Teeth whitening is a multi billion dollar industry that is growing rapidly all over the world. Everybody wants to have a perfect smile like famous celebrities, but not many people can afford huge amounts of money for it. Most celebrities choose a complete smile makeover with veneers, which can cost more than $10000 (up to $1500 per tooth).
White and healthy teeth are required by today’s society, they are a synonym for confidence and studies have shown that smile is a first thing people notice on others (Agd.org). Professional treatment at cosmetic dentist’s office can cost up to $2000, but results aren’t permanent. Teeth eventually get back to their natural shade, usually in 2 years at most. Thousand dollars for a perfect smile per year on average is a lot of money. Perfect alternative are affordable kits for home usage that can cost up to $200. Their results can be compared to expensive professional treatments for a lot less money. Their only con is that there is no professional supervision.
But what if we are really on a budget? What are some of the best home teeth whitening remedies that actually work and cost a fraction of a usual price? Here is a list of top 3 methods that are proven to work.
Sodium Bicarbonate can be found in almost every kitchen in the world. It has the ability to remove any kind of stains and that includes stains on teeth. A celebrity actress Julia Roberts said for InStyle magazine that she owes her bright smile to her grandfather’s tip of using baking soda.
Procedure is as simple as it gets: Brush your teeth the same way you always do, just put a little bit of sodium bicarbonate on top of a toothpaste. First results should be seen in just a few days.
Note: It is strongly advised not to exaggerate. Although baking soda is gentle, it can eventually wear out enamel. 1 treatment per week is enough for long term results and safety.
Considering the red color of strawberries, not many people would think they can be used as a teeth whitener. Their natural acids work as a teeth polishers and effectively remove stains from teeth. Check out Nabela Noor’s video about using strawberries for teeth whitening:
Oil pulling is an ancient remedy for oral health and detoxification. It is not a very comfortable method for a brighter smile, but some celebrities (including Gwyneth Paltrow) support it 100%. It is not a very pleasant method, but it is completely natural and almost free of charge.
For this method you only need one tablespoon of pure oil every day and 20 minutes of your time to swish it in your mouth for 20 minutes.
It is claimed oil pulling prevents a bad breath and reduces amount of bacteria.
These remedies really work, but they should be used with caution. Long term usage can bring more harm than good and one thing you should remember is “Don’t exaggerate”. Professional products for home usage and electric toothbrushes are definitely a better choice, but in terms of budget friendliness, our simple home remedies are a good way for start.