Posted: Nov 02, 2013 11:00 AM
Teeth whitening continues to be a popular form of cosmetic dentistry. In our coffee-fueled world, find out how you can fight stains at home. We share whitening methods for every budget.

Whether you have a big event coming up or you're tired of your yellowing teeth, at-home teeth whitening can have a big impact on your smile. Whiter teeth boost your confidence and may encourage you to take better care of your dental hygiene. Learn more about how you can whiten your teeth at home.

More expensive doesn't mean more effective

When you whiten at home, forget super expensive products that use light and other devices to whiten your teeth. Strips and trays work just fine and come in a variety of options that fit your budget and lifestyle.

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Try natural alternatives for whitening teeth

Are you a DIY beauty maven? Look to Pinterest for a variety of whitening solutions, from baking soda concoctions to wiping your teeth with the inside of a banana peel. Before you embark on your own kitchen chemistry, you may want to check in with your dentist to make sure the recipe is safe. Abrasion or too much of a whitening agent can damage your teeth, even if natural sources are of red wine

Cut staining liquids out of your diet

To cut out stains, start at the source. Coffee, tea, red wine and smoking all contribute to staining your teeth. While you're actively whitening, your teeth are actually more vulnerable. Even if you can't cut out these stain offenders in the long term, you should remove them from your diet while you're using your whitening regime and for as long as you can afterwards. Unless you plan to use a whitening kit frequently, best results will come only if you eliminate the sources of staining.

Maintain your smile

Once your teeth are looking whiter, maintain the look and your oral health by taking good care of your teeth. Use a whitening toothpaste with fluoride. For best cleaning results, invest in an electric toothbrush. A whitening mouthwash may help with appearance, and it will definitely help with your general oral hygiene and gum health. Avoid strong mouthwash that contains alcohol, as it can actually irritate your mouth.

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