Teeth whitening: methods
Bright white teeth are no longer a dream today. Because the possibilities of teeth whitening are diverse today. Get an overview.
How do I get white teeth??
Means for white teeth
- Whitening toothpastes
- Over-the-counter whitening products (e.g., Stripes) – Not recommended
- Professional tooth cleaning
If you want to whiten your teeth, today you can choose from a wide range of options that differ, among other things, in their intensity of teeth whitening and the possible side effects. There are special products for home use and treatments that the dentist performs.
Tip: For home use special tooth creams are suitable for white teeth. However, over-the-counter teeth whitening products for lighter teeth are discouraged.
White teeth get at home
Regularly and thoroughly brushing your teeth – this is the most important requirement for beautiful, white teeth!
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day
- Pay attention to the correct toothbrushing technique
- Also clean the interdental spaces thoroughly (with special brushes and / or dental floss)
- Change the toothbrush every three months at the latest, since worn or bent bristles no longer guarantee perfect cleaning performance
Extra tip: Who wants to do even more for white teeth, can use so-called whitening toothpaste.
Special toothpastes for white teeth have been developed to bring out the natural whiteness of the teeth.
Corresponding whitening toothpastes usually contain special cleaning bodies (“emery substances”) which can dissolve superficial discolorations. Among other things, the products offered differ in terms of the intensity of the abrasive (erosive) effect and their additional effects (eg gum protection).
Learn more about whitening toothpaste here.
If you want to whiten your teeth yourself, you can use various over-the-counter dental bleaching products with hydrogen peroxide or other bleaching ingredients (eg bleaching strips, tooth-and-white pencils or similar)..
However, experts advise against such bleaching agents for teeth. For example, improper use can irritate the gums or even damage the teeth (for example, when the bleach spills out of a splint). Accordingly, it has also been established by law that appropriate homecare products should not exceed a concentration of 0.1% hydrogen peroxide. * A real lightening effect is therefore questionable anyway.
Experts advise caution: Even if the teeth can actually appear whiter in the short term, the substances usually attack the enamel as well. Paint particles can attach to the tooth more easily – it darkens. Last but not least, the tooth enamel reduction favored in this way ensures that the yellowish dentin shines through. White teeth? None!
Read more about white teeth with home remedies here.
Teeth whiten at the dentist
Professional teeth cleaning is recommended to bring out the natural whiteness of the teeth. Finally, the teeth are very thoroughly freed from deposits and tartar and also polished. At the same time, regular professional teeth cleaning also prevents dental problems such as tooth decay or gingivitis.
Bleaching is the bleaching of teeth with chemical substances (especially hydrogen peroxide). In order to prevent damage to the teeth and gums, as well as irregular results, it is strongly advised to perform whitening only under the supervision of a dentist and not to use over-the-counter whitening products.
In question are different approaches:
- Home bleaching: The dentist makes an individual plastic splint that the user fills with bleach gel at home and carries by the hour. The duration of treatment is about 2 weeks
- Office bleaching: Bleaching the teeth in the dental office with a correspondingly higher-dose bleach
- Power Bleaching: Acceleration of office bleaching using UV light or laser
The result of bleaching usually lasts up to three years.
Learn more about bleaching here.
Per tooth must be expected with about 600 to 700 euros.
Let your dentist advise you.
Even after a bleaching treatment, the teeth darken again. The result lasts about 2-3 years. Read more here
The interdental spaces account for as much as 30 percent of the entire tooth surface. This makes it clear how important it is to specifically remove dental plaque even in these hidden places.
If the gums have already receded, it can no longer be formed again. More on this.
More than 80 percent of Germans have signs of gingivitis. Read here what you can do about it.
Dental plaque can only be removed mechanically, ie with a toothbrush and dental floss. A mouthwash alone is therefore not enough. Learn more here.
Tartar increases the risk of tooth decay and gingivitis, so scaling is important. Find out more here.
For decades, drinking water has been treated with fluoride in various countries such as the USA, Canada, Ireland and Australia.
By using fluoride-containing toothpastes, a caries reduction of 20 to 30 percent can be achieved.
Caries in children and adolescents occurs in about 80 percent of cases in the area of the cavities (fissures) of the molars. These should therefore be cleaned very thoroughly from the change of teeth. Learn more.
Improper brushing may favor yellow teeth. There are other causes here.
Soft drinks and energy drinks can promote tooth enamel breakdown. Learn more.
With the right toothpaste, you can protect your teeth from acid-induced enamel degeneration. Learn more.
Bleaching treatment should always be monitored by the dentist. Learn more.
Even “zero drinks” often contain acid – and can thus damage the enamel. Read more here.
Every fourth German suffers from persistent bad breath (Halitosis).
Toothpaste with fluoride can strengthen tooth enamel. More on this.
White spots on the teeth can be a first sign of tooth decay. Find out more about the symptoms of tooth decay here.
Baking soda for white teeth? Experts advise against this home remedy because of the possible enamel damage. Learn more.
More and more young people are affected by tooth enamel degradation. Especially the frequent consumption of acidic sodas is responsible. Read more here.
Dental plaque can be removed by thoroughly brushing your teeth. Tartar, on the other hand, can only be eliminated by the dentist.
Plaque can promote the development of gum problems and thus of exposed tooth necks. Read more about the connections here.
Clean the interdental spaces before or after brushing your teeth? This is a secondary priority, experts say. It is important that it happens daily.
Pain-sensitive teeth can be a sign of enamel degeneration. Learn more.
Excessive scrubbing while brushing can damage the enamel. Read more here.
A baby toothpaste typically contains 500 ppm fluoride. Learn more.
The health insurance company covers the costs for a scaler removal once a year. Read more about this topic.
Plaque contains a smorgasbord of different bacterial species. Some of them are harmless, while others produce acids or toxins. Read more here.
If tooth decay is detected early, it does not necessarily have to be drilled. Find out more here.
When the gums return, you should take a close look at your toothbrushing habits. Find out more here.
Smokers are at an increased risk for gingivitis and periodontitis.
Our tooth color is genetically determined. In the course of life, the teeth darken. Learn more.
Tartar can be white-yellowish, brown or even black. Read more here.
Excessive scrubbing while brushing can damage the gums. Exposed tooth necks or sensitive teeth can be the result. Read more here.
Fruit juices and smoothies can promote tooth decay – they contain lots of sugar. Find out more about the causes of tooth decay here.
Tongue cleaning is recommended as part of the daily oral hygiene program.
Plaque is constantly re-created – even shortly after brushing your teeth.
Halitosis is much less likely to occur in the stomach than is widely believed. Learn all about the causes of bad breath.
When bleaching teeth as the bleaching of the hair, the active ingredient is hydrogen peroxide used. Read more here.
If the teeth are sensitive to hot or cold, special toothpastes can reduce pain sensitivity. Read more here.
Enamel is the hardest substance in the body. No wonder the dentist uses a diamond drill to work on it. Learn more.
Exposed tooth necks are often the result of periodontitis. Read more about the connections here.
Sensitive teeth are often the result of exposed tooth necks. Learn more here.
From about five and a half to six years break in most children, the first permanent molars and the front incisors begin to wobble. Learn more.
Improper brushing and gingivitis can cause the gums to retract. More about the causes.
Initial evidence for the protective effect of fluoride against caries emerged from studies in the US. It was found: young people from regions with fluoride-rich drinking water had only half as many carious teeth as peers from regions with low-fluoride drinking water.
The better plaque is removed, the sooner you can protect yourself against tartar and possible consequences. Learn more here.
Over-the-counter dental bleaching products today may have a maximum hydrogen peroxide content of 0.1%. Read more here.
Over-the-counter dental bleach is discouraged – irregular results and damage to teeth and gums are possible. Learn more.
Home remedies for yellow teeth are ineffective at best. Because lemon juice, salt & Co. can also do damage.
The use of toothpaste with fluoride is an essential part of caries prophylaxis.
Unlike gingivitis, periodontal disease is an irreversible process. Find out more here.
Gingival retreat is not just an aesthetic problem. Since teeth are often sensitive to cold or hot, eating and drinking can be a painful affair. More on this.
Between the ages of 13 and 16, the risk of caries is particularly high Learn More.
If plaque is not or not sufficiently removed, tartar can occur. Read more here.
“Halitophobics” are convinced they have halitosis and bother others – though that is not the case.
Tips for white teeth
Coffee, tea & Co. reduce
For unsightly tooth discoloration, among other things, a variety of foods and luxury foods are responsible. Anyone who wants to take countermeasures should therefore reduce the typical “culprits” such as coffee, red wine or tea. Also, abstaining from nicotine can be rewarded with whiter teeth.
Thorough and regular brushing
Natural white teeth? Who pays attention to a thorough and regular dental care, creates the best basis. So brush your teeth twice a day, paying attention to the cleaning of the interdental spaces (eg with special interdental brushes and dental floss). Replace your toothbrush at least every three months so as not to reduce the cleaning result caused by worn bristles.
Find out more about proper tooth brushing here.
Extra tip: Special whitening toothpastes have been specially developed to eliminate tooth discolouration and to restore natural teeth whitening.
Odol-med3 White & Shine: For shiny, visibly whiter teeth *
The Micro-Gloss-Pearl technology cleans, smoothes and gently polishes the tooth surface – for visibly whiter teeth * and a clinically proven gloss effect in 7 days. ** The teeth whitening formula also helps keep teeth shiny longer white. ***
For shiny smooth, visibly whiter teeth. *
* Regular brushing compared to Odol-med3 Original. Visibly whiter teeth according to dental assessment.
** With regular brushing.
*** Regular brushing compared to Odol-med3 Original.
Professional tooth cleaning
Have a professional tooth cleaning at the dentist regularly! Because that not only reduces the risk of tooth decay and gingivitis, but also ensures whiter teeth. During the treatment, plaque and tartar are removed with special instruments – so that the natural teeth whitening comes to light again.
Beware of over-the-counter dental bleaching products
Teeth bleach at home? This sounds comfortable, but over-the-counter dental bleaching products such as bleaching stripes or bleaching pens are judged extremely critically by experts. For example, improperly used bleach can cause gum irritation. Accordingly, the highest concentration of bleach was set by law (0.1% hydrogen peroxide) – the bleaching effect is therefore estimated to be low.
Important: Highly concentrated bleaching agents (eg via mail order on the Internet) are strongly discouraged.
Baking soda for whiter teeth? Better not!
Home remedies for lighter teeth are very popular. Especially baking soda is traded as an insider tip for whiter teeth. But tips such as banana peels, coconut oil or lemon juice circulate on the Internet. Experts advise caution. For example, although baking soda can actually make teeth whiter in the short term, it is more likely that tooth enamel will be damaged and, consequently, that tooth staining will be more pronounced.
Learn more about home remedies for white teeth
If you want to lighten your teeth by a few nuances, you can ask the dentist for a professional bleaching treatment. A chemical bleaching substance is applied to the teeth. The lightening effect usually lasts up to three years.
Important: In advance, the dentist should examine the condition of the teeth and gums. Professional teeth cleaning is also recommended before bleaching.
Let your dentist advise you.
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