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whatever
01-29-2010, 06:37 PM
I was curious if there was a home remedy to whiten teeth as I have used the crest white strips and like them but they irritate my teeth after awhile and are VERY expensive. And I found this and I'm going to try it.
Did you ever look at the price of whitening products at the store, and think that there has to be a cheaper way? With Whitening products like Crest Whitestrips costing $30 or more per set, whitening your teeth can easily take a back burner in these financially tough times. And $30 is spare change when compared to the cost of whitening your teeth at the Dentist’s office.

This small little bottle costs $1 or less in most places. Hydrogen Peroxide? “Why in the world do you put that stuff in your mouth,” you ask? Well, before you automatically assume I am insane, check out what the main active ingredient of Crest Whitestrips is:
3-7% Hydrogen Peroxide


See my source on this, and more details on what exactly these things can cost you HERE.

That’s right. Those whitening products that you pay $30 for are just glorified Hydrogen Peroxide. Yes, they have other ingredients in there (harmful ones, I might add), but Hydrogen Peroxide is the active ingredient that does the major whitening. What’s in a bottle of plain Hydrogen Peroxide? 3% -3.5% Hydrogen Peroxide and filtered water. It’s the same, and actually less than most of the new whitening products.

Here’s how I whiten my teeth: I use a small amount of hydrogen peroxide as a mouth wash twice a day for 7-10 days. I’m very careful not to swallow it, just like I wouldn’t want to swallow the gel that is in over the counter whitening products. My teeth are significantly whiter just after a week, and guess what else! This doesn’t hurt my teeth like the whitening products do. Every time I have used whitening gel products before, I wasn’t able to use them past three days because they made my teeth hurt so bad.

So there you have it. For $1 or less, I have a bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide that will last me a very long time. Not only do I use it for whitening my teeth, but it’s great for disinfecting the scrapes and cuts we get around here. Now that’s Natural and Thrifty!

Side note: Did you know that our own bodies make Hydrogen Peroxide for healing, and that it is currently being used by many to cure cancer and other ailments? Do a quick search on the internet and you will find a plethora of information on the subject.

specailk3342
01-29-2010, 07:11 PM
About 7 years ago, I won a professional teeth whitening at my dentist's office. He told me when the process was all done, to brush my teeth with hydrogen peroxide once a week for maintenance. It does work!

pepperpot
01-29-2010, 07:12 PM
But have your teeth gotten noticeably whiter?

Explorer 4x4'r
01-29-2010, 07:53 PM
I drink gallons of coffee a week.
I think I shall try this

specailk3342
01-30-2010, 07:06 AM
But have your teeth gotten noticeably whiter?

they really did get a lot whiter. I keep this up and they stay white.

pepperpot
01-30-2010, 07:40 AM
they really did get a lot whiter. I keep this up and they stay white.

Do you make a baking soda paste with the peroxide? I've heard of that, but isn't that a little abrasive?

specailk3342
01-30-2010, 10:00 AM
Do you make a baking soda paste with the peroxide? I've heard of that, but isn't that a little abrasive?

nope. just pour some on my brush. The dentist says you can also swish it around in your mouth.

Carolina_E
01-31-2010, 12:58 PM
i smoke alot alot alot and that has an effect on my teeth, thanks i would try this out for sure!

Breezin
02-15-2010, 02:30 PM
very interesting thanks for the tip!

SLance68
02-15-2010, 03:57 PM
Do you make a baking soda paste with the peroxide? I've heard of that, but isn't that a little abrasive?

I have used just regular baking soda without peroxide and it will whiten your teeth. It takes a while to get use to it as it is very salty tasting. I would just put some in my hand and add a few drops of water and push the toothbrush bristles into it and brush away.

ntgsmommy
02-15-2010, 05:30 PM
I have dipped my toothbrush in a bowl of peroxide, and then in a small bowl of baking soda, the baking soda stays on the brush a lot easier, then brush my teeth like usual...some may want to brush their teeth again afterwards to get rid of the baking soda/peroxide taste, but I never have. Gets you teeth pretty white!

candymore
08-22-2010, 06:30 PM
thanks for ur sharing.

nomorerack
11-29-2010, 02:20 PM
i heard of the peroxide and all but haven't tried them out...if it makes it pearly whites awesome and i will stick to it however tedious it may be....thanks for the tip

dv8grl
12-01-2010, 07:16 AM
WD Reviews: Teeth Whiteners.
http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/beauty/wd-reviews-teeth-whiteners-2411574/
The holidays are fast approaching, which means parties and pictures are just around the corner. But before saying "cheese," you’ll want to touch up coffee- and red wine–stained teeth. With so many over-the-counter whiteners, it's hard to know which ones really work, so the WD staff tested some of the most popular options out there. Rating them from 1 to 5 on convenience, effectiveness, flavor and amount of sensitivity they caused, we give you the scoop on which ones made testers’ teeth whiter and which ones didn't live up to their promises.

REMBRANDT Plus Peroxide Whitening Mouthwash

Overall Score: 5 out of 5
The promise: This mouthwash promises to restore and strengthen enamel while whitening teeth with a rapid-release liquid peroxide that begins working on contact.
What WD had to say: The tester, whose stained teeth had gradually gotten worse over the years from smoking and coffee, loved this easy-to-use product right away, saying, “it was just like it advertised—‘Fresh Mint’—and made my whole mouth tingle, which was very rejuvenating." Plus, the results were immediate. “It makes your teeth visibly whiter, and I think in two weeks I did see a little bit of long-term whitening.” $7.99;

Supersmile Professional Whitening System
Overall Score: 4.5 out of 5
The promise: This gel and paste combination system claims to remove stains above and below the enamel with only a few drops twice a day.
What WD had to say: After having bleached her teeth a few years ago, our tester had slacked on maintaining them. Attracted to this product because “it’s basically like toothpaste, which seemed like the easiest thing possible—no mouth trays, strips or goop,” our tester was pleasantly surprised with how well it worked. “It’s ideal for people like me who are sensitive to strong solutions and hate having to wear something on their teeth!” $36

Crest 3D White Whitestrips Advanced Vivid
Overall Score: 4 out of 5
The promise: These strips claim to use the same enamel-safe whitening ingredient as dentists do to remove stains both above and below the surface in 14 days.
What WD had to say: Our tester, whose teeth had been stained by coffee and red wine, said these strips were “the most convenient” she had ever used. Although she couldn’t wear them 14 days in a row because her teeth began to ache, she did say her teeth “looked immediately whiter after taking the strips off each time.” $34.99

Luster Weekend White
Overall Score: 4 out of 5
The promise: This kit claims to rid teeth of stains and discoloration in minutes and make them six shades whiter in only three days.
What WD had to say: Our tester, who began the process with “slightly pale yellow” teeth, got compliments after using this product for just one day—“my teeth seemed two shades brighter after the first application.” The application was simple, as you just swish for 30 seconds with the rinse and then paint each tooth with the gel, rinsing after 10 minutes. But after three applications—just half the recommended time of use—she did feel sensitivity. $19.99

Arm & Hammer Whitening Booster 3X

Overall Score: 4 out of 5
The promise: This paste claims it has three times the whitening agent of leading whitening strips, and will make teeth up to four shades whiter after six weeks.
What WD had to say: Saying her teeth were “not terribly yellow, but could use some whitening,” our tester was attracted to this gel because she could apply it with her regular toothpaste. After using twice a day for one week, however, she started feeling sensitivity toward hot and cold foods, so she stopped using for a few days. Even though the testing period was only two weeks, our tester said the color change was noticeable and thinks the results will be even better after the recommended six weeks

Aquafresh White Trays

Overall Score: 3.25 out of 5
The promise: Aquafresh claims their safe, easy and comfortable trays produce whiter teeth in as little as three days.
What WD had to say: Our tester is an avid tea drinker, which caused her teeth to turn a light yellow color. While application was fairly simple—you just insert gel-lined trays over your upper and lower teeth—the problem was how long she had to wear them. “For the 45 minutes that the trays are in your mouth, you can’t eat or drink and can hardly speak.” So while her teeth were whiter after the first day of use and she didn’t experience any sensitivity, she says you need to reserve almost an hour every day for a week to use this product as recommended. $31.99

Orbit White Gum
Overall Score: 3 out of 5
The promise: Not only does this gum promise fresh breath, it also claims it will remove stains and whiten teeth if you chew two pieces after consuming teeth-staining products like red wine, coffee and soda.
What WD had to say: Our tester felt she needed a whitening boost because she’s a frequent coffee drinker. As for chewing two pieces at once, she said “it was more than I'm used to chewing and it made the flavor a little more intense than I'd normally prefer.” After two weeks, our tester didn’t notice any changes in the color of her teeth, but will continue to chew the gum since it “freshens breath well and has a nice minty taste.” $1.19

Go Smile Tooth Whitening System
Overall Score: 3 out of 5
The promise: Using the patented Ampoule Technology, this system claims you will get whiter teeth in seven days by inserting the small vial into the sleeve, popping the inner tube and applying the solution directly onto your teeth.
What WD had to say: Our tester had used whitening products in the past, but was looking for something to maintain her already white teeth. Unfortunately, she was disappointed by the application process of this product. “I couldn’t even figure out how to use it. By the time I finally squeezed out all the gel, I was frustrated and it got everywhere.” Although the gel seemed to brighten her teeth after just three days and produced no tooth sensitivity, our tester won’t use it again due to the difficulty of use. $89

Listerine Whitening Pre-Brush Rinse
Overall Score: 2.6 out of 5
The promise: With four times the amount of whitening power of toothpaste, this rinse claims to fight stains, plaque buildup and bad breath.
What WD had to say: The mouthwash seemed simple and harmless enough to our tester, whose teeth were "fairly yellow and discolored," but as soon as she put it in her mouth, her outlook changed. “The main whitening ingredient is hydrogen peroxide, and it tasted that way. The first time I tried it, I hated it, and it was a struggle to keep rinsing for a full minute.” It was simple to use, however, and only took a minute twice a day before brushing. The product doesn’t indicate how long it takes to see results, but in the two weeks she tested it, she didn’t notice any change. $5.49

REMBRANDT Form-Fit Whitening Strips
Overall Score: 2.5 out of 5
The promise: These strips claim to visibly whiten teeth in five days.
What WD had to say: With only a five- to seven-day commitment, this product seemed like the easiest choice for our tester, whose teeth were “white enough and looked OK, but could be a shade or two whiter.” Although she described the application process as “very easy—you just peel them open, rinse your mouth with water and put them in," the results were disappointing. After seven days, our tester saw little improvement. $22.99

Supersmile Professional Whitening Gum
Overall Score: 1 out of 5
The promise: This sugar-free whitening gum claims it will remove surface stains while cleaning teeth, freshening breath and preventing cavities.
What WD had to say: Our tester had a professional whitening treatment recently, so she was looking for something to maintain the results. The gum was easy to use, but after “just a few minutes of chewing, it lost flavor and became too hard.” She also didn’t notice any changes in her teeth whatsoever and would use the gum “only if she didn’t have anything else.” $24