Contrary to popular belief, whitening your teeth does not have to be expensive. The most effective treatment, laser teeth whitening, is indeed very expensive. This procedure can you up to $ 1,000! Less expensive teeth whitening products include whitening toothpaste, whitening gel trays, whitening mouthwash, and whitening strips. All of these have various degrees of effectiveness; the whitening mouthwash is the least effective, and the whitening strips and whitening gel trays are the most effective, each in their own way. Although these products are less expensive than laser teeth whitening, they are still going to set you back more money than you probably want to spend. So, how can you whiten your teeth without spending a fortune? Make your own teeth whitener!
Making your own
A homemade teeth whitener is very easy to make and incredibly effective when used correctly. You only need two ingredients: baking soda and hydrogen peroxide (these two can be bought for very little money at your local grocery store or pharmacy). Put a pinch of baking soda in a bowl and mix it with a few drops of hydrogen peroxide, and you have your homemade teeth whitener ready to use.
How to use your homemade teeth whitener
Dab your toothbrush into the homemade teeth whitener and begin brushing the front of your top and bottom teeth (only the teeth in the front of the mouth which need to be whitened). This procedure works best when the teeth are very dry. To dry, use a paper towel or cotton ball on the lips, gums, and teeth where the paste will be applied. Brush for two full minutes (time yourself, if you need to), spending one minute on the top teeth and one minute on the bottom, then rinse thoroughly with warm water.
You must continue to use fluoride toothpaste
Remember, this is a teeth whitener only! It does not contain the cleaning chemical, fluoride, which dentists recommend as the number one chemical to clean the teeth with. In order to maintain good dental hygiene, you must continue to brush, floss, and see your dentist as normal. Use the homemade teeth whitener before you brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste.
Combining with other teeth whitening products
The homemade teeth whitener can be combined with other teeth whitening products for a better whitening effect, but users should be cautious. Too much hydrogen peroxide exposure can cause tooth and gum sensitivity. Listen to your mouth well, and try to avoid getting too much hydrogen peroxide on the gums.