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Want a brighter smile? These days, there are many different ways to whiten your teeth! Whitening products, hydrogen peroxide, veneers: here’s an overview of three popular options.
There are a ton of affordable whitening products available that you can use every day, from toothpaste to mouthwash to gum.
How they work: Made with special abrasive and anti-plaque agents, these products eliminate plaque buildup and remove stains from your teeth. They are formulated with ingredients similar to what your dentist uses, but in less concentrated doses.
Key ingredients: Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide are the ingredients most often found in these types of products, because they’ve proven to be effective against tooth yellowing. Peroxide kills the bacteria that cause yellowing, while baking soda removes stains from the surface of the teeth caused by coffee, wine, tobacco, etc.
Price: These products are very affordable.
Ease of use: They are very easy to use. However, it’s important that you read the instructions carefully and follow them to the letter.
The secret is to brush your teeth three times a day (morning, noon and night) and integrate whitening products into your daily dental hygiene routine.
Hydrogen peroxide is a chemical compound present in nearly every teeth whitening product you can use at home: teeth whitening trays, pens, strips, toothpaste, etc.
How it works: This oxygenated water penetrates the tooth, oxidizes dark molecules and diminishes the appearance of stains.
Price: It can vary, from affordable to costly (treatments in specialized clinics).
Ease of use: It’s easy to use, thanks to kits available in store.
Hydrogen peroxide is also used as a gel in some teeth whitening treatments offered by specialized clinics. Procedures in these locations can be much more expensive.
Veneers are thin films of composite resin or porcelain designed to adhere directly to the surface of your tooth to correct its colour or shape.
How they work: The procedure must be done in a specialized clinic.
Price: Veneers are very expensive.
Ease of use: Leave it to the professionals!
For optimal, long-lasting results, you should also adopt a specific dental routine recommended by your dentist.
Brush your teeth after every meal.
Change your toothbrush regularly, as soon as the bristles begin to wear out.
Quit smoking, since the tar and nicotine in cigarettes are known to stain teeth.
As much as possible, avoid foods that stain, especially 48 hours following treatment. Coffee, tea, red wine, cola, beets, red berries, etc. should all be avoided.
Visit your dentist at least once a year. There’s nothing better than a good cleaning to make your teeth sparkle.
Whiter smile* in 7 days *with brushing by removing surface stains
Listerine UltraClean™ anti-stain adult antiseptic rinse kills up to 99.9 percent of germs to prevent gingivitis and reduce plaque, while providing a dentist clean feeling up to three times longer*. *vs. brushing alone.
Advanced Vivid Whitestrips give you a Dramatically Whiter Smile in just 14 days. In fact, you’ll start seeing results in just 3 days. Advanced Seal technology provides a form fit, no slip grip that molds and adheres to your teeth for a better whitening experience. In fact, you can even drink water while wearing Whitestrips with Advanced Seal technology. Enamel Safe: All Crest 3D White Whitestrips use the same enamel safe whitening ingredient as the dentist.
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