3 Alternatives to Whitening Treatments for Stained or Discolored Teeth

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3 Alternatives to Whitening Treatments for Stained or Discolored Teeth

3 Alternatives to Whitening Treatments for Stained or Discolored Teeth

24 March 2017
Dentist, Blog

Looking for ways to enhance the results you get from professional teeth whitening treatments? Here are three alternatives to consider:

Make Use of Strawberries

Thanks to the astringents found within them, strawberries work to remove surface stains from coffee and foods. The berries also harbor a significant amount of vitamin C which helps to clear plaque away for a brighter, healthier looking smile. A tasty way to whiten your teeth is to make your own toothpaste and mouthwash using strawberries, but of course simply eating them will produce results. Consider blending strawberries with ice cubes and some fresh water to create an energizing refreshment you can enjoy every afternoon. You can even blend strawberries and fill ice cube trays with the blended mixture to create a frozen treat that can be eaten as a fruit pop or thrown into water for a little extra flavor.

Swish With Apple Cider Vinegar

Another effective natural tooth cleaning agent you can utilize to whiten your teeth is apple cider vinegar. When used regularly, apple cider vinegar helps to maintain heathy PH levels within the mouth, fight off bad bacteria, and remove stains. To make apple cider vinegar work as a teeth whitener, mix about a half teaspoon of it with a cup of water then swish some of it around in your mouth before spitting it out and rinsing or brushing. Consider adding a little peppermint or orange essential oil to the apple cider vinegar and water combination. This will make the mouth rinse taste a bit better so you can swish it around in your mouth longer.

Invest in Veneers

One of the most effective whitening treatment options to consider is investing in new veneers, which are thin shells custom-crafted to cover the front side of your teeth and hide discoloring, staining, and even chips or decay. Veneers are permanent, so you don't have to worry about maintenance or making updates to them as time goes on unless they chip and need to be repaired. Your dentist will use a model of your mouth to create veneers that fit seamlessly on your natural teeth. Nobody will ever know that your teeth have been enhanced unless you tell them! And you can use the other whitening methods outlined here on your new veneers to keep them in good shape throughout the coming years.

Talk to your dentist about each of these teeth whitening options so they can help you determine which are the best for your specific needs. 

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Got Tooth Decay? Finding Dental Care Tips Right For You

When it comes to my dental care, I only use the best toothbrushes, toothpastes and flosses. But sometimes, even after being vigilant and careful with my oral care, I experience problems like toothaches. Last year, I developed a small cavity in one of my back teeth. I didn't want to bother my dentist about it, so I simply took pain medications and hoped for the best. But after my jaw began to swell up, I sought professional dental help. My small cavity was actually a large hole filled with infection. I ended up having an extraction. Now, I visit my dentist as often as I can, because I can't afford to lose anymore teeth. I want to share my experiences with other people, so I created this blog. I offer tips on how to keep your teeth healthy and when to see a dentist. Thanks for visiting.