Most people have heard all of the fads and trends out there, leading them to believe that they can whiten their teeth with fruits, vegetables, or by using OTC products. While these can work, they may not be the best way to whiten your smile. It depends on how stained the teeth are and how much you want to spend. While it can seem less expensive to buy OTC items rather than go to the dentist, it could cost you more in the long run.
The Fads And Why They Don’t Work
Most people have heard about brushing their teeth with lemon juice or rubbing lemon peels over the teeth. While this seems like a harmless option, the acid in the lemon can cause your tooth enamel to wear down, especially if you use it all the time. The same applies to any fruit “rubs” or brushing.
While the most natural way to whiten teeth is to eat crunchy vegetables, those with severe staining may not notice a difference. Instead, it is best to eat your veggies after you’ve had them professionally whitened. You’ll have brighter teeth and will be able to keep them white.
Over-the-counter products have been around for decades, and while most of them work, they can take weeks or months before you see a difference. They can also be difficult and messy to use or require that you sit at home for a few hours with weird strips or gels on your teeth.
What To Do Instead
At KB Village Dental, they offer Zoom Teeth Whitening, which is a fast procedure that can whiten and brighten the smile up to eight shades lighter. They know the correct strength of the solution to use and will do so safely and professionally, so you don’t risk getting burned or using too much.