At Home Whitening Treatments that (Actually) Work.

A woman looks straight at you biting into half a lemon while holding the other one in her hand.

There are a million reasons to smile once the weather gets warmer and all of them will be recorded on your insta-feed. Whether you find yourself pool-side at Deep Eddy, at local swimming hole, on a patio for happy hour, or at Zilker for a picnic in the park, one thing is for certain, someone will be snappin a pic.

Now you may be thinking to yourself, am I ready for this? Is my smile this camera ready? Can I handle all this extra exposure? Am I about to get insta-famous this summer?

Menswear Dog from instagram lookin casually cool#probablynot.

While we can’t necessarily promise you fame and fortune, we can advise you on a few tips and tricks to get your smile celebrity status ready.

You may be tempted to look into at-home whitening options before jumping into the dentist’s chair–and there’s nothing wrong with that! There are tons of whitening strips, toothpaste, and lights available almost everywhere you shop. There’s also a lot of recipes for teeth whitening home remedies online.

Let’s break down some of these options:

Crest Whitestrips:

crest whitestrips box

Crest Whitestrips are available in most grocery stores and are one of the few over-the-counter bleaching products that are ADA approved. They consist of an upper and lower plastic strip that have tiny peroxide-filled bubbles on them that “pop” when pressed against your teeth. They are usually worn for 30 minutes at a time. If they feel too slippery, try drying your teeth off before putting on the strips.

TIP ALERT! Definitely make sure to wipe any peroxide gel off your gums immediately after applying the strips. It can burn!

LED Whitening Kits:

90's group photo of New Kids on the Block

LED-Light Whitening kits are the new kid on the block. They consist of a fancy mouth light and trays with either carbamide peroxide gel or hydrogen peroxide gel. The idea is that once you have the gel trays in your mouth, the blue light just helps speed up the whitening process. There seem to be a lot of options for these lights and at many price points. Make sure to do plenty of research before going towards the light.

Whitening Toothpaste:

whitening toothpaste on toothbrush

Almost every brand of toothpaste has a version that claims to whiten your teeth to match Bob Ross’s Titanium White paint. Some of these can really help curb staining between teeth cleanings. Just watch out for abrasiveness. A lot of whitening toothpaste rely on a pumice-effect to scrub stains. The bad part is, they sometimes remove some of your enamel as well. This can either lead to more staining or even yellower looking teeth as the naturally yellow dentin (the layer of the tooth under your enamel) begins to show.

Homeopathic/Pinterest Methods

I’m going to stop you right here and redirect you to an older blog we did that talked about the harm in using Pinterest-approved whitening techniques, including charcoal and acidic foods. As we mentioned with the toothpaste, abrasives like charcoal and baking soda may help you achieve a whiter smile but it’s actually doing more damage in the long run as it removes your enamel. Acids, like those found in lemons and strawberries (which are two of Pinterest’s favorite whitening ingredients), will also cause irreversible damage to the enamel.

What whitening options does Dr. Whitehouse offer?

Dr. Whitehouse is a provider of the KöR Whitening system which has been touted as one of the most effective whitening systems available.

KOR Whitening Treatment before and after results photo

It works by utilizing a combination of in-office and at-home treatments with fully potent peroxide bleaching gels. As with most bleaching systems, some sensitivity is normal. Fluoride is the best remedy for senspost-whitening sensitivity, which you can find in lower doses in your toothpastes or extra strength at our office.

Luckily, the KoR whitening system includes an anti-sensitivity agent included in the whitening kit that can be used at home, and REALLY works!!

Happy Summer, ya’ll. Smile bright!

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