Ten Best Ways to Whiten Your Teeth

Published: May 31, 2014

There are many products that may whiten teeth on the market. Whether you see them on television in advertisements or at a store or somewhere else you possibly wish you could be a magician when it comes to choosing one of them. From toothpaste to special light activated whiteners and from one dental treatment to the next there hopefully is one you can take for yourself. The list that follows explains many of the best available remedies for discolored, yellowed teeth.

  1. Crest White Strips

    Crest White Strips were made famous partly by means of the Crest brand name and partly from television ads and popular programs like American Idol, where they were one of the recurring sponsors of this favorite reality show. 

    Crest White Strips are almost anywhere toothpaste is sold making them within arms reach of most consumers. They are a lot more expensive than whitening toothpaste but a lot more reasonable than tooth whitening done at a dentist's office.

    Crest White Strips come in multiple size choices. For those on a modest budget you can purchase a box of 14 treatments for under $25.

  2. Rembrandt Whitener

    Rembrandt tooth whitening kits take you to a new level of white in one two hour treatment versus the Crest White Strips daily thirty minute for the several days routine.

    Another favorite with many people, Rembrandt trays and whitening pastes will remove stubborn stains and whiten your teeth noticeably. And, for under $25 a kit, the whitener can satisty its user almost immediately.

    Follow up with one of the other Rembrandt products will help your new smile keep its luster for quite some time.


  3. Whitening Mouth Wash

    There are many brands of mouth rinse around that help you get whiter teeth. Listerine Whitening Rinse is one of the best as some can cause extreme sensitivity. If you are a Listerine user to begin with you are familiar with the strength of the product. The whitening rinse produced by Listerine is probably not quite as strong to use as the basic mouth wash although similar. Other brands of whitening mouth washes are much like the Listerine brand whitening rinse. The good news is that you are to use the Listerine after brushing which helps keep it safer.

  4. Tooth Whitening Pens

    A tooth whitening pen could be the place to start. These pens are sleek, sexy and priced right. Around $10 for one pen with about twenty applications you can see for yourself rather easily. If they aren't at a local drug counter, they are available many places online including at Amazon.com, Costco, Carol Wright and Fragrancenet.com. More places to shop for these include mass merchants like Walmart or Nordstrom.

  5. Do-It-Yourself Hydrogen Peroxide Remedies

    Products you buy at a retailer to whiten teeth always or almost always contain peroxide, the kind of peroxide like the hydrogen peroxide you find in the first aid section at a store. Sometimes you mix it with bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) and sometimes you mix it with vinegar to achieve the whitening power.

    Many people feel that peroxide works better than vinegar for lifting stains from their teeth. Three percent hydrogen peroxide is the one to buy. Rinse your mouth the peroxide until it foams. Follow with a rinse of water. Brush your teeth. Repeat every day. Once a week create a toothpaste of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, a dab of salt and a dab of regular toothpaste. Brush this onto your teeth and let soak for a couple of minutes before rinsing.

  6. Homemade Wax Trays

    You can make your own dental trays from orthodontic wax, the kind of wax that protects those who wear braces from abrasions. First pick up some dental wax such as GUM Ortho Wax. Secondly you need a tube of tooth whitening gel like Plus White. 

    You are going to have to shape the wax around your teeth, this is especially good for the top front row of teeth. To do this you you will brush your teeth with your favorite toothpaste and then dry them with a paper towel or dry wash cloth. You then take the wax from its container and knead it into a log that can surround a bridge of your teeth, possibly six teeth per log, more if you can do it. Press and mold this wax log around the teeth. After you have this ready remove it from the teeth and coat the inside of it with the whitening gel. Dry your teeth again with the paper towel or wash cloth and put the prepared wax strip back over the corresponding teeth. Leave on thirty minutes to two hours, as long as you can is good. Rinse the gel off with water to finish.

  7. Plasma Light

    Does this really work? Evidentally, yes it does. Pricewise, these can run up to $50 and even more. But, happily, after you have purchased the light you only have to replace the tube of whitening gel to reuse your system. An example of how to use this is that you coat your teeth with the whitener and then attach the mouthpiece to your teeth. Turn on the light and wait a few minutes, such as eight minutes. Each day that you do this you can repeat the process up to four times.

  8. Whitening Toothpastes

    There are many brands of whitening toothpaste on the shelves of your local stores. Almost all toothpaste companies have a whitening toothpaste or gel and many are even economically priced. If you want white teeth you will probably want to reach for a whitening toothpaste most of the time when you brush. 

    Toothpaste for coffee drinkers or toothpaste for smokers is much like the toothpaste made for whitening. Brands include White Glo and Topal.

  9. Smile Enhancing Lipstick

    You could work it another way. Instead of making your teeth physically whiter, you could create a contrast with your lip make-up. Lipsticks, lip glosses, stains and balms all come in shade that create a whiter smile. The trick is to know which colors and what brands are designed for the job. Lancome Absolute Rouge or Megalast Don't Blink Pink by Wet and Wild are two of these. Look for brands that mention whitening effects.

  10. Professional Whitening Services.

    Your own dentist will usually whiten your teeth for a fee. This is probably not covered by your dental insurance plan, although. Procedures of the cosmetic nature are usually your responsibility. In the event your own dentist does not do this, he or she most likely do know several dentists who do.

    This service costs about $600 for your whole mouth but it is the fastest way to get the most whitening around.

One of the most economical ways to whiten is by using an after brushing whitening mouth rinse. They cost between $4 and $8 for a bathroom size bottle. You use these once or twice a day. You should avoid burning your mouth. If you do burn you should choose another type of whitening.

Probably the safest way to whiten your teeth is with lights combined with a whitening product, less whitening product is used overall to obtain the same results.

Whitening strips are convenient, no spilling, very little chance of breakage and premeasured so you don't have to be an expert to get professional like results. You may want to execute some safety precautions pertaining to the acid alkaline balance in your mouth after use. You will want to re-alkalize your mouth. You can do this with an alkalizing mouthwash.