Tuesday, August 4, 2015

One Easy and Cheap Way to Achieve Whiter Teeth

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Ever since I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with achieving movie-star white teeth. I love a man with perfection in his mouth. There is nothing more attractive than someone with a nice smile and bright pearly whites. It catches me off guard when a guy with beautiful, bright, white teeth smiles at me (insert heart-eyes emoji). Unfortunately, I also notice yellow teeth. There are a lot of adults walking around with stained teeth from what they eat, drink, smoke, and not brushing their teeth twice a day.

If you’ve been longing for movie-star white teeth, like myself, the best and most expensive way to achieve your goal is by scheduling to have your teeth bleached professionally at your local dental office. Teeth can instantly become up to 10 shades whiter after one visit. This may require follow up sessions every 6 months to keep your teeth extremely white or the dentist will send you home with a teeth whitening kit for maintenance after your session. These appointments usually start around $500 or higher a visit.

If you cannot afford (or refuse) to spend hundreds of dollars getting your teeth whitened professionally, there is a cheap an easy way to achieve whiter teeth over time and it cost only $1.
Yes, just one dollar! You can see a difference in your teeth in one week. What is this magical product I’m talking about? Hydrogen peroxide! 

Hydrogen peroxide is a first aid antiseptic and if you look closely at the small print on most bottles of hydrogen peroxide, it is also a oral debriding agent. Most bottles contain 3% hydrogen peroxide and is safe to use in your mouth. I purchased a 32 fl oz. bottle from my local Dollar Tree for just a $1. Fortunately, my teeth are whiter than most people I know but could be better. I've decided to use the hydrogen peroxide method to whiten my teeth and will take before and after photos to provide an update after a month. Below are step-by-step directions I will follow, just in case you would like to do it with me :-)
Picture of my old bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide for $1


  1. Mix equal parts of water and hydrogen peroxide together
  2. Swish around in your mouth for at least 1 minute (10 minutes is recommended for teeth whitening)
  3. Spit out and rinse your mouth with water
  4. Continue with your normal routine for your teeth (brushing, flossing, and mouthwash)

I will complete this process in the morning and at night. Some people choose to use the peroxide rinse after they brush their teeth because it can be used as a mouthwash. If you choose to use it after you brush your teeth, be sure to throughly rinse your mouth out with water after. According to the bottle I purchased, hydrogen peroxide can be used up to 4 times after meals and before bed time. 

Remember, two swishes of hydrogen peroxide a day keeps the yellow stains away! Be consistent with this process and you will begin to see a difference after a week. If you continue to use the hydrogen peroxide non-stop, you will eventually achieve the pearly whites you’ve dreamed of. 


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