Our teeth can certainly take a beating. Coffee, tea, tobacco use, even red wine can leave unsightly stains on our teeth, ruining that perfect smile we all long to have. Many of us will do just about anything to whiten our smile because a bright, white smile can do wonders for our confidence.
Interestingly, there’s a historical reason why perfectly white teeth are so desired in many cultures. Pearly white teeth have been a mark of beauty and wealth for centuries. In fact, the practice of teeth-whitening can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians around 4,000 years ago. They used a mixture of ground pumice stone mixed in wine vinegar to whiten their teeth. A few centuries later, ancient Romans used … well … urine to whiten teeth. Yea, you heard me right, they used urine.
Today, there are many other techniques — both professional and natural — that you can use to whiten your teeth, and they don’t include urine, thank you very much.
Professional Whitening by a Dentis
One of the easiest methods of whitening your teeth is by having it done professionally by your dentist. In fact, it is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures in the world. But, professional whitening does come with a hefty cost that might be too steep for some. The cost of in-office bleaching averages $650, and it should be noted that it is not a permanent solution.
Still, many find the advantages of in-office tooth-whitening procedures make it worth the cost, including a faster result and fewer sensitivities.