Over the past few years, I’ve noticed my smile isn’t quite as bright as it used to be. I look at pictures of myself and feel like my pearly whites aren’t so pearly. But since there are so many different ways to whiten your teeth nowadays, I felt like it was my duty to share with you all the best ways to whiten your teeth.
So how to get white teeth?
Whitening toothpaste, whitening strips, gel trays, and in-office bleaching treatments are the most proven methods.
These all have their benefits and drawbacks, but they are all improving over time.
Here are some of the pros and cons that I’ve found for each of them:
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Whitening Toothpaste is the slowest method, but not by that much – and it’s definitely the most convenient. Just swapping out or adding a whitening toothpaste to your routine can show real results! With light abrasives and peroxides added to your toothpaste, you can remove surface stains and get notably whiter teeth over the course of just a month or two! We have a list of the most effective whitening toothpaste if this sounds like the way for you!
Another popular method is whitening strips. Pre-packaged strips with chemical whiteners that you will place and then remove after a recommended time. These are effective, but as they are pre-made, they may not cover your teeth properly, and the chemicals may start to cause damage if used for too long or too often.
Whitening Gel Trays
These are very similar to whitening strips, but rather than a strip that you place on your teeth, these use a whitening gel which is either brushed on or placed in a tray which you bite into. Also similar to strips,
the chemicals may cause damage much like strips, but gels are typically gentler as they are used as an overnight option. An additional pro is that they have better coverage, sinking in between teeth, unlike whitening strips.
In-office Whitening Treatments
Obviously the priciest and most inconvenient option, in-office whitening is also the fastest and most effective method of whitening your teeth. Having your teeth whitened by a professional may bring the greatest peace of mind, and the cleanest look – but at the highest cost in time and money.
Natural and Home Remedies
Now, many of these options involve harsh chemicals or a sizable investment. If these give you concern or aren’t in the budget right now, then here are some home-remedy options to try:
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is among the most popular cure-alls nowadays, which may help in oral health. Use water to dilute some apple cider vinegar to create a mouthwash high in antibacterial acetic acid.
An old-fashioned replacement for toothpaste, baking soda has several benefits for teeth whitening. First, as an abrasive, it can help buff away surface stains. Second, baking soda is an alkaline, which inhibits oral bacteria.
This is perhaps the furthest ‘out there’ method, but many people swear by fruit-based whitening. The primary two methods are A. rubbing a banana peel against your teeth, and B. brushing with mashed strawberries.
These may have some slight benefit: Banana peels are high in vitamins and minerals, as well as having a surface ripe (haha!) for exfoliating tooth surfaces. And strawberries contain acids that may help penetrate the surface and dissolve deeper stains. However, neither method has been proven successful for everyone, so I would guide you to the above methods.