Discolored Teeth? Try Some Of These Teeth Whitening Methods

If you have discolored or stained teeth, you may feel self-conscious about talking or smiling in public. You may think people are staring at your teeth. You can reverse the process of the coloring of your teeth. Here are some of the ways try to make your teeth brighter and whiter.

Baking Soda

You can use baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) to remove surface stains from your teeth. Simply mix a quarter cup of baking soda with a teaspoon of lemon juice. It should resemble the consistency of toothpaste when mixed. Brush your teeth with this mixture. Lemon juice has a bleaching effect. If you have sensitive teeth or gums, substitute water for the lemon juice. This method should be limited to only once a week and for a one minute brushing session. It cuts through the stains so easily that it can damage the enamel on your teeth if left on the surface too long.


You can mash strawberries into a pulp and apply the result to your teeth using a toothbrush. Leave it on your teeth for a full five minutes. You may have to tip your head back and look a little strange with your mouth open slightly, but it will be worth it. Strawberries contain malic acid, which is great at whitening. This is combined with vitamin C, which is able to remove plaque. 

Banana Peel

You can rub a banana peel on your teeth to whiten. The potassium, magnesium and manganese combination can whiten teeth with regular use. Try this a couple of times a day for best results.

Routine Maintenance

Regular brushing, flossing and dental teeth cleaning visits can keep your teeth from becoming stained. If you keep on top of your daily regimen of brushing twice a day and flossing once a day, you will be practicing good oral hygiene and clearing away plaque and tartar, which helps to stain your teeth. Avoiding nicotine, coffee and tea can help, as well.

Whitening Kits

Over-the-counter whitening kits can be tried to whiten your teeth. They come in a strip form that is adhered to your teeth and then peeled off, in a tray form where whitening cream is placed in a tray which fits over your teeth, or in toothpaste form. If you have sensitive teeth or gums, these should be avoided.

Dental Office Whitening

You can have your teeth whitened professionally in your dentist's office. The process can be done in the office and teeth can become up to ten shades brighter in only an hour. This is a great alternative for those that do not wish to wait for other methods to work. For more information, contact a cosmetic dentist such as Dr. Robert Petrtyl.