Everyone wants to have a whiter, brighter smile to feel more attractive, boost self-confidence, or to perhaps impress that special someone. Some people may struggle with stains left behind by certain foods and beverages. There are several natural approaches that can be done at home to achieve the goal of whiter teeth.
Baking Soda and Peroxide
One of the easiest ways to whiten teeth is by using hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Using one teaspoon of each mixed with a little water once each week will make teeth sparkle. This formula should be used only once per month after getting the desired results. Using the peroxide in combination with regular toothpaste will produce a similar effect.
A lesser-known whitening method is using a banana peel. The inside of a banana skin contains the minerals magnesium, potassium and manganese that are beneficial for teeth. Rubbing the skin on teeth for two minutes twice per day is all it takes for a more beautiful smile. Similar results have been reported with orange peel.
Strawberry and Baking Soda
Strawberries contain strong acids that can work like a polish on teeth. When mashed up and used in combination with baking soda, it can have a profound whitening effect. Since this formula is so strong, it should be used only every 30 days.
Many people do not know that olive oil works as a teeth whitener and a natural antiseptic for the mouth. It is also gentle enough to be used every day. The oil should be applied to teeth with a cotton swab or a soft cloth for three minutes before brushing with a regular toothpaste. Results should be apparent within a few days.
At the Dentist
If at-home methods of whitening do not work, going to your local dentist or Simi Valley Family Dentistry. The process will go faster and the results may last longer than natural approaches. Most dentists will have whitening agents that they can use on your teeth. They also may have in-house remedies that you can purchase and take home with you. In most cases, the dentist will use a bleaching solution along with custom-fitted trays that go over over the teeth. Some dentists prefer to complete the whitening process in one visit by using the bleaching agent along with a light source.
Using these remedies should brighten teeth in a matter of weeks. It should be noted that not all of these methods are meant for everyone. Some people may be allergic to some of these remedies, especially to the ones that involve food. Also note, that using any whitening method can cause gum irritation, and those with sensitive teeth should consider whether whitening is the right choice for them.