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Professional Teeth Whitening vs. Baking Soda: Getting a Brighter Smile

May 7, 2021
Posted By: Norco Family Dental
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If you want a whiter, dazzling smile, you are not alone. Based on a study by the American Association of Orthodontists, nearly 90 percent of patients desire whiter teeth with professional treatment. 

Even when you take excellent care of your teeth, you may still feel like your smile lacks magic or luster. When searching for how to get a whiter smile, many people tend to search Pinterest for fast and easy homemade solutions. 

Home Remedies Can Be Risky and Unreliable 

There seems to be no shortage of home remedies that claim to brighten teeth, from using coconut oil and turmeric powder to lemon juice and baking soda. Though these methods may be tempting, there’s nothing like getting your teeth professionally whitened by your dentist. 

Home remedies and some over-the-counter products can harm the enamel and gums because the ingredients haven’t been tested and approved, or they are too abrasive on the teeth. 

Any home remedy that recommends mixing peroxides with other less-studied ingredients can be very harmful to your smile. For example, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and American Dental Association (ADA) have approved 10 percent of carbamide peroxide and 3.6 percent hydrogen peroxide. This exact amount would be very difficult to measure at home accurately, so it’s best to avoid the DIY methods that recommend this. 

Some home remedies also mention lemon juice, which is too acidic and abrasive, as well as using coconut oil, which has not been scientifically proven as a solution for whitening. Ultimately, we recommend talking with your dentist about any products or remedies you may want to use for teeth whitening. Your dentist in Greeley, CO will be able to answer your questions, address your concerns, and provide you with their expert opinion. 

Before and after results from teeth whitening in Greeley COBaking Soda for Teeth Whitening: Does It Really Work?

It may come as no surprise that baking soda is often associated with removing stains; it can remove grass stains from jeans and even coffee and tobacco stains from teeth! Baking soda can be found in most homes, and though it is safe to use in general, we discourage patients from using it on their teeth in its raw form or a homemade mixture. 

There are better, safer ways to whiten your teeth than breaking out a box of baking soda and coating it onto your toothbrush. Luckily, you can still reap the benefits of baking soda by using certain ADA-approved dental products. 

Dental Products That Contain Baking Soda 

Baking soda is often used as an ingredient in toothpaste and even in some mouth rinses to fight tough stains and wash away plaque. According to the Journal of the American Dental Association, toothpaste containing baking soda is completely safe and effective for teeth whitening and cleaning. It’s also highly recommended that people use an ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste that contains baking soda; that way, the teeth can remain protected from cavities while the baking soda works its gradual magic.  

Toothpaste containing baking soda can be thought of as a gentle exfoliant for your teeth; it clears away topical stains without damaging the enamel and gives your teeth a healthy glow. Brushing twice daily with this type of toothpaste can whiten teeth, but it is not nearly as powerful or fast-acting as professional whitening. 

Professional Teeth Whitening in Greeley, CO 

Professional teeth whitening is the safest, most effective way to get a whiter smile. Brushing takes two to six weeks to notice a difference, while professional whitening removes deep stains and discoloration in a single office visit.  

Professional-grade teeth whitening products used by your dentist in Greeley, CO contain higher concentrations of bleaching agents—hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide—which are more effective and longer-lasting than over-the-counter products or do-it-yourself (DIY) methods. 

We offer in-office and at-home solutions for our patients; we can lift hard stains and erase deep discoloration during your visit, or we can provide you with the supplies and instructions to whiten your teeth safely at home, at your own pace. 

Because peroxides are strong stain-lifting agents, they must be handled with care as they can lead to tooth and gum sensitivities. This is why it’s so important to use professional whitening kits prescribed by your dentist with custom-made mouthguards. The mouthguards snugly fit over your teeth so the guard and gel don’t slide around, giving you an unevenly whitened smile or causing tooth or gum irritation. 

Contact Our Dentist Office in Greeley for Teeth Whitening Treatment!

Brushing with baking soda toothpaste and flossing are natural, safe ways you can have a white, healthy smile. But sometimes, we need extra help removing tough stains from our teeth.

At Norco Family Dental, Drs. Stewart and Buffington offer professional teeth whitening in Greeley, CO to patients who want their smiles to sparkle. Our professional whitening can lift deep stains and transform your smile from yellow to youthful! 

If you’re ready schedule teeth whitening treatment, don’t hesitate to call our Greeley dental office at (970) 356-5277

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