Natural teeth whitening is a subject that comes up frequently in my dental office.
Some patients just prefer to avoid the normal whitening processes, and are looking for a "home remedy".
Others are looking for a gradual method to bring about a little more "brightness" to their teeth, without going through the normal teeth whitening procedures.
I have to tell you that none of the home remedies that I have seen on the internet will work. Some of them could even damage your teeth! I'm afraid that it often looks like the advice was written by someone with very little dental knowledge.
BUT THERE IS A WAY to bring about a gradual brightening of your teeth over a period of time.
I can tell you one thing about natural teeth whitening - it is a gradual process, taking some months! Definitely not for those in a rush.
Also, your teeth will not get as white as they could do with conventional teeth whitening.
However, if you have had some conventional teeth whitening done already, then this is an excellent way of maintaining the results you got, or even getting a little more brightness!
Natural teeth whitening has two parts - first the stain removal, and then gradual whitening.
You can slowly shift small residual staining with a high-quality toothbrush (providing you brush for long enough!). I recommend the Cybersonic - read a review of this toothbrush.
BlanX Intensive Extra whitening toothpaste has an extract from Arctic Lichen that has been shown to produce a whitening effect on tooth enamel. It also has a low abrasive index; this means it will not damage your teeth.
AND it contains fluoride, so it helps to strengthen your tooth enamel against decay.
There are several products in the BlanX range of toothpastes, but I think the only one you need is the BlanX Intensive Extra Whitening toothpaste. There is a "White Shock" version, but to be quite honest, it's just a variation on the Intensive Extra toothpaste. If you see a dental hygienist for a proper scale and polish, then the whitening effect of the BlanX Non-Abrasive toothpaste will work best!
There are two important factors here if natural whitening is to work for you:
also allows enough time for the brush and toothpaste to remove any
surface stain that may start to re-form.
Over the course of 3 to 6 months, you will notice a gradual lightening in the color of your teeth. You should keep up the process, and your teeth will SLOWLY continue to lighten. But don't expect to get movie-star white teeth, even after 12 months. It's important to appreciate that this is a slow, gradual, subtle process.
As I've said, the only toothpaste that I have seen "natural teeth whitening" work with is called
As a bonus, BlanX is also the only toothpaste to have been approved by the World Health Organization! (at the time of writing). It is an excellent all-round toothpaste, even if you are not too bothered about whitening your teeth.
Natural teeth whitening definitely works, but you need patience and persistence. Be prepared for weeks and even months to pass before you start to notice much change!
If you're looking for a new toothbrush, I strongly recommend the Cybersonic. Read my review of this brush here.