Are you obsessed with having whiter, brighter teeth? You’re not alone. Nearly 20% of people hide their teeth in photos, mostly due to being embarrassed by their yellow appearance.
I just like to smile; Smiling’s my favorite
Smiling has many benefits — more than just getting a good selfie. For example, smiling shows you have confidence, and you appear more attractive and friendly.
But as we get older, our teeth become discolored. This can happen from drinking tea, coffee or wine; thinning enamel; a poor diet; antibiotics and other medications; genetics; and more.
If you’re contemplating getting your teeth professionally whitened, you probably know how much it costs. On average, a whitening procedure can cost $600 per visit. Not only will it hurt your wallet, but once you leave the dentist’s office, you might experience increased tooth sensitivity and irritated gums.
But don’t reach for over the counter whitening kits or strips! These methods are cheaper, yet they contain nasty chemicals, dangerous toxins and harsh bleaches — which means you could still experience sensitivity and irritation.
These methods can also give your enamel a bluish tint or unevenly whiten your teeth. All of this adds up to more than a third of adults worrying that professional treatments or whitening kits will damage their enamel.
How to naturally whiten your teeth
There are several ways you can improve the look of your smile, without breaking the bank and without damaging your enamel. First and foremost, take a look at what you’re brushing with.
Do you brush with commercial toothpaste and a cheap plastic toothbrush? Throw them away and start brushing with clay-based toothpowder and an activated charcoal-infused toothbrush.
Commercial toothpaste can be harmful to your teeth and gums. It can be too harsh for some people, especially when using a whitening toothpaste. And it doesn’t have ingredients to remineralize your teeth.
Clay-based toothpowder can help remineralize your teeth and remove stains. It fills your mouth with vital and trace minerals important to maintain dental health the natural way. This mildly abrasive toothpowder gently polishes, detoxifies and refreshes your teeth while also helping to re-mineralize and strengthen them.
A plastic toothbrush has done its job for decades. But now there’s something better: charcoal-infused bristles. A regular toothbrush scrapes away plaque and bacteria. The activated charcoal in infused bristles binds to tannins from coffee, tea and other color-rich foods that discolor your teeth and removes them.
Charcoal is a great source of negative ions. Studies show that negative ions can help release the gunk that builds up on your teeth — including tartar! It’s also antimicrobial, anti-fungal and antiviral.
When we think of our smile, we usually think only about the teeth. But what about your gums and tongue? They play integral roles in the overall health of your mouth. Inflamed gums can cause problems with your teeth, and bacteria stuck in the papillae of your tongue can creep on to your teeth.
Need to go a few more shades whiter? Try the power of blue LED light and a whitening paste made from all-natural ingredients. When combined, they work together to whiten your teeth, increase mineral absorption, and kill bacteria that cause periodontal disease.
Nearly all LED whitening trays come with a harsh bleaching agent. So make sure you find one that comes with a paste made of 100% natural ingredients, such as extra virgin olive oil, essential oils, bentonite clay, diatomaceous earth, sodium bicarbonate and activated charcoal.
Deciding to whiten your teeth can be tricky when you factor in time and money. But when you take the time to find all-natural solutions, it becomes an easy choice. Get whiter, brighter teeth, naturally, so you can start smiling in photos. No filter needed.