3 Teeth Whitening Techniques To Try Before Your Wedding

5 March 2015
 Categories: Dentist, Blog

When your wedding day comes, you want to make sure that every last detail is perfect. Something you do not want to overlook is the whiteness of your smile. A bright white smile is not only beautiful and confidence-boosting, it is also a sign that your mouth is healthy. As your wedding day approaches, make sure that you continue to brush and floss your teeth regularly and continue to visit your dentist; this will help ensure that you have a smile that you are proud of on your big day.

There are also additional steps you can take to brighten your smile. Here are three teeth whitening techniques to try before your wedding.

Oil pulling

Oil pulling is a folk remedy for tooth whitening. It consists of taking a small amount of oil, such as coconut oil or olive oil, and swishing it around in your mouth for several minutes. Generally, the amount of oil is about a teaspoon and the duration of the swishing is approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Oil pulling is thought to whiten teeth and strengthen oral tissues by reducing the amount of bacteria in your mouth.

More research needs to be done to verify the effectiveness of this method of teeth whitening; it should be used as a supplement and not as a replacement to regular brushing and flossing.

In-office whitening

Your dentist can help you transform your smile during one of your two yearly visits to the office.

The procedure is simple and great results can be accomplished in a single visit. In-office whitening consists of your dentist applying gel over your teeth and gums, then applying a whitening agent. A bright light is used to activate the whitening agent. Within a matter of hours, you can brightly flash your white smile. In-office tooth whitening is safe and highly effective, and does not discolor any bondings or fillings you might have; it is also the ideal technique to turn to because your dentist can help you every step of the way.

Baking soda mixture

An age-old remedy for tooth whitening is baking soda; in fact, baking soda is an ingredient in many toothpastes. Mix a small amount of baking soda and water to create a coarse mixture. Apply this mixture to your toothbrush and brush your teeth. Make sure that you do not swallow the mixture and rinse your mouth and toothbrush well. The mixture acts as a mild abrasive, stripping away plaque and harmful substances that discolor your tooth enamel. (For more information on whitening, contact Southgate Dental Clinic)