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.
Use a turmeric mixture
Burhenne is also a fan of turmeric for natural teeth whitening. He recommends mixing turmeric with coconut oil and swishing the mixture in your mouth for a few minutes each day or several times a week. “Both coconut oil and turmeric are great for managing a healthy oral microbiome,” he says. “This is important because having a biome in the mouth that keeps plaque and biofilm at bay is key to removing and preventing stains.” Oil pulling could potentially help with teeth whitening, but it’s not the miracle technique some people think it is. Some studies on the traditional folk remedy show that oil pulling reduces mouth bacteria and plaque, but more research is necessary to definitely say it brightens teeth. And, here’s what nutritionists need you to know about coconut oil.