7 DIY home teeth whitening methods you can try for a whiter smile
Are you one of those people who prefer to pamper yourself at home rather than in a salon or clinic?
If you are, it’s time to get out your hair treatments and the foot spa, as we have compiled a list of whitening treatments you can perform in your own home. While the time it takes to see results, and the results themselves may vary, if you have the dedication (and patience) they are worth a try. Bear in mind though, if you have suffered tooth discolouration as a result of trauma or dental decay, teeth whitening treatments will not be able to reverse these effects. See our last post “how do I avoid stained teeth” and discover the difference between extrinsic and intrinsic tooth discolouration.
Method 1 – Hydrogen Peroxide mixed with Baking Soda Paste
Use caution when using hydrogen peroxide, we highly suggest visiting the chemist and asking for their lowest percentage. Mix the hydrogen peroxide with baking soda to create a paste, and brush as per usual (using the paste instead of traditional tooth paste). You will only need a drop or three for this process. Rinse thoroughly and avoid swallowing any of the mixture.
Use caution, these ingredients are abrasive and should be used sparingly – for three to five days, then repeat after a 6 month break to avoid damage to the enamel.
Method 2– Strawberry paste
Malic acid is great for dissolving stains that occur as a result of coffee, red wine and tea. Malic acid is also naturally found in strawberries, so if you were looking for more reasons to love strawberries you just found one.
To create a stain fighting paste, mash up a strawberry or two and add a teaspoon of baking soda to the mix, then brush the paste onto the teeth in the same method you would toothpaste. Allow the mix to sit on the teeth for about 5 to 7 minutes before rinsing. Use dental floss to dislodge any seeds that may have been caught in the teeth. Do not use this paste excessively, as it is also abrasive.
Method 3 – Banana Rub
Banana peels are rich in potassium, magnesium, manganese and other minerals which all combine to help whiten teeth. After brushing and flossing your teeth, you may find rubbing the inside of a banana peel will gradually whiten your teeth. You can repeat this process twice a day (or more if you wish).
Method 4 – Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
Apple cider vinegar is thought to help toothpaste up the ante when it comes to stain fighting power. Dilute apple cider vinegar to three parts water, and rinse after brushing.
Method 5 – Coconut oil paste
Due to celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow and Miranda Kerr, oil pulling has become a mass trend. Coconut oil contains enzymes which help trap the particles discolouring your teeth when you “pull” the oil through your teeth.
If swishing oil through your teeth isn’t for you, you can create a paste to brush with instead by following these easy steps: gently heat a cup of oil until it liquefies, then add two teaspoons of baking soda and a few drops of natural spearmint essential oil to the mix.
Method 6 – Charcoal paste
Activated charcoal is a little powerhouse that’s taking a wide range of markets by storm. Not only is activated charcoal great for detoxing, the porous nature of charcoal also makes it highly efficient in binding the bacteria in your mouth before it gets a chance to stain teeth.
To apply: mix activated charcoal with a small amount of water, and then gently apply to the surface of the teeth. Allow to sit for two to five minutes, and then rinse with water (a child’s toothbrush is great for this).
Method 7 – Take home professional whitening kits
Not all take home whitening kits are created equal. Fussing around with generic size trays can be time consuming, uncomfortable, and ineffective as the treatment oozes out around your gums (causing gum irritation/sensitivity).
At Mullumbimby Dental Centre we are offering take home teeth whitening treatments, including custom trays, for $260. These kits contain enough treatment to last 5 or even 6 applications, broken down that makes a kit only $52 per treatment (or $43.35 if it lasts 6 treatments). Depending on severity of staining, results may take up to 3 weeks to be noticed.
Alternatively, we also offer a one hour $500 in-chair whitening treatment, which includes a take home kit and immediate results.
Home teeth whitening – Mullumbimby, NSW
If you want whiter teeth now, and don’t have the time or patience to mess around with at home DIY treatments, contact us at Mullumbimby Dental Centre on (02) 6684 2644 or contact us online to request an appointment. Our friendly staff members are happy to answer any questions you may have prior to booking.