By Natasha Gayle
Wine, soda and coffee are tasty drinks, but after years of consumption, you may wonder if you can ever recover your once-white smile. Whether your pearly whites are discolored due to damaging drinks, smoking or over-brushing, there are affordable teeth whitening options available to help you restore a sparkling smile.
Want to stay out of the dentist’s chair? You may want to find a tooth whitening package available at your local grocery store. Even the simple whitening toothpastes you see in the store aisle may produce positive results. These are somewhat “hit-and-miss,” however, so be prepared to test a few before finding the perfect fit. Have sensitive teeth? Then be careful, for home kits can increase your tenderness.
If you want to protect your teeth from processed chemicals, try mixing ingredients from your pantry to make your own whitening agent! One method is to mix a strawberry and a teaspoon of baking soda into a paste that you brush onto your discolored teeth. This method’s secret is malic acid, an astringent that can eliminate enamel stains. While this remedy cannot rival the effects of a bleaching at your dentist, DMD Adina Carrel advises to not use it too often. “This is a fast, cheap way to brighten your smile,” she says, “[but} the acid could damage the enamel on your teeth.”
The safest treatment for a white smile, if you can afford it, is going to a dentist for professional treatment. If you want to visit the dentist and receive a cheaper price for your procedure, you may want to investigate a dental savings plan. These discounts can allow you to whiten your teeth without breaking the bank!
Getting your pearly whites to sparkle can be as simple as joining an affordable dental discount plan or mixing up some ingredients from your pantry. Need other smile improvements? Visit your dentist as soon as possible to find out more ways to feel confident with every grin.