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A $3.50 investment gives me the confidence I need to smile

My yellowish tinged teeth make me self-conscious enough to research a remedy for whitening in order to make my smile dazzle. As I have aged, the enamel on my teeth has become thinner and more transparent, and the inner layer, called dentin, looks darker. My teeth have also absorbed colored liquids from the coffee, tea and red wine that I drink. Thank goodness I do not smoke because that would make then worse than they are.

In my research, here is what I found out. Peroxide is the key ingredient in most whiteners. This safe-for-the-mouth bleaching agent forms bubbles on enamel that lift away stains. The higher the concentration of peroxide and the longer you leave it on your teeth, the whiter they'll get. Teeth whitening is ideal for people who have healthy, unrestored teeth (no fillings) and gums. Individuals with yellow tones to their teeth respond best. Many teeth whitening systems and products are available, including whitening toothpastes, over-the-counter gels, rinses, strips, trays, and whitening products obtained from a dentist.

Of all the products available, I have tried several. The whitening strips made my teeth hurt! They felt sensitive for a couple of days afterwards and I did not see enough results to outweigh the sensitiveness. Next I tried Crest Mouthwash and did not notice any results. When I mentioned this to my dentist he informed me that rinses do not stay in contact with the teeth long enough to make a difference. Okay, now I use the rinse as a mouthwash for fresh breath. So what works for me?

I have found the best teeth whitening product to be a tube of simple toothpaste. I buy Arm & Hammer Advance White toothpaste. The active ingredients are baking soda and peroxide and with my twice a day use, I see almost immediate results.

Arm & Hammer does not employ me to be their spokesperson, but as a Personal Improvement writer with Examiner.com, I want to pass on to the readership what works for me. A $3.50 investment gives me the confidence I need to smile.