17 Ways To Whiten Teeth Faster For A Natural, Pearly-White Smile

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While we are all born with different shades of enamel, our teeth yellows over time for a variety of reasons, some of which you may not have even realized are contributing to your "yellowing" smile.

But who doesn't want to dazzle and captivate other people with a bright, white smile? That all starts with learning to best methods for how to whiten your teeth fast (and how to whiten teeth naturally, for that matter). Models don't get paid to flash their pearly "yellows," and there's nothing more charming than a gorgeous smile. It's why you probably went through years of orthodontic work to make your chompers look straight and pretty.

Here are a few culprits that are killing your white smile dreams:

  • Caffeine consumption: coffee, tea, soda and chocolate
  • Red wine
  • Acidic foods
  • Soy sauce
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Vinegar

And let's face it: many of us love some of the things that are causing our teeth to yellow, like coffee or red wine, so most likely you're not about to get rid of your lattes or glass of wine with dinner.

But don't despair because with these 17 tricks and tips, you can learn how to whiten teeth, improve your smile, still enjoy some of your favorite drinks and foods. And keep in mind that whatever method you choose, you'll have to redo it periodically in order to maintain that pretty smile.

1. Drink through a straw

Use a straw to enjoy beverages like the ones above that cause yellowing. This way, after you've made your teeth white, you can maintain better results and still enjoy your favorite snacks and drinks.

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2. Baking soda and lime juice

Who knew you could learn how to whiten teeth with baking soda? Mix one teaspoon of baking soda and one teaspoon of lime juice together. Use your toothbrush to apply this paste on your teeth for 2 to 3 minutes. Rinse afterward. Be careful not to leave it on longer than 2 minutes. The baking soda helps reduce stains, and the lime juice is an astringent and can also remove discoloration.

3. Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide

Use these two much like the paste above. After leaving on for 2 minutes, remove. Rinse well after. Keep in mind with both baking soda pastes, do not do this more than two times a week. These various whitening procedures can be harmful to your teeth enamel if done too often.

4. Water

After drinking any of your favorite yellowing drinks like coffee or soda, rinse with water and brush your teeth right away if you can.

5. Apple cider vinegar and water

Take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and dilute it in a cup of water. Swish for a minute or two, and then rinse. Beware: you must also use caution with apple cider vinegar. Using it too much can hurt your teeth enamel.

6. Coconut oil-pulling

Swish with organic coconut oil in your mouth for twenty minutes, and spit. Do not swallow! Rinse afterward.

7. Whitening ampoules

There are many beauty brands that are created just for teeth whitening, like GoSmile. Try whitening ampoules that you apply directly to your teeth. Each brand has its own set of particular directions. (I like these better than whitening strips.) 

8. Coconut oil paste

Put organic coconut oil on your teeth and leave on for 2 minutes. Use your finger to apply and do not swallow. Afterward, rinse and brush your teeth.

9. Orange oil

Believe it or not, orange oil can help whiten your smile. Some of these methods may seem contradictory since orange is an acidic fruit, but it works. Take 2 drops of orange essential oil and mix with your toothpaste. Simply brush away and rinse after.

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10. Whitening trays

I'm a fan of whitening trays, which you can get at your local dentist. They work quickly and if you're sensitive to the whitener, you can space out your treatment. Speak to your dentist about how to get started.

11. Whitening strips

These are nice to do as they're cheaper and done right at home. You'll have to experiment with various brands to see which works best, but I can say that the strips tend to move around in your mouth, which can make results patchy. Try Crest 3D White Glamorous White Whitestrips Dental Teeth Whitening Strips Kit. 

12. Electric toothbrush

I absolutely love my electric toothbrush! It does mean changing the heads more regularly, which is more costly than a regular toothbrush, but your brushing is more effective and it keeps your teeth whiter and cleaner. Try Foreo's ISSA Play.

13. Activated charcoal

Personally, this can be very messy, but people swear by it. All you have to do is brush with powdered charcoal (use a separate brush rather than your regular brush as the charcoal will stain the toothbrush) and then rinse well. After you rinse, brush again with regular toothpaste and rinse.

14. Turmeric powder

Take a wet toothbrush and dab it in turmeric powder. Let it sit on your teeth for 2 to 3 minutes. Then, rinse and brush with your regular toothpaste.

15. Lemon, orange or banana peels

If this idea sounds "appealing" to you (haha), try it out. Take the white side of the peel from any of the three fruits and rub on your teeth. People claim that these peels whiten and remove stains — and it's safe to do.

16. Whitening pre-rinse

You can find whitening pre-rinse that you gargle or swish with before brushing to up the whitening factor of your teeth.

17. Strawberries and baking soda

More delicious than some of the above alternatives, simply mash one or two berries and add baking soda. Then, brush your teeth with the mixture and leave on for about 2 minutes. Rinse with water.

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Laura Lifshitz will work for chocolate. The former MTV personality and Columbia University graduate is currently writing about divorce, sex, women’s issues, fitness, parenting, marriage and more for YourTangoNew York Times, DivorceForce, Women’s Health, Working Mother, Pop Sugar, and more. Her own website is

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