How can I whiten my teeth?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by TSE, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. TSE macrumors 68030

    Jun 25, 2007
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    Hey guys, I am 15, and I brush my teeth every day at night, but they are still extremely yellow for some reason. I use the expensive toothpaste, and brush for atleast 2 minutes each time.

    Is there anyway I can make them whiter? I heard mixing hydrogen peroxide and baking soda together and brushing with that can whiten your teeth?
  2. blackfox macrumors 65816


    Feb 18, 2003
    Ways I know:

    1. Store-bought solutions (eg Crest white-strips)
    2. Go to the Dentist. Most offer multiple solutions, ranging from a mould you wear with whitening gel inside (like an amped up #1), to a custom-fit version of said mould, to an in-house whitening procedure (one-time).

    The Dentist options are pretty affordable for many budgets. IIRC, the in-house treatment would cost a few hundred dollars, and the mould(s) are around $50-$100 for a several month long supply.

    File under FWIW.
  3. EV0LUTION macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2008
    I had the in the dentist's office whiting treatment when I was 16. My teeth came out extremely white. it was a $500 treatment, and I was given a custom fitted mouth piece with 16 tubes of a professional whitener gel (which work really well too).

    I have been able to maintain the whiteness for 3 years, by cutting out all dark colas from my diet and using half a gel tube every three months.
  4. Wowzera macrumors 6502a

    Oct 14, 2008
    Teeth color is genetical, very white teeth are mostly artificial.
    Some things to avoid the yellowing of teeth is coke, coffe, black tea and such.

    Answersing your question, the best way to make your teeth white is the laser treatment, though there is cheaper solutions, like the in-house solution, with a mould with whitening gel inside.

    My girlfriend did the laser treatment, it tooks 1-2 hours to her teeth be very white. Here goes a picture, sorry for the bad quality, its from a Motorola Razr :mad:

  5. floyde macrumors 6502a


    Apr 7, 2005
    Monterrey, México
  6. Melrose Suspended


    Dec 12, 2007
    Brush your fronts with peroxide once a day. It'll take a week or two, but you'll notice a difference. Clean, safe (don't over do it, and don't ever swallow) and cheap.
  7. pimentoLoaf macrumors 68000


    Dec 30, 2001
    The SimCity Deli
    I personally use Crest toothpaste with whitening agents. It's good enough
  8. Dagless Suspended


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    I've been drinking 2-3 cans of coke every day for the last 2 years and my teeth haven't changed colour, and I still only brush them once a day. Maybe that also falls down to genetics?
  9. GSMiller macrumors 68000


    Dec 2, 2006
    I recommend Crest White Strips. I use a box around every August.

    They've improved them a lot over the years. The first time I used them was when you had to do it twice a day for two weeks and my teeth and gums got pretty sore but now I buy the Premium strips and have no pain or sensitivity (maybe I'm used to it, who knows).
  10. EB66 macrumors 6502

    Mar 4, 2008
    brush with sensodyne for about two weeks and then use some crest white works but without the sensodyne my mouth started hurting and teeth were really sensitive while using the strips
  11. Wowzera macrumors 6502a

    Oct 14, 2008
    I don't think so. Maybe luck! :D
    But, are them white ? Or a little yellow ? If your teeth are already a bit yellow then wouldn't matter if you drink lot of coke or black tea, it won't be black, unless they are rotten :eek:
  12. gmecca2 macrumors regular

    Jan 17, 2008
    Crest white strips. Work like a charm. I drink coffee multiple times a day and the strips bring them back to pearly whites. No toothbrush ever required again. Just kidding, you still need to brush.
  13. xodonniedarko macrumors 6502


    Aug 15, 2007
    North Carolina
  14. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    i used to just not use toothpaste as it left a really dry taste in my mouth afterwards which i hated (weird i know) but then my teeth were getting really yellow. then i just started to use it again and my teeth got really white like straight away!

    also go to the dentist and get a routine teeth cleaning to scrape off all the 'calculus' in addition a checkup that left my teeth looking really white.
  15. Leareth macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2004
    considering you are 15 and you say your teeth are yellow

    it could be because of antibiotics and other medication you have taken when a child.

    if that is the case then whitening is going to be challenging and your teeth may come out to be a grey-yellow shade not milky white.

    best bet is to go to your dentist and ask him/her about whitening your teeth.
    your only option may be veneers.

    I personally use arm&hammer sensitive toothPASTE ( not gel). and MI- Paste with Recaldent after brushing at night. Nice clean looking and feeling white teeth and no cavities :p
  16. dmr727 macrumors G3


    Dec 29, 2007
    I do the Crest White Strip thing too. It seems to work pretty well, especially given all the coffee I drink.
  17. swingerofbirch macrumors 68040

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    Well veneers may be a bit drastic, especially since you lose healthy tooth material. Unless your teeth are in bad shape and need crowns anyway, I wouldn't go changing tooth structure. Supposedly Sonicare helps whiten teeth. Although I thought I had heard (as someone else mentioned), that if your teeth are yellow from antibiotics, the traditional whitening methods don't work too well because it's not really the surface of the tooth that has yellowed. I think it's primarily from tetracycline if taken at a younger age.

    I wouldn't use the hydrogen peroxide that comes in a brown bottle--I don't know that it is of the grade or quality that it's intended to go in your mouth, I would probably veer toward using a dental product that has peroxide in it already.

    I assume you don't smoke, right?
  18. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    According to the advice given by my dentist, don't bother with whitening toothpastes, they're a sham; avoid the whitening kiosks in the mall at all costs because they can be downright dangerous; give the crest whitestrip type products a try; if all else fails, have it done at the dentist clinic (around $300).

    I gave the crest whitestrips a try, and they worked marginally well. I only used the upper strips at first so I would have a before and after comparison, and my top teeth were whiter, but not significantly.

    I probably wouldn't bother with them again, however. If I want white teeth I'll go to the dentist.
  19. duncanapple macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2008
    Crest whitestrips are "okay"

    The next step up is molded trays and what is basically bleach from the dentist. Not only do the trays work better and fit your teeth better, the chemical they give you to squirt in there is much stronger than crest strips.

    The ultimate solution (not to mention quickest, and probably most dramatic) is laser whitening such as ZOOM!

    I have done the first two options - and I am planning on doing the third prior to my wedding this fall. Downside is your teeth can be pretty sensitive after ZOOM! but even that has evolved (I think they are up to ZOOM! 3 now) to where its less of an issue apparently.
  20. Cromulent macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    You should brush your teeth twice a day really.
  21. kastenbrust macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2008
    North Korea
    I used to use Crest WhiteStrips until i realised the effect is temporary, the best thing in my opinion is to buy some 35% Carbamide Peroxide gel from your dentist or another reputable seller, and a mouled mouth shield and use that for about 10 mins per day, after a week your teeth will be celebrity bleached, (literally paper white!!) but be careful because its very powerful stuff so over 10 mins will burn your gums.
  22. PCsucks macrumors member

    Mar 14, 2008
    dude get one of those strips for like 5 bucks it worked for my friend
  23. PeterQC macrumors 6502a


    Jun 30, 2008
    And yet Fluoride is a poison. 2 grams may be enough to kill someone. Brushing one time a day is sometimes enough to exceed your safe daily intake rate, depending how well you brush and be careful. If you accidentally ingests it, you have exceed it. I know that from someone that actually got sick from water with fluoride in it that he was drinking in Alberta province (Canada).
  24. ikermalli macrumors 6502a

    Aug 9, 2008
    Denchers FTW! :D

    My grandpa wears denchers and his denchers are totally white, and he smokes! But his one real tooth is yellow...

  25. emt1 macrumors 65816

    Jan 30, 2008
    Ugh, so you mean you wake up and go about your day without brushing your teeth? Morning breath!! :confused:

    Crest Whitestrips Advanced Seal work really, really well.

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