Changes in the color of your teeth may be subtle and occur gradually. Sometimes, some yellowing may be unavoidable.
There are different causes of darkening of the teeth.
Age is one of the factors that can cause the enamel to darken. If you have thought about whitening your teeth, you may have thought about using a home whitening method.
You should be careful with at-home whitening because these methods can damage your teeth if performed incorrectly or by exposing yourself to their aggressive ingredients for too long. You could wear down your enamel too much, which could put you at risk for sensitivity and tooth decay.
Here are some of the most popular home remedies for teeth whitening.
Home remedies for teeth whitening
1. Sodium bicarbonate and hydrogen peroxide
This product acts on the most superficial stains of the teeth, but is not effective on more severe stains or darkening of the teeth caused by tobacco or coffee.
In addition, recurrent exposure of the enamel to bicarbonate could damage it.
2. Lemon Juice
Some people advocate brushing or rinsing with lemon juice to whiten teeth. However, lemon juice, citric acid, can damage teeth causing abrasion.
Combining lemon juice with baking soda is another bad idea. Not only is the acid in lemon juice an abrasive, but the baking soda will erode tooth enamel with the likelihood of causing irreversible damage.
That is why it is important not to brush your teeth immediately after drinking lemon, orange or pineapple juice. Simply rinse the mouth and that’s it.
3. Sodium bicarbonate
Baking soda is an abrasive and does not whiten teeth by itself. Care must be taken. Because of this abrasive quality, if you use baking soda too often, you have all the numbers to end up damaging your tooth enamel. Most commercial toothpastes remove stains as effectively as baking soda and do so without its side effects and risks.
Conclusions on at-home teeth whitening
There is no natural miracle product that can whiten your teeth without risk or danger of causing permanent damage to your teeth. Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common consequences of using home remedies without professional supervision.
Still, you can change your habits to make your smile look whiter.
If tooth discoloration is a concern, do not hesitate to ask us for advice at MiravéCo in Barcelona. Together we will find the best way to whiten your smile and keep it radiant.