If you are like most adults, your teeth are not as white as when you were a youngster. The most common reasons that teeth darken with age is because they are exposed to things that stain them such as coffee, tea, red wine and nicotine from smoking. Because sparkling, white teeth would make your smile more attractive, you are probably searching for ways to brighten them.

Whitening toothpaste and mouthwash can make a considerable difference when used regularly over an extended period of time. You should be cautious about using some ADA-approved toothpastes that contain abrasive particles that polish the surface of your teeth. These particles can wear away the surface of tooth enamel and cause permanent damage. One particular whitening toothpaste ingredient is Blue covarine. This chemical binds to the tooth enamel and reduces the appearance of a yellow tinge through an optical illusion.

There are several brands of teeth whitening strips available over-the-counter. These strips are sold in drugstores or supermarkets in most areas, and you can see positive results in just a couple weeks using this method. You should brush and floss your teeth before applying the strips to your teeth, and they should be left in place for 30 minutes twice each day. Set aside the half hour you will need for this process and avoid eating, drinking and talking during this time. Talking would not interrupt the procedure, but it can be difficult with a strip on both the upper and lower teeth. When the time is up, remove the strips and rinse your mouth thoroughly before drinking or eating.

A teeth whitening pen is another method that some people find easier to use than the strips. Once again, brush and floss your teeth before applying the gel from the pen. Follow the instructions on the package to apply the gel while smiling to prevent your lips from coming in contact with the gel. The gel should cure for 30 seconds before closing your mouth while the process works for at least 30 minutes. This process should be repeated three times each day, and you should notice whiter teeth within two to four weeks.

The fastest and most effective way to get the whitest teeth is at your dental clinic. This professional method uses peroxide gel activated by a laser light. A robber shield will be placed over your lips and gums to protect them during the procedure. While professional whitening is certainly more costly than do-it-yourself methods, you will achieve much better results in one session than weeks of an at home method. Another great advantage of professional whitening is that it is effective up to three years.

Whatever method you have used to whiten your teeth, you should take care that they do not become stained again. Cut down or eliminate drinks like tea, coffee or red wine. Drinking them with a straw can help, but is probably not a good idea with hot drinks. Brush regularly with a whitening toothpaste and have semi-annual cleanings and checkups.