Does it ever seem like your teeth can’t ever be white enough? 

Did you know? Americans reportedly spend $1.4 billion annually on non-prescription teeth whitening products to bleach away the stains on their teeth. There are some things you can try at home for a whiter smile.

Below you will find 4 cost-effective ways to whiten and save:

1. Whitening Toothpaste

Whitening toothpaste can whiten teeth slightly by removing surface stains, such as those caused by drinking coffee or smoking. Whitening toothpaste can also be used after a bleaching treatment to help maintain results. Keep in mind that whitening toothpaste can’t change the natural color of your teeth or lighten a stain that goes deeper than a tooth’s surface. If you’re considering using whitening toothpaste, look for a brand that has a seal of approval from the American Dental Association.

2. Whitening Strips

Whitening strips brighten and whiten smiles for most folks  and at a  low cost. Millions of people are pressing strips on their teeth. Many dentists offer professional teeth whitening services, it’s cheaper to whiten at home, and as a result, DIY teeth whitening kits continue to gain popularity. The most widely used home remedy for fixing stained or discolored teeth are whitening strips. You can get these strips without a prescription from a dentist, or from your local pharmacy, and can easily apply them at home to restore your teeth to their original color and shine

3. Peroxide and Baking Soda

Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda are great household products, which most of us already have at home, that can be used effectively to whiten teeth. Mix a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide with a teaspoon of baking soda it will create a toothpaste like consistency. Brush your teeth for two minutes and then rinse with water. Hydrogen peroxide also makes an effective antibacterial mouthwash. Dilute hydrogen peroxide with an equal amount of water.

4. Avoid Habits That Stain Teeth

Tobacco, red wine and berries are just some examples of foods that stain teeth. A rule of thumb is if it turns your tongue colors, chances are it is staining your teeth.  By using a straw, rinsing your mouth out or promptly brushing your teeth helps you minimize your chances of stained teeth.

Self whitening  can cost you as little as $4 for a tube of toothpaste to as much as $50 for whitening strips. There is also the convenience of doing it as needed at home. Whitening will vary from person to person, for best results consult your dentist on which method would be most successful for you.

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