistry, our dentists will correctly apply the more powerful whitening solution and keep it from getting onto your gums and lips, where it may cause sensitivity or injury. The more powerful gel gives you a whiter smile in as little as one treatment, and with our whitening for life program, you can have wonderfully whiter teeth for rest of your life for only $99!
- Cost: $99 One-Time Fee (must attend bi-yearly dental checkups)
- Effectiveness: Moderate to intense dental whitening, will see results in as little as one treatment.
To find the whitening solution that is right for you, call our dentists at our Leawood, KS office today at 913-945-1612. You can schedule your appointment using our online form as well.