Teeth whitening: what methods are safe and the most effective

Get a brighter, whiter smile faster with these quick and easy ways to whiten your teeth at home. Prepare to dazzle with your pearly whites...
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  • There's no doubt a brilliant smile is the ultimate anti-ageing accessory. The question is how to whiten your teeth without spending hundreds of pounds at the dentist?

    “The lower third of your face is the most important anti-ageing tool.” Dr Uchenna Okoye, a dentist to the stars and Clinical Director of London Smiling Dentist Group says, “If teeth are whiter, you instantly appear younger.

    “We invest in cleansers and moisturisers for our skin but we don’t always look after our smile so well. Using the right dental products is like having a deep facial then using creams to keep skin healthy.”

    How can you whiten your teeth?

    Professional whitening is a guaranteed way to knock out staining and bring you teeth back to their sparkling best. However, not all professional whitening was created equal.

    A recent investigation by the BBC revealed that reports of illegal teeth whitening procedures have gone up by 26%. The untrained or under-qualified beauticians using teeth whitening kits have been known to cause tooth loss, burns and blisters to their patients.

    If you do want to opt for a professional treatment, there are some great alternatives out there that don’t include bleach. Polish & Perfect by Dr Reena Wadia uses airflow polishing, a deep-cleaning treatment that uses a mixture of powder particles and water to blast away stain build up.

    And while most teeth-whitening treatments will cost you upwards of £500, this treatment is more affordable, coming in a £250 for both a consultation and treatment, so you’ll go away with some sound advice on how to brighten your smile.

    But how do you go about teeth whitening at home?

    There are plenty of DIY whitening kits around that can be very effective at lifting your teeth by a few shades. Simple-to-use at-home teeth whitening trays and bleaching products are becoming more sophisticated all the time so you can save time and money, and still get great results from the comfort of your own home.

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    As well as specific dental products, we’ve found a few easy tweaks you can make to your lifestyle to see impressive results, too. Sometimes, simply changing your diet or adding an everyday product into your beauty regime can make all the difference to your smile.

    Follow our guide for how to get white teeth with the best DIY techniques that are both safe, effective and won’t break the bank either.

    Prepare to dazzle with a killer white smile…

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