What is the Best Way to Whiten Teeth?

With everything from natural home remedies to over-the-counter products being touted as the latest breakthrough in teeth whitening technology, it can be hard to know which is the best solution for whitening teeth. In fact, many whitening treatments can be effective. But the best way to brighten your teeth is by choosing the option that is healthiest for you.

At-Home Options

Over-the-counter (OTC) teeth whiteners are generally effective and safe, but the results vary from person-to-person. An individual’s health, diet, size and shape of teeth and the severity of the staining can all impact whether or not a person is able to reach a desired level of brightness with OTC solutions. When considering white strips or toothpastes, remember to follow the guidelines provided and to stop use immediately if sensitivity occurs or worsens.

The same caution should be used with home remedies as well, such as buffing with baking soda, lemon juice or using hydrogen peroxide. While all these products are natural, overuse can create or increase tooth sensitivity. Therefore these options may not be right for everyone, and they should definitely not be used long-term.

Consulting A Professional

The best idea is to consult your dentist before beginning any teeth whitening treatment, including those considered all-natural.

At Lake Forest Dental, we will work closely with you to determine the best form of teeth whitening treatment, and to minimize tooth sensitivity.

We can also give advice about how to keep your teeth white, and more importantly, healthy, so you’ll have a dazzling smile for years to come.


Aside from providing dependable general and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.

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