Professional Teeth Whitening v Natural Alternatives

Having a pure white smile is a struggle for many people, and many tooth whitening techniques have been developed to help remedy this. Today we have many options, from home-made remedies through to DIY whitening kits to advanced technology-intensive professional tooth bleaching services carried out by professionals.

Professional tooth whitening is a term for all procedures carried out by dentists, but generally pertains only to in-clinic procedures. One common example is targeted whitening. The result is an equal shade on all teeth. The main reason why in-clinic whitening is the most effective is that high level and long lasting of teeth whiteness requires usage of aggressive materials, which can be harmful if not used by unqualified personnel, and requires equipment which can’t be carried or used effectively in the patient’s home.

The best results of professional bleaching comes with laser-supported treatments. Lasers speed up the entire process, and reach to deeper parts of tooth enamel, yielding impressive results.

Some natural alternatives come as “home remedies” which one can easily procure or prepare on their own using ingredients widely available.

One of the most common home-brew whitening products is the “domestic toothpaste” made by mixing baking soda with lemon juice. Soda is known for its abrasive properties while lemon acid has an ability deeply clean old dry stains. These two are mixed so that you get a solution with a consistency close to that of an actual toothpaste. This whitening solution is very cheap, easy to make but has a limited and short effect.

Coconut oil “pulling” is another procedure, which is even easier to prepare, but the taste may be unpleasant for some. The magic lies in a type of acid which is  in coconut oil,  and has a power to kill of all bacteria that release yellowing agents. Additionally, it keeps your breath fresh and some claim it improves gum health.

Some people mix coconut oil with turmeric, which may seem odd, but despite the fact turmeric has an ability to dye, peoples of South India have been using it as a tooth whitener for centuries.

Insofar, all these products can help whiten your teeth to some extent, but it’s not something great, and can’t last beyond a couple of weeks. These products aren’t primarily meant for whitening, and although can’t do any harm either, professional whiting still justifies its price. Whitening treatments are also by far superior to whitening strips and whitening toothpastes.

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