Assessing methods for whitening your own teeth

Melissa Dawn By Melissa Dawn, 1st Jul 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The home tooth whitening industry is a multi million dollar industry. Assessing the various methods of whitening your teeth at home can see overwhelming. Here's how to make an informed choice.


No-one wants to have stained yellow teeth and millions of people now turn to home whitening products to get the smile they want. With so many different over the counter whitening kits, it can be difficult to assess which one to choose. Many products are not expensive; ranging from only $7 to $25 dollars. Getting white teeth has never been easier; here's how to assess the various methods and products for getting great white teeth!

Baking Soda

Bicarbonate Soda is one of the cheapest products available for whitening your teeth. A box of baking soda costs about $2, and when you mix three tablespoons of soda to one teaspoon of table salt you have made your own whitening toothpaste. Store this home made toothpaste in an air tight container, and always apply it dry to your toothbrush or you risk getting clumps in your container. Brushing twice daily will give you whitening results in about two weeks or less!

Electric toothbrush

There are hundreds of manual toothbrushes available and dozens of brands; but no clean they give you will compare to what an electric toothbrush will do. To choose an electric toothbrush, pick one with a movable vibrating head. The bristles should be longer on the outsides than in the middle to get around back teeth and deep clean around the gum area. An electric toothbrush need not be expensive; many can be purchased for under $10 and often come in a kit that includes the AA batteries and a replacement head.

Whitening toothpaste

If using baking soda is too distasteful for you invest in a whitening toothpaste. A little pricier than regular toothpaste, a tube of whitening toothpaste typically costs from $3 to $5, and you can buy them specifically designed for sensitive teeth and tartar build up from smoking. Using this toothpaste along with an electric toothbrush will give you whiter teeth in no time!

Whitening pens

Whitening pens have been making a huge dent into the home tooth whitening industry in the last couple of years. These pens typically cost about $15 and look like a tube of mascara. When you unscrew the cap there is a little paint brush where you can paint the whitener on to your teeth. This can prove to be quite time consuming and it is difficult to use a whitening pen around back teeth. They are good for quick stain removals on front teeth as they work fairly instantly. Great to carry with you to a business meeting or interview. They contain peroxide, and you typically can't eat or drink anything for 15 to 30 minutes after an application.

Whitening trays

Whitening trays have been losing popularity due to the rise of whitening strips. These plastic trays need to be filled with a whitening mixture and then inserted into your mouth like retainers. They often cost anywhere from $24.99 (no-name product) to almost $50. You do get several uses from these trays; but the mixture typically has fumes and tastes horrible if it gets on your tongue. Many people find it quite difficult to get the right amount of whitening product into the tray; getting this stuff on your gums is really bad as it can bleach them too!

Whitening strips

Quite possibly one of the most popular and quick fix methods for whitening teeth are the strips. These thin strips can be applied to both upper and lower teeth, and are often so invisible that you can run to the grocery store without anyone knowing you are waring one! The downside to strips are that they are quite expensive; around $40 for 10 strips, and they don't reach all the way round to your back teeth. These are often used to help diminish deep stains that whitening toothpaste and other methods can't fully remove.


Assessing methods for whitening your teeth depends on your age; health of your teeth and your wallet. Never apply any type of whitening product to your gums or fillings, even discolored white ones. No whitening product is a substitute for clean teeth; so remember to brush your teeth thoroughly before using anying whitening pen or whitening kit, and visit your Dentist once a year for a professional cleaning.


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author avatar Conny
1st Jul 2010 (#)

Very interesting.

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author avatar satan fury
1st Jul 2010 (#)

Great tips. I like Baking Soda or Crest whitening toothpaste. Don't drink too much coffee and if you smoke well that can stain your teeth.

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author avatar vpaulose
2nd Jul 2010 (#)

very imformative

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author avatar scheng1
2nd Jul 2010 (#)

cannot imagine teeth whitening as a multi million dollars industry

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author avatar Athena cassar
20th Jul 2010 (#)

great inputs. I tried using baking soda and my dentist saw the a regular visit to them as well.check out

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