Since Miss Busy Bee is getting ready to get her MRS, teeth whitening is very much on my agenda. Can't wear a white dress with yellow teeth after all.
However I don't really want to pay for a professional whitening or white strips that don't really work. So I set out to test some at home methods and it turns out the simple ones are the better way to go.
Some things to keep in mind:
1) This is a recipe/method which will remove surface stains, not severe discolorations. This is good to get a few months of tea/coffee/wine/cola drinking to vanish. But wont improve deeper damage.
2) Do not try this if you have overly sensitive or damaged teeth or any current tooth pain. The baking soda will act as an abrasive agent, literally scrubbing the stained layer off your teeth.
3) Miss Busy Bee also suggests not trying this one if you have any open mouth sores, as the combination of strong mouth wash and hydrogen peroxide could be most unpleasant.
4) I swear I tried this and got a nice subtle but noticeable result, your results may vary.
5) Also don't do this any more than twice a year or you will risk permanent damage to your enamel layer.
At home Tooth Whitening
1/2 Ounce Mouthwash
1/2 Ounce Hydrogen peroxide
Pea-sized Tooth paste blob
1 Teaspoon Baking soda
1/2 Teaspoon Water
In a shot glass combine the 1/2 ounce of hydrogen peroxide and mouthwash.
In a small container combine the baking soda, toothpaste and water until an even paste forms.
Get another glass of water ready on stand by.
Gargle the hydrogen peroxide and mouthwash mix for about 1 minute. Do not swallow. Spit it out down the sink.
Dip tooth brush in the baking soda, toothpaste and water mix, brush teeth without adding water for about 3 minutes. Re-dipping the toothbrush in the mixture every so often.
Rinse off toothbrush and brush once more with rinsed tooth brush.
Swish the water we had waiting on the side in several goes until mouth feels clean and fresh.
You will now have cleaner teeth, I suggest waiting an hour, then brushing with a protective toothpaste if you have one before eating anything strongly dyed or colored.
Enjoy your new fresh smile!
Something sweet instead: