There are a myriad of methods to whiten your teeth available on the market, from strips and gels at home to bleaching or laser treatments at your dentist’s office. While some methods take longer than others, they’ll all work – as long as you have the patience to stick with them.
The methods that work faster will typically have higher concentrations of hydrogen peroxide, but can typically lead to gum irritation and tooth sensitivity. In some cases, the side effects can be severe.
It’s important to discuss your options with your dentist before you start whitening treatments. Your dentist can walk you through the various home remedies and in-office treatments, and you’ll need to have any fillings or crowns checked before you start.
Stains on your teeth can be caused by many different factors, but typically smoking and coffee drinking top the list. Aging can also lead to yellowed teeth as your enamel wears down.
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For more information on teeth whitening and recent studies, see this article on the Well blog at the New York Times.