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How To Whiten Your Teeth At Home So You Don't Have To Go To The Dentist

June 16, 2016 by Justine Schwartz
shefinds | beauty

How to whiten your teeth at home

I am one of those weird people that actually likes to go to the dentist, but I understand that this is totally weird and that most of you *hate* going–like, with a passion. I agree it is super uncomfortable and awkward to have your teeth scratched and your gums sucked and of course the lingering taste of fluoride and the feeling of sore gums that comes after. Wait–why do I like it, again? It’s because of how clean my mouth feels after, and most importantly, how friggin’ white my teeth look for a couple of weeks. So–how can you whiten your teeth and get the benefits of going to the dentist without actually having to make an appointment and sit in a waiting room and open wiiiiide for the doc? Here’s how (aka, my in depth look into at-home teeth whitening tactics):

There are *hundreds* if not thousands of teeth whitening hacks on Pinterest. I just looked at about 50 or so of the most popular ones, and it looks like baking soda is in pretty much all of them. So, definitely buy yourself some baking soda and start there.

Some recipes call for adding lemon juice, others call for adding hydrogen peroxide and water. Whichever technique you prefer/ingredients you have on hand, the next step is to mix them together and apply them to the teeth (one site called for applying them with a Q-tip, but I tried this and it’s really hard to use a Q-tip–just use a toothbrush, the bristles hold the ingredients better). Brush your teeth for 2-3 minutes and then rinse. I did not see like whoa-total-makeover results right away–you’ll have to do it a couple of times. But I would say it did make my teeth feel less yellow after a couple of tries.

Another, more expensive but very effective, route to go is Crest Whitestrips. I have used them for years and they are insanely good. Even my dentist remarks how white my teeth look and asks me what I’ve been doing to get them that way (lol). When I tell her the Whitestrips she can never believe it (sorry if Crest is putting her out of business!). Anyways they are very effective if you follow the entire or even some of the regime (sometimes I’ll do only three or four days of them to get the results I want). They make your teeth a little sensitive, but if you’re not a wuss they are definitely the way to go.

And then of course you have those whitening kits that every celebrity and their mother plugs on Instagram:

I have not tried them, but they seem to be pretty popular. I would try ordering one and contact the company if you don’t get the results you want. If you are a really unhappy customer, it’s possible they’ll let you return or swap out the product.

So–which at-home whitening technique will you try?

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Justine Schwartz is a veteran women's lifestyle editor; she's written extensively about style & beauty tips, health advice and wedding planning for more than a decade. Her work has appeared in New York Magazine, Huffington Post and New York Weddings. Justine has been with SheFinds since 2010; you can reach her via email at [email protected]

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