Our teeth are one of the most finicky things of our body to take care of. The slightest slip-up or numerous missed brushings can do anything from giving us bleeding gums, or even holes in the teeth. One of the most common things that can happen to our teeth just from living our daily lives though, is discolouration. Teeth were never meant to be stark white, at least not naturally, but with the use of tobacco, coffee, wine, and even just aging, our teeth can become yellowed or even greyed out, and many people seek to fix this. One of the most popular ways to do this is through surface whiteners.

Surface whiteners are available at any drugstore or pharmacy, usually located with dental hygiene items such as mouthwash, toothpaste, and toothbrushes. Just like the rest of the products that you’ll find, you’ll see that there are many different types to choose from as each dental brand will likely have their own version of a teeth whitener and whitening toothpaste. They all essentially work the same: the toothpaste will usually contain some sort of scrub that is used to buff the surface of the tooth and remove any stains that have appeared. This can take several uses, but they’re safe to use daily. Whitening strips are also available, and although they might work faster than the toothpastes, they are also considerably more expensive, so be sure to pick the right product that fits within your budget and lifestyle as the strips are made to be worn longer than the two minutes it takes to brush your teeth.

Please keep in mind when considering these products that they are just surface whiteners and will only do just that: whiten the surface of your teeth. Deep rooted stains will not come out with the use of these products and require the expertise of a dentist using dental bleach. Consult with your dentist before trying surface whiteners to see if they are right for you.

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