Boost your toothpaste with baking soda
If you want to take your normal toothpaste to the next level, try adding a little baking soda to your paste for a natural teeth whitener, says Elliot Zharnitsky, DDS, an orthodontist at Diamond Braces in New York, NY. Research shows that toothpaste with baking soda not only works for stain removal but also removes plaque from teeth more effectively than non-baking soda toothpaste. Here are more toothpastes dentists use for natural teeth whitening.
Opt for whitening trays
If you can afford to get custom teeth whitening trays, it could be worth it. Although this isn’t a natural teeth whitener, it is effective and done by a professional. The doctor takes molds of your teeth, creates trays, and then provides a whitening gel often made with peroxide. People can then brighten their smile in the comfort of their own home, Zharnitsky says. Before you head to your dentist for a tray, make sure you note these 9 things dentists wish you knew about teeth whitening.
Whitening strips are another possible option
While not the most natural teeth whitening method, whitening strips are a quick drugstore purchase for people who want to brighten their teeth. These can be effective and easy to use, but Burhenne notes that there are a few more risks involved, including gum irritation and teeth sensitivity with overuse. Make sure you’re not immediately brushing before or after using strips, or any other teeth whitening products, and cut them so they don’t touch your gums.