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Whiten Up: 6 Moves for Your Prettiest Smile Ever

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How to bleach your teeth with at-home whitening kits or at a dentist's office.

How to Whiten Your Teeth on Your Own

Over-the-counter products are best for those who don't want to spend megabucks and don't need the instant gratification of a professional treatment. Follow these steps to get the best results.

  1. Start with super-clean teeth. Toss your manual brush for a motorized version (try the Oral-B Vitality, $19.99, drugstores). "You can't possibly move as fast as a battery-charged motor," explains Richard Rosen, DDS, a cosmetic dentist at Madison Dental Partners in New York City.
  2. Pick your method. Toothpastes and mouthwashes will contain the least amount of peroxide (approximately 0.5 to 1 percent) but can help brighten your smile by as much as one shade with consistent daily use. At-home trays and strips usually have more whitening power (from 3 to 8 percent peroxide) and are designed to have longer contact with your teeth for even better results (up to three shades lighter).
  3. Read the ingredients list -- and follow the directions. Look for bleaching agents like hydrogen peroxide and carbomide peroxide, which penetrate the enamel to temporarily oxidize the natural color of your teeth, explains Dr. Rosen. Remember, whitening isn't permanent, so your teeth will eventually either return to their original color or go darker than your desired shade.

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mtlovezu143 wrote:

Thank you for the advice! Always be careful on doing things on your own though, I actually ended up damaging my enamel by using peroxide and mixing it with baking soda which was suggested as a homemade remedy. I have tried it all! Luckily I got introduced to this product called Power Swabs. I highly recommend this product to all. And no I do not work for Power Swabs lol! Just giving a good review on a product that did great for me! :-)

4/14/2014 04:49:57 PM Report Abuse
nancyshevell1729 wrote:

Without any doctor's consultation, you can get pearly white teeth. Several at home treatment options to get white teeth are rubbing banana peels on your teeth for two minutes, apply mashed strawberries on your teeth, lemon juice, carrots that remove plaque from your teeth, and baking soda, which is the safest and strongest teeth whitener. If you don't get those pearly whites even after trying these natural techniques, then you should consult your family dentist.

12/7/2013 04:35:34 AM Report Abuse

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