Getting whiter teeth is a common desire among people, they make one’s smile much brighter and give a healthier, cleaner appearance than the average yellowish teeth.
There are hundreds of habits we all have that make our smiles darker such as smoking, drinking wine, using too much soy sauce… But in this blog post, you’ll get to know 7 ways to do the exact opposite: whitening your teeth.
- Using whitening strips
This is an ideal solution for those looking for an easy and quick fix before a special occasion because the average treatment lasts seven days and the results can last for months, it is a much cheaper option too, you can get this treatment for $15 to $30 dollars in any convinience store or supermarket.
They are very easy to use, just reading the instructions in the box will give you the entire knowledge on how to use them properly. The most convenient part is that you can study, read a book, or watch a movie while you’re at it because there’s no need to go to a dental office.
- Eat natural whitening food
Oranges, pineapples, and raisins are some delicious fruits that can help you get a whiter smile. The first three help you produce more saliva which acts as a cleaning agent when produced in abundance. Milk, cheese, and yogurt are recommended too because of their high levels of lactic acid which prevents decay.
Strawberries contain malic acid which is a natural whitening agent.You can try rubbing them directly into your teeth or mixing tiny pieces with toothpaste and brushing, some pieces might get stuck between your teeth but this will also be helpful for whitening those inner corners.
- Avoid these foods and drinks
Probably the best way to keep your teeth white is to use a straw when drinking wine, coffee, soda, and tea because they cause the most stains out of all of the liquids one can consume. TIP: Always carry a stainless steel straw with you to avoid using more plastic than necessary.
Also eating soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, tomato sauce, blueberries, and beets can cause some serious stains that will make your teeth appear much more yellow. This applies for popsicles and other sweets with a lot of colorants – if it stains your tongue, it will definitely leave stains on your teeth.
- Flossing regularly
There’s nothing better than a healthy set of teeth, and healthy teeth are more on the whiter side than the yellowish one. The key to getting healthy teeth? Flossing regularly!
There are many types of dental floss that you could use but the ones that come with a handle are best for reaching the most difficult spots. TIP: Flossing can be a hard habit to pick up but to make it more enjoyable try to put a song while you’re at it. This will also help you floss and brush for longer periods of time.
- Brushing with special toothpaste
The are thousands of brands claiming that using their toothpaste will make your teeth whiter, and guess what? Most of them are right! The only difference is how much whiter and in how much time will it take until you begin to see results.
The best brands for getting whiter teeth fast are Rembrandt Intense Stain Whitening, Colgate Optic White, and Sensodyne 24/7 Sensitivity Protection Extra Whitening. There are other, less commercial options that could provide the same results without fewer chemicals…
- Charcoal solutions
There’s nothing better than a charcoal activated toothpaste to get those pearls shining, you may not find them in your average convenience store but the hunt will be worth it as most people who use them claim to see results in a very short period.
As a low budget option, some people claim that rubbing a burned out piece of tortilla on their teeth helps them get the same results.
- Lemon with baking soda
Mix a tablespoon of lemon juice with a tablespoon of baking soda for creating a paste that will whiten your teeth without leaving them too sensitive. The lemon has whitening agents while the baking soda acts as a base to neutralize the acidic side of the lemon juice.
Just brush your teeth with that paste for a minute and wait another minute before rinsing it out for best results. Try to use this solution maximum twice a week as having lemon juice on your teeth too often could damage the surface.
BONUS: Schedule Dental Appointments
This may not be a total “at home” solution but it will definitely play an important role in keeping your smile healthy and white. Schedule a visit to the dentist at least twice each year fora checkout and professional cleaning – this will prevent decay and keep your teeth whiter for a long time.