Now that the new year is here, it's time for resolutions and plans for the coming months. Have you considered improving your smile? A whiter, brighter smile can make you look and feel more confident. Here are some tips to help you achieve a bigger and whiter smile this year.
Professional Teeth Whitening
Your dentist may offer professional teeth whitening services, which use a special gel, laser light, and other products that can be used in their office or at home. Professional teeth whitening may give your teeth multiple shades of brightness in just one session. Depending on your type of treatment, results may last up to 6 months or longer.
Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening Kits
There are over-the-counter teeth whitening kits that use bleaching agents like hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide to lighten the color of teeth. OTC kits come with instructions on how to apply the product directly onto teeth with either strips, trays, or pens. Results from these products vary depending on the strength of the bleaching agent used and how well you follow the directions provided.
In addition to professional treatments and OTC kits, some home remedies can help brighten your smiles, such as oil pulling and baking soda brushing. Oil pulling involves swishing coconut oil around your mouth for 10–20 minutes each day; it helps reduce bacteria that cause plaque buildup, which can lead to tooth discoloration. Baking soda brushing involves wetting your toothbrush with water and dipping it into baking soda before brushing; it helps remove surface stains without damaging the enamel, as other abrasive products do.
Achieving a whiter, brighter smile is an excellent resolution for the new year. Following these simple tips, you can make 2023 the year of your best smile yet! Do you have any other resolutions or plans for this year? Let us know in the comments below.