Get Brighter, Whiter Teeth

Show off a sparkling white smile in your wedding photos

By MiShaun Taylor

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There are many products on the market to help brides and grooms whiten their teeth without spending a lot of money at the dentist's office. Some options include home remedies, whitening toothpastes and at-home whitening kits. Stain prevention is also important when you're trying to maintain your pearly whites. However, not all stains are easily removed by using over-the-counter products.

  • What You Need to Know
  • If your stains are stubborn, you should discuss professional teeth whitening options with your dentist.

Step 1:

Use a whitening toothpaste to brighten your teeth if they aren't extremely stained and you are only aiming for a few shades lighter. Whitening toothpastes should not be used on a regular basis, as they can be abrasive and thus wear down the enamel on your teeth. This is another reason why they should only be used for teeth with minor stains.

Step 2:

Create a home remedy using using hydrogen peroxide and baking soda if you'd rather not use a whitening toothpaste. To make the paste, mix two to three teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide with approximately two teaspoons of baking soda. Brush your teeth with this mixture and leave it on your teeth for at least two minutes. Do not swallow. Afterward, brush your teeth again with your regular toothpaste to remove all of the peroxide.

Step 3:

Use an at-home whitening system if your stains are too stubborn to be removed by whitening toothpastes alone. At-home whitening kits come in the form of strips or trays. The price is around $35 for a seven day supply, which is more expensive than a whitening toothpaste but still much cheaper than whitening procedures at a dentist's office, where prices usually start at around $300.

Step 4:

Consult your dentist if your stains are unrelenting and do not respond to at-home treatments. In-office whitening treatments generally produce the best results and are the least harmful to your teeth. A bleaching gel is applied twice for 15-30 minutes, and sometimes an intense light is used to activate the bleaching process. Your dentist might also suggest veneers. Veneers are thin shells that are placed over the teeth to improve their color or condition.

Step 5:

Prevent stains. Once you have reached a shade you are happy with, you should make any necessary lifestyle changes to prevent stains. If you a smoker, stop smoking. If you drink soda, tea or juices, drink them through a straw and brush your teeth afterward.

  • Tips & Warnings
  • Patients with broken, crooked or extremely stained teeth are good candidates for veneers.
  • A useful rule of thumb is that if something will stain your clothes, then it will stain your teeth.
  • Regular brushing and flossing will help prevent stains by removing plaque that causes stains around the edges of the teeth.

About the Author

With more than 15 years of writing experience, MiShaun Taylor specializes in wedding-related articles.

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