Few things can make you feel as sexy and confident as a dazzling smile! But sometimes our teeth can look a little less than white and sparkling, and we may be tempted to reach for an over-the-counter tooth whitening kit. However, these are often filled with harsh chemicals that can make your teeth feel sensitive and strip away enamel. Thankfully, there are tons of other, natural ways for you to whiten your teeth and brighten your smile, and many can be done at home! Have you tried…

 

Oil pulling?


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Oil pulling is a traditional Indian remedy meant to improve oral hygiene and remove toxins from the body. It’s quite simple! Just choose your favourite oil – traditionally, sunflower or sesame oil is used, but coconut oil is a common choice due to its pleasant taste and smell – and push and pull the oil through your teeth for around 15 – 20 minutes. Studies have shown that daily oil pulling effectively reduces bacteria, plaque and gingivitis in the mouth. Unlike harsher tooth whitening methods, oil pulling (especially using coconut oil) does not expose your teeth to acid or other ingredients that erode enamel, meaning that it is safe to do every day!

 

Baking soda?


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Well-known for its whitening properties (that’s why it’s a common ingredient in toothpaste!) baking soda is a mild abrasive that can scrub away surface stains on teeth. It also helps to create an alkaline environment in your mouth, which prevents bacteria from growing. To use this method, simply mix one teaspoon of baking soda with two teaspoons of water and brush your teeth with the paste at least a few times a week. You won’t see results overnight, but you will notice a difference after a couple of weeks!

 

Apple Cider Vinegar?


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Apple cider vinegar is all the rage these days, as people discover its many health benefits. It can help lower blood sugar, protect you from harmful bacteria and, as a plus, help whiten your teeth! To remove stubborn stains, rub apple cider vinegar directly onto your teeth and rinse with water. However, be careful not to do this too often, as it can break down enamel. For a less intense way to clean, mix one teaspoon apple cider vinegar into a cup of water and use it as a mouthwash.

 

Activated charcoal?


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Activated charcoal may help whiten your teeth by absorbing plaque and microscopic bits that cause tooth staining. To use this method, wet your toothbrush and dip it into powdered activated charcoal. Brush your teeth as you normally would, but pay extra attention to the parts that show the most staining. Take a sip of water, swish it through your mouth and spit – continue doing this until your spit is clear. You can use this method two to three times a week, but be advised that you should avoid this if you have caps, crowns or porcelain veneers.

Sometimes home remedies don’t do the trick and you need to go to the professionals. In this case, check out Smile Center in Central! With its super convenient location in LKF, Smile Center offers high-quality treatments at an affordable price and boasts the latest technology and peroxide-free products that fully comply with American FDA, EU and Swiss safety standards for teeth whitening. The simple, pain-free procedure involves using a gel whitening agent and an LED lamp as a whitening accelerator. Since the gel is peroxide-free, it does not penetrate into the enamel. You can expect your teeth to be anywhere from two to ten shades whiter, but never whiter than your natural shade. Best of all, results can last anywhere from 1 to 3 months, depending on the number of sessions!

Whether you choose a home method or decide to see the specialists at Smile Centre, start your summer with a smile that will lighten up any room!

Few things can make you feel as sexy and confident as a dazzling smile! But sometimes our teeth can look a little less than white and sparkling, and we may be tempted to reach for an over-the-counter tooth whitening kit. However, these are often filled with harsh chemicals that can make your teeth feel sensitive…