Coffee, tea, red wine, nicotine, but also dead tooth nerves are reasons for discolored teeth. Do you want to finally get white teeth for a 1,000 watt smile? Then we have important tips and tricks here.
Radiant white teeth and a smile like the stars from the glossy magazines: we would like that! But with increasing age, even the most radiant teeth tend to discolour. Nicotine, red wine, tea and coffee in particular stain teeth a lot strong so that even regular cleaning cannot remove the discoloration.
Why are teeth discolored?
Everyone knows the phenomenon: black coffee in a white porcelain cup leaves dark edges and traces. Anything that stains porcelain or our tongue has an equally strong effect on the teeth. There are many whitening toothpastes on the beauty market, but unfortunately these remedies are of little use. The effect is too weak, the teeth only become slightly whiter.Everyone knows the phenomenon: black coffee in a white porcelain cup leaves dark edges and traces. Anything that stains porcelain or our tongue has an equally strong effect on the teeth. Although there is on the Beauty market many whitening toothpastes, but unfortunately these remedies are of little use. The effect is too weak, the teeth only become slightly whiter.
Do Grandma’s Home Remedies Help Get White Teeth?
On social media, beauty bloggers refer to home remedies such as baking soda and lemon juice as THE miracle cures for getting dazzling white teeth. Bad news: These home remedies are not only no guarantee for white teeth, they are even harmful!
The sodium hydrogen carbonate contained in the baking powder literally grinds the tooth enamel off. In fact, it helps keep teeth white initially. But after frequent use at the latest, the tooth enamel disappears and the yellowish dentin underneath appears. The same goes for lemon juice.
White teeth with black toothpaste?
What you can try instead to get your teeth whiter: black toothpaste! The dark color covers the yellowish teeth like an optical filter and makes them appear whiter. Sounds strange, but that’s how it is! The effect is short-lived, but this whitening is completely harmless, as the tooth substance is not attacked.
Get white teeth through whitening
Lightening with the bleaching agent hydrogen peroxide is not only popular with stars and beauty bloggers, but is also used more and more by us ‘normal people’. This form of whitening to get white teeth usually lasts for around two years in healthy and not dead teeth. Our tip: get advice from a dentist beforehand as to whether bleaching is the right procedure for you. Because dentures or fillings, for example, cannot be bleached.
Depending on how badly the teeth are discolored, the dentist offers various options for bleaching. A distinction is made between ‘Home Bleaching’, ‘Office Bleaching’ and ‘Power Bleaching’. With a ‘home bleaching’, a dental splint is adapted that can hold the bleaching gel. This is how you can bleach your teeth at home. Office bleaching takes place at the dentist’s and is particularly suitable for individual discolored teeth.
If you suffer from badly discolored teeth, ‘Power Bleaching’ is recommended. In this process, a highly concentrated bleaching agent is used, which is additionally activated with a UV light. ‘Power Bleaching’ enables strong whitening in a relatively short time.
Regardless of whether you use home whitening, office whitening or power whitening to get white teeth – after the treatment the teeth (especially the gums) are very sensitive and often they hurt. After 48 hours, however, the symptoms should subside.
Get white teeth through home whitening systems
More and more manufacturers are offering bleaching strips for the home. They are supposed to whiten the teeth by up to four shades without attacking them. Sounds promising and the reactions on social networks have also been positive.
This is how it works: A splint with whitening agent is placed on the teeth in the morning and in the evening. In addition, the system contains a special toothpaste that is supposed to help you get white teeth. Important: The bleaching system does not help with discoloration from crowns, bridges, fillings and dead teeth.
Professional teeth cleaning is a must!
Dentists recommend having your teeth professionally cleaned at least once a year. Not only do teeth look fresher and brighter, cleaning is also important for dental health.
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