Dr. Greg Grillo, D.D.S.
An amazing smile carries warmth, confidence, and attraction that draws people to you. Studies show that your smile catches the eye of those you meet faster than any other personal attribute.
Take a look in the mirror. Do you like how yours looks?
Removing years of stain and color from your teeth provides a dramatic “smile-lift” for just about everyone. If you’re hoping to save money, there are DIY teeth whitening techniques worth exploring. But when you use your own methods, it’s essential you protect your teeth against unnecessary damage.
Where Did The Yellow Come From?
Coffee, tea, chocolate, and red wine and other foods and drinks slowly deposit color into your teeth. These molecules tightly bind into the enamel and darken your smile. In addition, teeth may refuse to shine because of genetics, trauma, birth disorders, excess fluoride, and metal fillings.
For most cases, a better color isn’t far away. A few days with the right method lifts years of stain accumulation out of the enamel. In fact, many people feel younger when they brighten their teeth with a proven system.
Don’t Make These 6 Mistakes
Removing the color invaders and keeping your teeth healthy at the same time is the biggest concern when it comes to DIY teeth whitening methods. Here’s what NOT to do:
DON’T use abrasive powders that attempt to scrub color away.
DON’T use diluted bleach and water.
DON’T rely on toothpaste and rinses that claim to whiten teeth.
DON’T use charcoal without checking the abrasive index of the product.
DON’T use foreign-made solutions from unknown sources.
DON’T use homemade teeth whitening techniques
The internet is overflowing with ideas meant to save a few bucks and leave you with a whiter smile. No matter how you spin it, brushing your teeth with acidic lemon juice doesn’t make sense. Scrubbing, eroding, or any number of quick fixes destroy layers of your tooth that can never be regrown.
Tooth enamel forms a protective layer on your teeth. Like armor, it’s the hardest substance in your body. Once it’s worn away, you never really get it back. Expensive techniques using custom porcelain veneers and crowns can mimic enamel, but it’s not the same. Plus, repairing damaged teeth often costs thousands of dollars and hours of treatment time. The risks of most DIY teeth whitening tricks aren’t worth it, and they usually don’t work.
A dental professional can help you with predictable teeth whitening systems. The downside is that you’ll need to budget a few hundred dollars and set aside extra time for appointments. But if this fits you, consider this option.
If you know your teeth are healthy and you just want an affordable boost, the best DIY teeth whitening method is one specifically designed to do the trick. To protect your teeth and get the result you’re looking for, choose a take-home system that passes this test:
Manufactured in the U.S.: Whitening gels require careful handling, storage, and shipping conditions to prevent damage to these delicate products. Be sure the system you choose is from quality, U.S.-based sources.
Peroxide-based formulas: Peroxide gels boast a long record of safety and effectiveness, the perfect mix for awesome teeth whitening before and after photos.
FDA-registered: This quality-control step helps ensure you’re choosing a safe product with a proven track record.
Reputable seller: Look for a company that guarantee their products, have excellent consumer reviews, and operate with a social conscience.
Set the standard for what you put into your body using the criteria above, and you’ll be grinning from ear to ear. While the market’s swimming in dozens of sub-par options and questionable marketing claims, you don’t need to waste time or money.
Choose a proven system, like Crystal Clear Teeth Whitening, and you’ll be using a product trusted by dental professionals and patients. Crystal Clear offers a complete solution for a brighter smile: Safe, effective, and predictable!
Dr. Greg Grillo is a 1995 University of Washington School of Dentistry graduate practicing in North Central Washington. He balances clinical practice with a role as the Content Director for Legwork, a rapidly growing dental software company. He’s also worked on numerous international projects and helped build apps, videos, software, and content strategies for the profession.
Grillo purchased his current practice in 2001 after four years as a U.S. Navy Dental Officer. He’s now the senior partner of Grillo Robeck Dental, an innovative practice blending technology with exceptional staffing to provide relationship-based healthcare. (Updated June 26, 2020)