There’s no denying that teeth whitening has been on the rise for the past decade. This is especially the case among the age group of 40- to 60-year-olds, for whom it is the most requested procedure, according to the American Dental Association. This could be due to the fact that stains from products like red wine, coffee, and tobacco only build up over time, leading to a demand for whiter teeth later in life.
But in-office whitening procedures can be expensive (Americans pay an average of $600 per visit for in-office teeth-whitening procedures), and over-the-counter whitening methods can have ill effects on some people, such as gum irritation, tooth sensitivity, bluish enamel, uneven whiteness, and more. Add to this the fact that no over-the-counter bleaching products have received the American Dental Association's Seal of Acceptance, and are not regulated by the Federal Drug Administration. Luckily, there are some great natural teeth whitening methods that you can try. They're affordable, safe (when done properly), and will leave you with a great, white smile.