March 15, 2013
Like all visits to the doctor’s office, trips to the dentist aren’t any fun either. It’s especially difficult to go when you know that you’re about to have some kind of work done to a tooth, such as having a cavity filled or the dreaded root canal.
Amazingly, there is one trip to the dentist that isn’t as horrendous as most visits with your dentist. Although cavities and root canals may be common, one of the other most common problems when it comes to your mouth is having yellowed or stained teeth. Fortunately, there are painless, easy ways you can get rid of stained or yellow teeth.
One way to cheaply whiten your teeth without a trip to the dentist is to use teeth whitening pastes, which are available at most pharmacies and can be bought over the counter. There are quite a few people that testify to using these pastes and achieving incredible results.
There are different kinds of whitening pastes that are available, and most use abrasives in order to get rid of any stains on the teeth’s outer layer. Make sure you choose the one you think is made with the best quality. Even if you discover it works great after the first couple of times you use it, don’t start over-using it as it can lead to the wearing down of your teeth’s enamel.
You can also find home teeth whitening kits at most pharmacies that are similar to those your dentist would use. Some of these kits come with upper and lower teeth trays so you can make sure all of your teeth are adequately covered. The trays need to fit to your mouth exactly, because otherwise the whitening solution doesn’t bond correctly. Typically you wear these trays for a few hours, and a few people report increased sensitivity after using them.
You can also pick up some clear strips as well. With this whitening system, you put one clear strip onto your top teeth and one clear strip on your bottom teeth, and since the solution is already on the strips, you don’t have to deal with any mess.
Whitening pens are another popular over the counter method, and are fast and easy to use. Whitening pens are compact and contain the whitening solution inside, which is released when the pen’s tip is pressed against your teeth. You can apply the solution to each tooth, allowing for equal distribution.
A recent study showed that those who use teeth whitening products are likely to have teeth that are at least eight shades whiter than people who don’t use a teeth whitening product. If you decide to take a trip to the dentist for teeth whitening and you have dental insurance, make sure to check your dental policy to see if your insurance pays for teeth whitening, or if you don’t have dental insurance, it’s worth checking into it so that in the future, you can lessen those dreaded trips to the dentist by practicing preventive maintenance.