After using and being extremely disappointed with the Crest 3D Whitestrips, I thought it would be an extremely good idea to do some research on how to whiten your teeth at home. With the following methods, you should not expect to get a celebrity white smile.
If you’re looking for a celebrity white smile, you should probably go to your dentist to get your teeth professionally whitened. I have heard that a take-home kit actually runs for about $300.00, which isn’t bad. Alternatively, I have heard good things about Crest Whitestrips Supreme, which have the highest concentration of hydrogen peroxide (at 14%) of all the Crest Whitestrips available.
So again, if you are one of those people who are really good about brushing and flossing your teeth, then Grandma’s home whitening solutions probably won’t work for you. But if you’re a heavy coffee drinker, smoker, tea drinker, etc., then the following home whitening remedies will surely help you brighten up that smile of yours.
All of this information comes from research that I have done on the web. I have tried some of these methods, but as I said in one of my other articles; The only way I can get whiter teeth is by using a strong hydrogen peroxide based solution, either provided by the dentist, or really good whitening trays or strips.
Hydrogen peroxide is actually found in most, if not all teeth whitening products. To whiten your teeth with hydrogen peroxide, simply mix it with half water and half peroxide, then swish it around in your mouth for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Use hydrogen peroxide as a pre-brush mouthwash.
If I am not mistaken, people used to brush their teeth with baking soda, back in the day. Although you can buy toothpaste with baking soda already in it, you can also use baking soda straight out of the container, simply pour a little onto your toothbrush with your favorite toothpaste, then brush normally.
This is less commonly known, but I have heard that mixing a tiny bit of salt, baking soda, along with your favorite toothpaste makes a great whitening solution.
All of the above methods are safe, from what I understand. Anything below this quote box could cause your enamel to wear down, along with other problems. Please do further research and check with your dentist before following any of the methods on this page, especially the methods below this box!
Lemon Juice or Lemon Peel
This is where things begin to become a little bit dangerous. If you have been reading a lot about whitening your teeth from home, you have probably read that lemon juice is a great for teeth whitening. Although this may be the case, lemon juice or a lemon peel can actually cause your teeth to lose enamel, which isn’t good. If you decide to use this method, mix half lemon juice with half water, and gargle for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Alternatively, rub a lemon peel across your teeth for 30 seconds.
Like lemons, strawberries are also acidic, and they can cause your teeth to quickly lose enamel. If you’re going to use this method, simply mash up a small strawberry or two, and then brush your teeth with the mashed up strawberries.
A long time ago, I actually saw a dude on a Youtube video use wood ash to whiten his teeth. The results he got were actually pretty amazing. Wood ash works because it contains potassium hydroxide, which is actually a bleaching agent. Although this does whiten your smile, using wood ash over a long period of time can be pretty harmful to your teeth.
Apple Cider Vinegar
According to Michelle, apple cider vinegar is actually an extremely good way to whiten your teeth from home. All you have to do is gargle with apple cider vinegar for about 2 minutes a day, and overtime, your smile will whiten. ACV does contain acid, so be sure to rinse your mouth out with water after use.