Top 7 Ways to Whiten Teeth

by Nick Seth August 21, 2015

From good ol’ideas from the kitchen to teeth whitening strips to professional teeth whitening procedures, I’ve put it down in a list for you.  You may not think it matters much, but you should. We spend so much money on bags, clothes, accessories, make-up to make ourselves look (and feel) good. But it’s also a waste if your teeth are hideous- 7 out of 10 people would find it gross to kiss someone with ugly teeth! And stereotypical notions of attractiveness aside, the wearing down of enamel can actually be harmful. So if you think your teeth are showing signs of yellowing or discoloration, get yourself to the store/kitchen/dentist’s office, and get rid of that stain!

  1. Teeth Whitening Strips

Teeth whitening strips are thin, almost translucent strips coated with a peroxide-based whitening gel. Teeth whitening strips have to be applied regularly, as advised by the directions on the box. Are they harmful? Depends. If you have infected gums or damaged teeth, then teeth whitening strips are not advisable. No kind of artificial teeth bleaching is advisable in that case actually. There are several kinds of teeth whitening strips- most are made of polyethylene which gives the teeth whitening strips their elastic properties and allows them to be placed over your teeth. Teeth whitening strips usually show results within a week or two, and if used correctly, can last up to a year!

  1. Whitening Rinses

Like most teeth bleaching products, these rinses contain hydrogen peroxide which is a bleaching agent. They also have the added benefit of cleansing your mouth and leaving it smelling good- so thusly avoiding gum disease and cavities as well!

  1. Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide

As mentioned above, hydrogen peroxide is a bleaching agent and a small amount mixed with baking soda is a great way to naturally bleach your teeth. Just put the mixture on your toothbrush and brush carefully, making sure not to swallow any. Also be careful, because hydrogen peroxide can irritate the gums so either take a very small amount, or replace it all together with lemon juice which, although weaker, can be effective when combined with baking soda.

  1. Sugarless Gum

Yeah I know how this one sounds, but chewing gum releases saliva which is a good thing as saliva is neutralizes the acidity found in many sodas, energy drinks and sugary foods. This results in less teeth discoloration and is also a method of prevention.

  1. Apple-Cider Vinegar

A classic home remedy for yellow teeth, many swear that it also removes the more stains stubborn stains like tobacco and coffee. Just take a spoonful and swill around it your mouth, like you would do at a wine tasting. You have to be careful though: the acidic properties of vinegar can also dissolve the enamel so make sure to brush your teeth afterwards! You also have to be very persistent and keep at it to get results.

  1. Laser Teeth Whitening

This is the most expensive method listed here, certainly more so than teeth whitening strips or kits. It involves coating the person’s teeth with a hydrogen peroxide solution and exposing them to a bright light. There are many cases of this procedure not working for those who have naturally stained teeth, or those whose teeth are stained due to drugs so better talk to your dental clinic first! 

  1. Home Teeth Whitening Kits

These are the most popular option, and will set you back more than the natural remedies (obviously) but much less than laser teeth whitening. These kits combine teeth whitening strips and gels to whiten your teeth and are for the most part, very effective and last for a relatively long time. 

Nick Seth
Nick Seth