Teeth Whitening

How to Whiten Teeth on a Budget

Categories : Aesthetics

Culprits of Yellow Teeth

Improper brushing and flossing techniques

This can result in yellow teeth! Take care of your brushing techniques and floss every night to avoid build up on the teeth.

Caffeine

Coffee and tea can stain teeth. The dark pigments from these beverages can get lodged in the little ridges and cracks on your teeth that are too small to be seen. These pigments can cause permanent yellow stains on your teeth over time.

Smoking

The nicotine and tar in the tobacco stain your teeth, and relatively quickly too. Smokers are also more likely to produce plaque, which may lead to gum disease.

Excessive fluoride intake

While fluoride is good for teeth, excessive fluoride use can cause yellowish brown spots called fluorosis.

Solutions

Dental whitening treatments, gel or custom dental veneers are options, though a little on the pricey range.

Here are some simple tips to help to naturally whiten your teeth!

Short-term solutions:

  1. Charcoal brushing!

Charcoal can help whiten teeth by absorbing plaque and other microscopic elements that cause teeth staining. This is a temporary solution but helpful for the last minute event. Dip a wet toothbrush with powdered activated charcoal and brush your teeth. Avoiding any crowns, caps or veneers while brushing. Leave it on for about 5 minutes before rinsing well.

  1. Play around with lip colours

An illusion tip – try changing up your lip colours. Choose cool-toned lip colours to conceal the yellow stains.

Long-term solutions:

  1. Use straws for beverages which may stain teeth

For beverages that stains teeth, just straws to avoid contact with teeth as much as possible. Switch to more eco-friendly options like paper straws or reusable straws made from bamboo or steel.

  1. Stop smoking

Smoking stains teeth. This may be difficult for some. Set a realistic goal, devise a plan for it, and try to stick with it!

  1. Snack on strawberries

A healthy diet gives you a set of healthy teeth. Switch unhealthy snacks for fresh healthy options. Berries contain antioxidants and other beneficial elements that may good your teeth in the long run.