It’s no secret that having white teeth can make you look younger, healthier, and more attractive. But achieving pearly white teeth can be a challenge – especially if you have stains or discoloration. Some people are simply born with teeth that are more yellow or brown, while others may develop stained teeth due to certain foods and drinks, smoking cigarettes, or simply not taking proper care of their oral hygiene. Fortunately, there are some tips and tricks that can help you achieve brighter, whiter teeth in just a few short steps. Here are six of the best:
Use Whitening Toothpaste
Whitening toothpaste is specially formulated to help remove stains and discoloration from your teeth. Most contain abrasive ingredients that work to scrub away surface stains, while others may use contain hydrogen peroxide or agents that release it to penetrate deep stains and break them up. When comparing the difference, toothpaste with hydrogen peroxide showed greater whitening results, although it may take a few weeks or longer to see significant changes. Be sure to look for a toothpaste that has the American Dental Association’s (ADA) “Seal of Acceptance,” which means it has been proven safe and effective at fighting tooth stains. And, before you start using a whitening toothpaste, it will be best to check with your dentist to make sure it’s suitable for your needs and won’t damage your teeth.
Try Whitening Strips
Whitening strips are one of the most popular (and easy) ways to achieve whiter teeth at home. Most use hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide to help bleach your teeth, and you simply need to apply them to your teeth for a certain amount of time each day – typically 30 minutes or less. You should start seeing results within a few days, although it may take up to two weeks for full results. Different strips are available for different needs, so be sure to choose one that’s right for you. For instance, if you have sensitive teeth, look for strips that contain lower levels of bleaching agents.
Rinse with Apple Cider Vinegar
If you’re looking for a more natural way to achieve brighter teeth, try rinsing your mouth with apple cider vinegar (ACV). The acidic nature of ACV helps remove surface stains and discoloration, while also killing bad breath-causing bacteria. Simply mix equal parts of water and apple cider vinegar, swish it around in your mouth for 30 seconds to a minute, then brush your teeth as usual. Be sure to use organic, unfiltered ACV that contains “the mother” (a cloudy substance made up of enzymes and bacteria) for best results. And, since ACV is acidic, it can damage your tooth enamel if used too frequently, so be sure to rinse your mouth with water after using it and wait at least an hour before brushing your teeth.
Brush with Baking Soda
Baking soda is a natural cleanser that can help remove surface stains and discoloration from your teeth. It’s also abrasive, which helps scrub away plaque and other buildup on your teeth. To use, simply wet your toothbrush, dip it in baking soda, then brush your teeth as usual. You can also make a paste by mixing baking soda and water, then apply it to your teeth with your finger or a toothbrush. Be sure to brush gently, as baking soda can be abrasive and damage your tooth enamel if used too vigorously. And, avoid using this method more than once or twice a week, as it can also erode your tooth enamel if used too frequently.
Quit Smoking Cigarettes
In addition to the many other health risks associated with smoking cigarettes, it can also cause your teeth to become stained and discolored. The tar and nicotine in cigarettes stick to your teeth and gums and can cause deep yellow or brown staining. If you’re a smoker, quitting is the best way to protect your oral health – and achieve brighter teeth. If you’re struggling to quit, talk to your doctor about products or methods that can help, such as nicotine gum or patches. However, it’s important to note that some of these products can also cause staining, so be sure to talk to your dentist before using them.
Use Activated Charcoal
Activated charcoal is a natural way to remove surface stains and discoloration from your teeth. The charcoal binds to the stains and helps lift them away from your teeth. To use, wet your toothbrush, dip it in activated charcoal, then brush your teeth as usual. Rinse well to remove all the charcoal from your mouth, then brush your teeth again with water to remove any lingering residue. This method can be used once or twice a week for best results. Be sure to choose activated charcoal that’s specifically meant for oral use – it’s finer and won’t damage your tooth enamel like regular charcoal briquettes. You can find it at most health food stores or online.
If you’re looking for the best way to achieve pearly white teeth, talk to your dentist about professional whitening treatments. In the meantime, try one of the home remedies listed above to help remove surface stains and discoloration. And, be sure to practice good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing and flossing regularly and seeing your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. Doing so will help prevent new stains from forming and keep your teeth looking their best.