A celebrity walks down the red carpet, and all you see is that pearly white smile permanently glued to their face. However, celebrities have chipped teeth, gaps, tooth decay, overbites, and missing teeth, too, but they can afford surgery and implants at $2000 – $3000 per tooth. To keep a million dollar smile, you can visit your dentist for cleanings, but expert Dental Implants in Salinas offers some very affordable secrets that celebrities use to whiten teeth:
1. Whitening Toothpastes/Rinses
American Dental Association approved toothpastes chemically remove plaque and surface stains using abrasive particles. A special ingredient, blue covarine, helps to give the illusion of making teeth appear whiter. Alcohol-free rinses used in along with these can get into hidden crevices in the teeth that brushing may miss.
2. Electric Toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes remove more plaque than a manual toothbrush by using sonic waves. By gently removing embedded and new stains, they clean the sticky film from your teeth that causes inflammation in your gums.
Certain foods whiten teeth. Sugar-free gum sweetened with xylitol increases the flow of saliva and dissolves left-over food particles between the teeth. Strawberries contain teeth scrubbing fibers and the enzyme malic acid, a natural “stain remover.” For a natural whitening paste, puree strawberries, add a little baking soda, and rub into teeth; wait 5 minutes, rinse, then brush.
Another technique used to whiten teeth with food substances is called oil pulling, which is a traditional Ayurvedic oral health treatment native to India. Swish one teaspoon of coconut oil in your mouth daily for 15 minutes, rinse, and brush.
4. At-Home Whitening Products
At-home whitening products are a step up from toothpastes and rinses. Teeth have pores, and stains penetrate the surface and clog pores. Peroxide foams and pulls out the stains. Whitening kits are available in stores, and come in prices to fit your budget.
- Whitening pens cost from $20 – $30. Open the cap, and apply directly to teeth.
- Whitening Trays cost $20-$50 and mold to teeth after applying peroxide gel.
- Whitening Strips also work with peroxide, form to the teeth, and dissolve or are removed. Cost is $35.
5. Professional Whitening
Dentists offices offer higher concentrations of peroxide treatments activated by UV light to super whiten teeth in 45-minutes, making them 8-10 shades whiter. Cost is around $300, but can last up to 3 years.
Home remedies or professional treatments work wonders in maintaining a bright, healthy smile, whatever your budget.
Author Bio: Brionna Kennedy is native to the Pacific Northwest, growing up in Washington, then moving down to Oregon for college. She enjoys writing on fashion and business, but any subject will do, she loves to learn about new topics. When she isn’t writing, she lives for the outdoors. Oregon has been the perfect setting to indulge her love of kayaking, rock climbing, and hiking.