We all dream of having perfect-looking teeth. You can see it on the red carpet and all over magazine covers. However, not all of us can afford to go to the dentist to have our teeth professionally whitened. Save your hard-earned cash because we’ve collected ten effective ways to naturally whiten your teeth without destroying your enamel or your bank account.
Before we get into the home remedies, you should know that all of these methods must not be used at the same time. Pick one and stick to it. Plus if you have problems with your teeth, at-home whitening may not be for you. You can always check with your dentist beforehand to make sure. Taking proper care of your teeth every day is crucial for these remedies to work. Be sure to check what common mistakes you might be making in your daily oral care routine. It’s eye-opening and useful. Let’s dive into these DIY remedies for natural teeth whitening in the comfort of your own home.
1. Activated charcoal
Activated charcoal has recently been gaining fame as an amazing home remedy for teeth whitening and it’s no surprise since it’s one of the easiest and most inexpensive products to naturally whiten your teeth. As
an antioxidant, it truly works wonders by removing all the toxins and surface stains left by tea coffee, and food consumption.
Brushing your teeth with activated charcoal has been proven to lighten them by up to three shades. If you want to try it, here’s what you should do: crush up one charcoal tablet into a powder, dip your clean wet toothbrush into it and brush your teeth as you normally do.
Don’t freak out when your teeth and mouth instantly become covered in the black stuff. It rinses away to reveal brighter whiter teeth.
2. Powdered milk and toothpaste
Dairy products especially milk significantly improve the health of your teeth because milk contains both calcium and phosphorus, which promote the remineralization of tooth enamel. You can either put more dairy products in your diet or simply use powder milk to brush your teeth. Combine it with your toothpaste for an even better effect. Just put some toothpaste on your toothbrush, add a bit of powdered milk on top and brush your teeth. Do this one to two times a week to get your teeth pearly white and strong.
3. Baking soda and lemon juice
Baking soda does a great job at removing surface stains from your teeth and makes them way wider as a result. Lemon contains vitamin C, which is known for lightening teeth, not to mention lemons have antibacterial properties that kill the microorganisms living in your mouth.
The right way to combine these two ingredients would be to put a pinch of baking soda on your toothbrush. And then add a few drops of lemon juice over it to achieve a set of bright shiny teeth. Don’t use this whitening method more than once a week. That’s enough to get the desired effect and keep your enamel healthy at the same time.
You can also mix one teaspoon of baking soda with two teaspoons of water and brush your teeth with the paste. This combination provides a more gentle cleansing. You can repeat this procedure a little more frequently twice a week.
4. Hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is a bleaching agent. It’s a must-have for teeth whitening. However, before using hydrogen peroxide make sure that your teeth aren’t too sensitive.
Dip a cotton swab into the peroxide and gently rub it on your teeth. Be careful though because this whitening technique isn’t recommended for frequent use as it can harm your enamel. Doing it once or twice a week would be enough.
If you don’t want to risk damaging your teeth you can always find a toothpaste with hydrogen peroxide in it. This way you don’t have to worry about your teeth sensitivity because the hydrogen peroxide is balanced out with other ingredients.
Hydrogen peroxide can also be used as a mouthwash before brushing your teeth. Make sure that you’re using either a 1.5% or 3% solution. Other possible options are hydrogen peroxide gel or even teeth whitening strips. Get your hands on some hydrogen peroxide in any of its forms.
5. Baking powder and lemon juice
Baking-powder eliminates stains on the surface of your teeth and lemon juice has multiple components that lightening teeth. Mix a teaspoon of baking powder and a teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice and brush your teeth with the paste. This mixture will work wonders in just two minutes. But remember the golden rule: do not leave it on your teeth for more than two minutes because it will damage your enamel.
6. Sea, salt lemon juice and toothpaste
Another great component of a homemade teeth whitening remedy is sea salt. It has loads of important minerals and elements such as calcium magnesium and iron among others. Sea salt has antibacterial properties as well, which freshen your breath and protect your enamel. If you want to see these amazing effects for yourself, mix half a teaspoon of sea salt and some freshly squeezed lemon juice with a small amount of toothpaste in a bowl. Apply the mixture to your teeth and leave it on for a minute before rinsing your mouth thoroughly. Just like with most of the procedures on this list, repeat one to two times a week.
7. Lemon juice and water
The mixture of equal parts lemon juice and water will help restore whiteness to your teeth and completely disinfect your oral cavity. Mix one teaspoon of water with one teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Brush your teeth thoroughly with the combined liquids, and then rinse it out. After that brush your teeth again this time with your regular toothpaste. Do this once a week.
Another possible method is to apply the water lemon mixture directly onto your teeth and leave it there for about ten minutes. After the time is up, rinse your mouth out with water. You can do this twice a week for better results.
8. Apple cider vinegar and water
Apple cider vinegar is a highly powerful cleansing and disinfecting agent. It removes stains and kills all the bacteria in your mouth.
Dilute half a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and use this homemade mouthwash every morning before brushing your teeth. Don’t worry about the water balances out the acidity of the vinegar. It’s totally fine to use this mixture daily.
Another equally effective method is to rub apple cider vinegar directly onto your teeth. Leave it for about five minutes and then rinse your mouth with water. However, you can do this more concentrated version only once a week because the vinegar can break down the tooth enamel.
Everybody knows that strawberries are super delicious and healthy. But did you know that they’re great for lightening your teeth as well? That’s because they’re acidic, which is great for teeth whitening.
The easiest way to make use of it is to take a ripe strawberry and mash it up with a spoon. Brush your teeth with this paste for a few minutes to get rid of yellow stains you can do this once a month.
Do you have any DIY teeth whitening tips of your own? Let us know in the comments section below.