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Whiten Teeth at Home With These Simple Products

AM Hopkins

A healthy, bright, white smile is the ultimate goal for everyone who practices a good oral hygiene regimen. Excellent brushing and flossing habits coupled with regular dental checkups should give you those nice pearly whites you're looking for. But sometimes these steps just aren't enough. Thankfully, there are a number of dental care products you can use to whiten teeth at home. The practice of whitening teeth is nothing new, and is commonly referred to as bleaching. However, it's important to note that these products don't actually contain bleach, only bleaching agents like hydrogen peroxide. Read on for some suggestions and make an appointment with your dentist for a professional consultation. You'll want to make sure your teeth are in good condition before trying any at-home whitening products.

Whitening Toothpaste

Whitening toothpaste is a simple way of achieving a brighter smile right at home. This type of toothpaste contains chemical and polishing agents that gently work to remove surface stains from your teeth. They will typically require use over several weeks to see any results, and any changes in color are not permanent. This is an excellent option if you're looking to whiten at home with very little effort.

Whitening Mouthwashes

A whitening mouthwash, or rinse, still includes all the traditional benefits of a mouthwash: better breath and gum disease prevention. But they also work to brighten your smile. Some whitening mouthwashes may contain hydrogen peroxide, which helps to lighten the color of your teeth. If you decide to go with this option, use the mouthwash according to label directions and you should expect to see a brighter smile.

Whitening Trays

Whitening trays are an at-home whitening option. They can be purchased over the counter or from a dental professional. They contain hydrogen peroxide and are worn for a couple of hours each day, and can be worn at night just before bed. Keep in mind, trays from a dental professional are often custom-fitted, making them more effective to whiten teeth at home. The length of time they are worn varies and it depends on the degree of discoloration that has occurred on your teeth. On average, most people wear these trays for around one month.

For more information on whitening toothpaste options, visit the Colgate Oral Care resource center.

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