People often talk about how they wish they had whiter teeth, but sometimes feel that a bright, white, sparkling smile just isn’t something that they can achieve. Hesitancy about home whiting treatments or seemingly expensive professional teeth whitening holds many people back from pursuing a whiter, brighter smile. If you’re not ready to seek out professional help with whitening your smile, there are still some things that you can do on your own to whiten your teeth.
Follow these tips on affordable ways to brighten your smile:
1. Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda Scrub
Home remedies for teeth whitening can be effective when done properly. Hydrogen peroxide mixed with baking soda is a great natural teeth whitener. To use this method, combine a small amount of baking soda with hydrogen peroxide and apply the mixture to a toothbrush, just as you would normal toothpaste. Make sure that the mixture is a little runny and not gritty, as too much baking soda can actually be too abrasive for your teeth and harm the enamel. Brush your teeth as usual to not only brighten teeth, but also clean your gums and entire mouth. Be sure not to swallow.
2. Olive Oil Treatment
While this method is somewhat contested, it can’t hurt to try! Apply a small amount of olive oil to your teeth after brushing by using a toothbrush, or a clean wash cloth. Rub the olive oil onto teeth and do not rinse.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar Cleanse
Many people swear by the Apple Cider Vinegar Cleanse and say that after a few weeks of using this cleanse, their teeth look as though they’ve been professionally whitened. The key to this cleanse is to be consistent and patient. To use apple cider vinegar to clean stains off of teeth, apply a small amount of the vinegar to a toothbrush and brush teeth as usual. After, brush teeth with your normal toothpaste. Apple cider vinegar is an acid and can be harmful to tooth enamel if left on the enamel for too long, so brushing afterwards or rinsing your mouth out very well is an important step.
4. Food Scrubs
Food items that you find in your fridge could actually help you to whiten your teeth! Orange and lemon peels and strawberries have been known to help whiten teeth naturally. Rub orange or lemon peels over your teeth as a sort of scrub to eliminate stains and brighten teeth. Afterwards, be sure to brush with normal toothpaste or rinse your mouth out well so that the acidic citrus doesn’t stay on your teeth and cause enamel erosion. Some people also have claimed that rubbing mashed up strawberries on the teeth is an effective way of removing stains and brightening teeth.
5. Brush Teeth Often
This might seem like a no brainer, but a lot of people simply forget to brush or are unable to brush after eating or drinking foods that could stain their teeth. If you are able to brush after meals, or after consuming sugary or dark-colored drinks, this is one of the best methods to keep your teeth clean, bright and stain-free.
If you have tried these tips and methods but still aren’t completely satisfied with the results, contact the professionals at DentaLux to talk about our ZOOM and Sapphire Teeth whitening that can have your teeth 6 shades whiter in just one, short visit!