Every problem in modern life seems to have an internet solution, doesn’t it? These “lifehacks” are supposed to make life easier, more bearable, and simpler, all while keeping the results just as predictable and effective. While some of these hacks undoubtedly work, there’s one kind that simply doesn’t: teeth whitening hacks.
Getting your teeth whitened is a surprisingly complicated process that requires a lot of attention to detail. We’ve been brightening smiles for years at our Fairhope office, and we can tell you with certainty that there’s a lot of parts to teeth whitening that you’ve never even considered!
As for teeth whitening hacks, there’s several common ones that we wanted to address. It’s unfortunate that you won’t be able to get amazing results out of these methods, and we wanted to bring them up so that you don’t waste your time or possibly harm your teeth.
Oil Pulling: Ancient Wisdom?
The people of ancient India were incredibly advanced in a lot of ways. One of those was Ayurveda, their system of medicine. While most of the tactics have been replaced by more modern medical technology some still remain popular, such as oil pulling. This practice involves swishing oil in your mouth in an attempt to pull away oral bacteria and acids that can damage teeth.
People have started latching on to Ayurveda as a way to whiten teeth as well, but there’s no evidence that it’s able to remove stains. While the plaque removal capabilities of Ayurveda are at least somewhat believable you won’t see any shade changes in your teeth using this method.
It takes a lot of power to lift stains from teeth, and that power simply isn’t present in oil. If you’re hoping to get a cleanliness boost from oil pulling you’re wasting your time there, too – it’s more effective to just brush and floss.
A Fruity Solution?
One of the more popular solutions floating around online today is using the inner layer of either banana or citrus peels. They both reportedly contain chemicals that can whiten teeth, but your actual results may vary a bit.
Bananas, while harmless, won’t produce real results. People report seeing a difference after just one treatment, which has a very simple explanation: magnesium and potassium can polish your teeth. That polishing effect doesn’t last long at all, unfortunately. By the time you have a chance to show off your new whiter teeth they’ll be right back to the shade they were before.
Citrus peels can be downright dangerous if used long term. The acid in citrus fruit peels softens enamel and increases your chances of tooth decay. The short answer on this solution: don’t try it!
Baking Soda And Peroxide: It Has To Work, Right?
This might seem to make sense at first glance. Baking soda can be used to brush your teeth and hydrogen peroxide is what real whitening products use – surely they’re a good substitute for professional whitening!
Sorry – this one won’t work either. While hydrogen peroxide does whiten teeth there are a few particulars about it that make brushing with a peroxide solution useless. First off, the strength of the hydrogen peroxide in your medicine cabinet is about two percent. Whitening products usually range from six to over twenty percent.
Second, hydrogen peroxide is incredibly unstable – even saliva causes it to break down before it can whiten. That’s why any whitening product worth your time will seal it off from the rest of your mouth. If saliva mixes with it your whitening results will be subpar at best.
As for baking soda, yes it can clean your teeth in a pinch. Over the long term baking soda can damage your enamel, so we don’t recommend using it in place of a toothpaste that contains fluoride.
How In The World Can I Whiten My Teeth?!
There’s a reason we push our in-office and at-home whitening treatments: they get results. Even take home kits from the drugstore can’t deliver the same results that ours can. If you want to get whiter teeth without frustration, wasted money, and lost time there’s only one way to go: professional.
If you’re ready to find out what a difference a custom-tailored whitening solution can do for you then give our Fairhope office a call today. You can reach us at 251-210-7142 or you can request an appointment online. We look forward to seeing you soon!