Looking in the mirror and realizing your teeth have become stained can be discouraging. Thankfully, there are teeth-whitening solutions that can help—with no need to see a doctor or go to a clinic.
Here are some of the best home teeth-whitening options available.
Teeth whitener trays
Looking for immediate results with a low cost? Whitening gel and trays are your best choices. According to Cleaner Smile, you’ll see results within one hour of use, even for deeply stained teeth.
The most significant benefit of whitening gels is that they’re extremely thorough. Because you apply the gel to a tray that you then put on your teeth, all of the little nooks and crannies of your teeth get whitened, from the tips to the tops.
Results typically last up to one year after just a few treatments, says Cleaner Smile, making home teeth-whitening kits a reliable option for effective, long-lasting whitening. A treatment like this might sound expensive, but there are kits for as low as $45, guaranteed to get you the results you want.
Thanks to their vibrating heads, electric toothbrushes can remove more stains than a standard toothbrush.
Using an electric toothbrush can get your teeth a full shade whiter in just one week and improve gum health in two weeks, says the dental health research site, Electric Teeth. While this option comes at a higher cost compared to regular brushes, high-quality electric toothbrushes can cost over $100, and the cleaning ability advantage is undeniable.
Whitening toothpaste has become increasingly popular over the years, so the question is, do they work?
"Whitening toothpaste can appear to whiten teeth slightly by removing surface stains, such as those caused by drinking coffee or smoking. However, whitening toothpaste can't change the natural color of your teeth or lighten a stain that goes deeper than a tooth's surface," explains the Mayo Clinic.
So, yes, they do work, but only so far. If you're considering using a whitening toothpaste, look for a brand that has a seal of approval from a reputable dental organization such as the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. This seal indicates that the toothpaste is safe and effective at removing surface stains.
Think of whitening strips as the lite version of dental trays. Dental strips are a popular option for those looking for something convenient that works well. Many whitening strips include the same ingredients as the gel used in dental trays, though they are not as thorough.
Looking for a low-cost option that you can concoct at home? Try brushing your teeth a few times a week with baking soda. Baking soda has natural whitening properties, and that is why it's a popular ingredient in commercial toothpaste.
However, keep in mind this is not a remedy that will whiten your teeth overnight.
"Never use baking soda continuously, as it damages the teeth. Use this once or twice a week at first and then continue this occasionally," says Home Remedies for Life.
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