Having a dazzling Hollywood white smile has always been an obsession with mine, probably from the age of thirteen when I really started to pay attention to my personal appearance. To me, having perfect white teeth was a symbol of being in great health, successful and attractive. In this post I’m going to go through some of the methods out there that I’ve tried to varying results. People regularly comment on my teeth and how white they are, which is one of the biggest compliments you can give me!
So, if you’re wanting to know how to get whiter teeth at home without having to raid your savings – read on!
METHOD ONE: COCONUT PULLING
Oil pulling is a very old method that uses natural substances and oils to detoxify your gums and teeth. It also has the added effect of whitening your teeth too! The idea is to use one or two teaspoons of coconut oil and swig around in your mouth for 20 minutes as this is long enough to break through plaque and bacteria. The oil will get thicker and milky as it mixed with saliva during this time and it should be creamy-white when spit out.
I haven’t personally tried this method out for myself, but some of my friends have done so and said the results aren’t amazing and the swishing of coconut oil in the mouth for 20 minutes is pretty annoying and uncomfortable!
METHOD TWO: WHITENING STRIPS
Whitening strips are one of the most popular methods for visible results in only a couple of weeks. The market is flooded with an array of brands to choose from. Personally the two best that I have used and seen rapid results are Crest – which have to be imported from America and Mr. Blanc, which is available to buy in Boots.
So, how does it work? The strips are layered with a tooth whitening gel which removes deeply embedded stains beneath the surface of the enamel in a safe and effective way. The strips should be applied to your teeth for 30 minutes to allow the gel to embed and work its magic.
This is what I use on a fortnightly basis to get whiter teeth. I’ve been using the strips for a couple of years and this seems to be one of the most effective at home methods out there. Be careful though if you have sensitive teeth or gums as these can cause irritation and should be removed immediately! Be wary of buying them from dodgy sites too. You’re best to purchase them from places like Boots or other similar stores that are authorised to do so.
METHOD THREE: LASER TREATMENTS
Probably the most expensive method to getting whiter teeth, but the results are instant and incredible. This is the treatment that all celebrities undergo to achieve their sparkling white smiles. The treatment promises to see a difference of up to 8 shades lighter! You need to see your dentist or a specialist for this method. A special whitening gel is placed on your teeth and a laser light is directed over your teeth for fifteen minutes. This is repeated a further two times. The whole procedure takes about an hour from start to finish.
I had this done a couple of years ago at Harley Street thinking to myself “This is it, I’m going to walk out of here with teeth brighter than the sun!”… unfortunately that was not the case. What I didn’t realise was, rooms are available to rent to any doctor/specialist and just because of the address, doesn’t mean the best of the best!
If you’re considering laser whitening, I’d reccomend you research Zoom! as I’ve known a few people have this done and have had some incredible results.
METHOD FOUR: WHITENING MOULDS & TOOTHPASTES
The do-it-yourself at home method is proven to be one of the most affordable and successful methods of achieving that Hollywood smile. Your dentist specialist makes a custom whitening tray to perfectly fit the contours of your teeth. They will provide you with a professional bleach to use at home for a couple of hours a night to produce results in your own time.
It’s pretty hard when it comes to choosing a whitening toothpaste, have you seen how many there are on the shelves? I have used most of them in the hopes of seeing a drastic difference in the whiteness of my teeth.
Just when I thought of giving up hope, I found ‘White-Glo’ toothpastes and have never had such positive and obvious results in only a few weeks of usage! I use the Coffee and Tea drinkers formula, specialised for those who are partial to a cup or two a day. It helps to gently remove stains from the enamel over time. I’ve been using it everyday for the past two years now and I occasionally get asked if I’ve had my teeth bleached! Well worth the £4.00 price tag if you ask me!
METHOD FIVE: LEMON JUICE OR BAKING SODA
These two products should be avoided at all costs when it comes to whitening your teeth! These are old wives tales due to the cleaning properties found in both. The acidity of the lemon juice will erode the enamel on your teeth. So yes, you will probably find your teeth turn whiter for a while but you will cause a lot of serious damage to them too. Baking soda is incredibly aggressive so brushing your teeth with it is literally like taking a metal brush to them. Instead, you can buy special toothpastes with a minimal amount of baking soda in the formula to help loosen the stains!
What methods do you use to whiten your teeth? Have you given any of these a go and what results have you had? Be sure to leave a comment and please follow me on Twitter & Instagram and subscribe to my YouTube channel!