Ageing, enjoying red wine, smoking and drinking coffee and tea, are some of the common causes of yellowing teeth. Some of these things are avoidable, but for the most part yellow teeth is caused by your general eating and drinking habits.
The good news is, it’s a cosmetic problem that can be easily fixed. There are heaps of teeth whitening methods on the market, but knowing which one to choose can be tricky – you need to weight up the factors of convenience, price and effectiveness.
Here are some popular teeth whitening methods, and price guide to help you make the decision that is best for you.
Teeth whitening toothpaste
The easiest way to incorporate teeth whitening into your daily routine, is by using a whitening toothpaste. Purchased from any supermarket, toothpaste with a whitening agent can be one of the most cost-effective ways to brighten your smile. However the downside is it will take prolonged use to see results compared to other whitening methods and some whitening toothpastes contain an abrasive ingredient such as silica to remove the surface stains.
The Advanced Whitening Coconut Charcoal Toothpaste is a safe, effective and natural solution to clean, polish and whiten teeth - without damaging enamel.
Teeth whitening mouthwash
If you are going for the whitening toothpaste option, you should consider coupling this with a good quality mouthwash.
Mouthwash helps to whitening your teeth by killing any bad bacteria in your mouth. If you are after gentle care, there are a number of organic mouthwashes on the market, and a variety of whitening agents are used in each. So it is best to read the ingredients before purchase.
Some people recommend using mouthwashes in conjunction with whitening strips or toothpastes to make your teeth even whiter.
Mouthwashes cost around $10 per bottle and don’t forget the added benefit of beautiful fresh breath.
Teeth whitening strips
Also in the low-cost category, teeth whitening strips can be purchased from supermarkets or online. Teeth whitening strips come pre-loaded with whitening formula on one side. You peel off a protective sheet and place them on your upper and lower teeth.
Teeth whitening strips may be convenient and inexpensive, but depending on the type of kit you use, you will need to use them for different periods of time.
Toothpaste and mouthwash are low cost options, a packet of strips are slightly more expensive, between $30 - $50 for a box depending on which type you choose.
At home teeth whitening kits
And now for the big guns. Yes, we maybe biased, but at-home teeth whitening kits tick every box when it comes to convenient, effective and affordable teeth whitening solutions.
Different brands use different whitening agents, some are natural, some use carbamide peroxide and others, like Advanced Whitening, use hydrogen peroxide which is what dentists use.
The Advanced Teeth Whitening Kit contains the highest legal percentage of whitening gel in Australia – 6% hydrogen peroxide, and it’s all you need to whiten your teeth in the convenience of your own home.
Teeth whitening at the dentist
Most dentists across Australia offer whitening products and procedures for brighter smiles. The best part of professional teeth whitening is that you will usually see immediate results after the first visit, but for optimal results you’ll usually need 3 to 6 appointments.
The trade off is that dentists usually charge a lot more than what you will pay for at-home teeth whitening or supermarket products.
The average cost of professional whitening is around $800 per visit.
As we said at the beginning, when it comes to teeth whitening there are a broad range of options to suit everyone. But it is important to note, that no matter what option you choose, no results are permanent. Yellowing of teeth is caused by everyday factors and general wear and tear. Eventually the stains will build up again and you’ll need to look again for a teeth whitening solution.