Even though you might be trying to save some money, keep in mind that the majority of DIY treatments do not work—and if they do, they will not provide the same bright or long-lasting effect that comes with more professional treatments. Common ingredients in DIY teeth whitening treatments include:
- Baking soda
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Essential oils, especially pepermint
If you’re going to try this at home, finding the right recipe is key! You will also need to make sure that your teeth are exposed to the materials for a long enough amount of time. There are a few effective ones out there; just be careful not to damage your teeth.
Over-the-Counter Treatments: Worth the Hassle?
Although many over-the-counter whitening treatments like to pretend that they’ll save you money and are really easy, a lot of them aren’t. The market is saturated with options though, such as:
- Rinses and mouthwashes
- Tray systems
Obviously, these all operate on completely different levels. Toothpastes are great since you should already be using one, but they are less effective. Strips work well, but can be uncomfortable. Gels and tray systems are the same, with the added con of mess. If you go this route, make sure you do your research, and then put your money where your mouth is. Stick with the regime, and hopefully you’ll see results.
Come In and See Us
If none of these systems are working for you, or you just want to skip straight ahead to what is sure to be the most effective option, come into our office and experience professional whitening treatments. They might be more expensive, but they are faster, more comfortable, and more effective in the long run.