How to Lighten Your Teeth at Home

Everyone wants a bright, white smile, but it can be expensive to have a dentist lighten your teeth. If you do not want to have your teeth professionally whitened, you can do it at home for far less expense. Choose from a wide variety of products to attain a dazzling smile for a relatively low cost.

Things You'll Need

  • Whitening strips or tray
  • Whitening toothpaste
  • Whitening mouthwash
  • Whitening pen


    • 1

      Use whitening strips or trays to brighten your teeth. Look for products that contain peroxide, as these are the most effective. Most strips and trays require use for one to two weeks at a time to be most effective. The amount of time you need to use them each day varies according to the brand and product, but it is typically once or twice per day, for anywhere between five minutes to half an hour. Using whitening strips or trays can lighten your teeth by five or more shades.

    • 2

      Replace your regular toothpaste with one of the whitening variety, which can lighten your teeth up to two shades. Certain toothpastes also can protect your teeth from new stains. Look for products containing blue covarine, as this can work to make your teeth whiter immediately. For best results, use a whitening toothpaste for two to four weeks.

    • 3

      Rinse your mouth out with mouthwash specially formulated to lighten your teeth. Whitening mouthwash will not remove old stains, but it can help to avoid new ones.

    • 4

      Use a whitening pen if you only need to lighten up specific teeth or certain spots on them. The peroxide in the pen allows you to target a specific discoloration on your tooth or a couple of teeth darker than the others. This approach works if your goal is to get all of your teeth the same shade of white.

Tips & Warnings

  • Choose a brand of whitening toothpaste that has the American Dental Association seal of approval on it.
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