There’s nothing more refreshing than an amazing smile. That’s why many people pay a premium on teeth alignment and whitening so they get the same pearly whites their favorite Hollywood celebrities have, if you are looking for dentist to whiten your teeth then we recommend Dr. Swauger. But not everyone can afford a visit to the dentist for an in-office teeth whitening session, which can cost anywhere from $500 to upwards of $1,000. Many dentists also offer at-home bleaching kits worth around $300 – $600.
If you’re in dire need of teeth whitening but don’t want to spend a ton of money to do so, there are proven DIY alternatives out there to rid your teeth of stains and make your smile whiter and brighter.
- Chew some Gum
If you’re a coffee addict like me, or if you love red wine, tea and cigarettes, chances are you have stains on your formerly white gnashers. They may probably even be a little yellow by now. Even if you get professional in-office whitening, stains and discoloration are just a coffee sip and a smoke away, and will come back in as little as three months, many dentist advice not to do this, even the famous dentist Chandler. Certain foods with high acidic content like oranges and berries, also contribute to stains because they weaken the enamel, making the teeth more susceptible to stains.
Prevention is the key to minimizing the impact of teeth stains from food and drink. However, we can’t simply avoid drinking and eating the food we love, (although I would always advise against smoking) especially coffee and tea. We can’t bring a toothbrush everywhere we go and run to the bathroom after every meal, so the solution is to chew some Xylitol gum or teeth whitening gum (e.g. Orbits White). Teeth whitening gum has baking soda and Titanium Dioxide, which are both abrasive ingredients and the act of chewing helps remove stains. So, always bring a pack or two with you and chew some after coffee or meals. Your breath will be fresh and you’ll prevent stain and plaque buildup.
- DIY Teeth Whitener
The go-to DIY solution for many people is mixing hydrogen peroxide and baking soda together and brushing with it. This cost effective and simple homebrew solution has worked for ages, and is relatively safe to use. Sprinkle some baking soda on 1 teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide until it forms a paste. Aim for the consistency of your toothpaste. Dip your toothbrush and gently brush your teeth for 2 minutes. The low costs and high success rates of at home teeth whitening kits has revolutionized the industry. Rinse your mouth with diluted hydrogen peroxide for maximum effect, or you can use plain old tap water. Another good option is purchasing a home kit from the drug store. This is a lot cheaper than having it professionally done at the dentist but still very effective.
You can also add your regular toothpaste over the mixture or gargle with mouthwash to make your breath fresh. Do not go crazy with both ingredients though, because they’re highly abrasive and may damage the enamel coating of your teeth with regular use. Use the solution for three to six days straight, and wait another three to six months before using it again.
- Fruit me up
Some fruits are not only delectable, but they also help whiten teeth. Strawberries and Bananas are great at whitening teeth. Strawberries contain malic acid, which dissolves coffee, wine and tea stains. Simply mash 1-2 strawberries and add a teaspoon of baking soda to form a paste. Use a toothbrush with super slim bristles for this task, and gently brush your teeth for five to seven minutes. Rinse and floss as you normally would, and make sure to remove the strawberry seeds in between your teeth.
As with other remedies, do not use this everyday because baking soda is abrasive and the acid content in strawberries can weaken and erode the coating of your teeth, making them susceptible to more stains. 2 – 3 x a week should be enough.
Bananas contain potassium, magnesium and manganese which are absorbed into your teeth’s enamel and are proven to aid in teeth whitening. After brushing your teeth, simply rub them with the inside of a fresh and ripe banana peel for two minutes. Rinse and repeat before you hit the sack. Banana peel rubs are safe and can be used everyday if you want your teeth to be white and bright, but it may take a while for you to see results so be patient.
If you’ve got the cash to flash a winning smile, go ahead and get it because everyone should have a bright and confident smile. But if you’ve got other priorities in life and are cost conscious, try the solutions listed above and see if they work for you. Don’t forget to enjoy eating leftover bananas and strawberries!
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