I keep reading about the effects of lemon on whitening teeth. Could I use lemons from the grocery store or even lemon essential oils to whiten my teeth at home?
Some years ago, there was a dangerous teeth whitening product that would have the patient rinse with a citric acid solution. This would have the effect of etching the teeth. The initial etching would do some minor whitening. Then they would place titanium dioxide on their teeth which was a pigment. It would allow the teeth to look significantly whiter for the length of time that the pigment lasted.
The problem comes with the etching of the teeth that was done using the citrus acid. That enamel will not come back, which means those teeth are permanently damaged and will always be more susceptible to stains. If you were to use lemons, it would have the same effect, without the pigment. The citrus is acidic and it will damage the enamel on your teeth. I even recommend that you rinse your mouth out after drinking citrusy drinks before brushing your teeth in order to neutralize the acid before you scrub it onto your teeth.
If you really want to safely whiten your teeth, the best way to do that is through a dentist. They can provide you with custom-fitted teeth whitening trays. Not only will that whiten your teeth more effectively, but it will do it safely protecting both your tooth enamel as well as your gums.
If finances are the only thing keeping you from going to the dentist for your teeth whitening, then I would simply look for a dentist who advertises as an affordable dentist. Not only do they work hard to keep their prices as low as possible, they are often willing to work with you on payment plans.
Teeth whitening is pretty basic. Because of that you do not need to go to an expert cosmetic dentist. You can shop around and find the most affordable dentist to do your teeth whitening. Just make sure you do it right after having your teeth professionally cleaned. Otherwise, you will have splotchy results.
This blog is brought to you by Decatur, AL Dentists Drs. Drake and Wallace.