Are Teeth Whitening “Hacks” Real?


Alternative treatments for most everything are all over the internet nowadays. You can find alternatives to medicine, “lifehacks” to save money, and almost anything else conceivable. Dentistry isn’t exempt from this wave of DIY-culture either, and the latest craze seems to be teeth whitening at home with just a few simple ingredients. But does it work?

We’ve been whitening teeth for a long time at Precise Dental Of Houston. In that time we’ve come to learn a few things about whitening teeth and getting good results. Could these alternative methods put us out of business?

Peroxide And Baking Soda: Most Likely To Succeed?

At first glance these two ingredients might seem to have merit. After all, we use hydrogen peroxide to whiten your teeth professionally, and everyone knows baking soda is good at scrubbing away oral bacteria. Using them like a toothpaste must do the trick, right?

Not quite. Take a look at that bottle of hydrogen peroxide in your bathroom: it’s probably mixed at a strength of around three percent. Professional whitening mixtures are far stronger – some even rise into the low thirties!

In addition to not being nearly strong enough to whiten teeth, hydrogen peroxide quickly breaks down in the presence of salva. If you swish it around in your mouth you might clean out a wound but you won’t have enough to do anything on the scale of whitening teeth.

As for baking soda, it’s great at cleaning teeth, but it can’t bleach them. The only advantage this method has over regular toothpaste is the flavor … just kidding.

Rubbing Your Teeth With Fruit Rinds – Seriously.

You can’t go too far into looking at DIY teeth whitening solutions without finding someone advocating for rubbing banana peels or citrus rinds on their teeth. Supposedly these peels have elements in them that scrub away stains, though there’s no good evidence to support that assertion.

Bananas don’t really have anything in them that can help. According to proponents it’s the magnesium, potassium, and gritty inner surface that make banana peels work, but trust us: there’s nothing in those three ingredients that whiten teeth. Magnesium is known to give a slight polish to teeth, but it’s just that: a polished sheen that will fade fairly quickly.

As for citrus, that’s just a whole different realm of dangerous. We all know citrus is acidic – even the peels contain acid that people say can whiten your teeth. In reality, acids in citrus soften the enamel of your teeth just like plaque acids do. Repeated exposure to unnecessary amounts of acid only has one effect on your teeth: it accelerates decay.

Swishing Coconut Oil: Does It Pull Stains Away?

There’s an old medical practice (we’re talking ancient India old) called oil pulling, which involves swishing coconut, or some other similar oil, in the mouth for ten to twenty minutes. People claim that it has amazing oral health benefits, such as removing bacteria, acids, and even stains from your teeth.

The truth of the matter is somewhat less incredible. While there is some decrease in oral bacteria in the mouth it’s far less than what you get by brushing. As for whitening? No real effects at all.

A medical practice that originated over 3,000 ago might have had some kind of application back then, but we have a lot of modern products that can duplicate – and improve on – swishing oil in your mouth. Like brushing your teeth, for instance.

What Kind Of Whitening Works?

You have two options at this point: you can try alternative DIY methods of teeth whitening, or you can get a whiter smile in just a single visit to our Houston office..That’s right – you don’t have to spend weeks wearing whitening trays for an hour or two – you just sit down in our chair, give us about an hour, and you’ll walk away with a visibly whiter smile. None of these alternative therapies can even come close to that kind of result!

We use a combination of high-strength peroxide gel and a laser system that accelerates the speed of whitening so it works in a snap. You’ll be amazed at how great your teeth look, and all in one appointment!

When it comes to “hacking” your teeth whitening the truth is plain: it doesn’t work. Don’t waste your time, your money, or your teeth on these DIY tricks. Let us brighten those teeth in just a single visit. Call Precise Dental Of Houston today at 713-812-1712 or request an appointment online. We look forward to seeing you soon!