Brightening Your Teeth On A Budget

You don’t need hundreds to achieve a whiter smile. I used to think only rich people could afford a perfect smile, but as it turns out there are SO many ways you brighten your smile naturally and on a budget. Below I explore some of the old wives tales compared to some of the newer practises I’ve tried in the past…

Activated Charcoal

Brushing your teeth with activated charcoal toothpaste could help to bring back that sparkle. Whilst it doesn’t sound like a sensible ingredient for whitening your teeth, activated charcoal is in fact very effective at binding with plaque that may be staining your teeth, helping it to be removed more easily.

Just make sure to wash your mouth out afterwards otherwise your teeth will remain black!

Baking Soda

Baking soda is another alternative toothpaste ingredient that has become popular in recent years. Due to the abrasive nature of baking soda, it is very effective at removing plaque. Baking soda toothpaste should only be used once per week max, as over usage could damage your enamel.

Tooth Polishing

Tooth polishing tools are commonly used by dentists to remove stubborn plaque. There are now household versions of this product available on the market such as the iWhite tooth polisher, which could be a worthy investment for those wanting to whiten their teeth. By using this tool, you can get rid of plaque that an ordinary toothbrush can’t. You don’t want to use them too regularly as you could end up damaging your enamel – it’s best to continue with regular brushing and use this product no more than once a week.

Whitening Gum 

There are chewing gums on the market that can also help you to remove plaque and whiten your teeth throughout the day. These can be worth chewing between meals. Such chewing gums are usually sugarless, which means no unwanted calorie intake, and can help keep the teeth from staining throughout the day. 


Veneers are tiny plates that fitted onto each tooth to help give them impression of white teeth. Whilst this doesn’t stop the problem of tooth decay, it could be a fast way to regain your smile’s sparkle if you need an instant solution. Veneers are commonly fitted by a dentist, however there are now companies out there such as Instasmile that have started producing clip-on veneers. Veneers often need to be custom made, so be prepared to pay a little more for this form of whitening.

Laser Whitening

Laser whitening is the newest form of teeth whitening. It involves putting a bleaching agent on the teeth and activating this with a laser. This helps to instantly whiten the enamel resulting in a sparkly new smile. Laser whitening is expensive and is likely to make your teeth more sensitive, however this could all be worth the perfect white smile that it gives you. I’d definitely weigh up your options with laser whitening, as I think it should only be used as a last resort!

Make Up

It’s possible to make your teeth look whiter without doing any work to your teeth at all. Certain lipstick tones can help to bring out the whiteness in our teeth, making them appear brighter than they really are. These tend to be lipsticks with bluish undertones such as raspberry reds. Avoid lipsticks with orange undertones as these can have the opposite effect, highlighting the yellow in your teeth.

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