Oct
17
2008

Unfortunately, regardless of how well one cares for their teeth, one’s smile never seems to rival the smiles portrayed in popular magazines. Getting a whiter, brighter smile can be easily achieved in a number of different ways.

To whiten your teeth, there are many different methods you can try. This article will identify the benefits and costs of using each different method, as well as a general overview of each.

The most effective and long lasting whitening treatments are still found by visiting a dentist’s office. Unfortunately, treatments are expensive and cost in the $300-$500 range. Treatments from your dentist are more effective than the majority of other methods.

Toothpastes and mouthwashes that promise to whiten your teeth do work; however, you do not get the same immediate satisfaction as you do with the dentist office treatments. Remember that results are not instant. They are the most effective on light to medium staining. These products are more affordable, and work very well to prevent new stains and maintain your brighter smile.

Though whitening strips are available at many different drugstores and grocery stores, they do vary greatly in quality and effectiveness, and can cost up to $40 each. The more affordable strips work well when used on an ongoing basis, whereas the more expensive strips rival the effectiveness of dental office treatments. The product must be applied carefully in order to avoid the strips leaving visible stripes on the teeth. Whitening strips can cause increased tooth sensitivity.
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Oct
17
2008

Ask your doctor

Posted by: Sherrie in Categories: Health.
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With the cost of medications always rising, it’s very hard, and sometimes impossible, for some people to afford their medications. While some people have bought prescriptions overseas or online, there are are safer methods to save money on your medicines.

First, if the medication is only to be used for a brief time, ask your doctor if he can give you samples of the drug. Pharmaceutical salespeople sometimes leave samples with doctors, who will usually give them to you if you ask for them. You may need to ask about availability, as your doctor might not think to offer the samples.

If you will be taking a specific medication for an extended time and have a prescription insurance plan, make sure you understand exactly what your plan will cover. Your health insurance plan will keep a formulary, which is a list of certain medications that they prefer. Drugs on the list are usually less expensive than drugs that don’t appear on the list. If the medication your doctor prescribes does not appear on the formulary, ask for comparable medication that is on the list.

It is wise to use generic medications whenever you can. If you have to pay for your medications yourself, you can really save a great deal of money this way. If you use generic medications, you may have a lower co-pay from your prescription plan. Your doctor can help you determine whether a generic medication will work as well for you as a brand-name drug.
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