At-Home Teeth Whitening – Does It Work? [BLOG]

Summer will soon be here, and that means it’s time to brighten up your smile with teeth whitening treatment at Northwest Dental Group!

Think you’re better off using some of the at-home remedies you’ve heard about or read online to lift stubborn stains from your teeth?

Think again!

Is It Possible To Get Whiter Teeth At Home?

Check out these DIY teeth whitening strategies and learn the truth about how to get the brighter smile you want in Rochester, MN:


If you have a bottle of peroxide somewhere in your bathroom closet or cabinet, think before you start swishing it around like mouthwash!

Yes, peroxide is one of the main ingredients used in consumer and professional-grade teeth whitening products. What dentists use is far more concentrated, however, and is only applied with customized mouth trays that keep the peroxide sealed safely inside to cover your teeth and prevent it from oozing out onto your gums. Using a store whitening kit or peroxide you have at home exposes your mouth to a substance that’s not safe for your sensitive gum tissues, and it can also slow your saliva production.

Neither are good for your smile or dental health!

*Baking Soda*

Probably all of us can open up one of our kitchen cabinets and find a box of baking soda.

When mixed with a little bit of water, it creates a paste that many people swear by for an easy, cheap teeth whitening solution.

That’s not the case, but even if it were, using straight baking soda on the regular is a recipe for dental disaster! It’s too harsh on your tooth enamel for any of its supposed whitening properties to be worth the risk!

*Banana Peels*

Odd as it sounds, certain fruit peels have teeth whitening power, if you believe everything you read on the internet.

According to this method, you can lighten the color of your teeth by scrubbing them with the inside of a peel from a banana or citrus fruit. While active ingredients in these foods like potassium and magnesium might help to give your teeth a polished sheen, it’s not an effective teeth whitening strategy. In fact, given the high acidity of citrus, rubbing the peel over your teeth enough could wear down your enamel!

You’d get more health benefits from these fruits the old-fashioned way, by eating them!

*Coconut Oil*

There’s a growing trend known as oil pulling that’s become pretty popular in recent years, but it’s actually not new at all. It’s been a trusted ancient method of ‘pulling’ bacteria from your mouth for thousands of years.

Coconut oil is one of the most common types used for this practice, and even many experts agree that swishing it around in your mouth for several minutes a day has oral health benefits, like preventing tooth decay and plaque buildup.

But can it really whiten your teeth?

Unfortunately, there just isn’t enough scientific evidence to back up that claim.

The Best Teeth Whitening Solution

We can provide powerful, but safe, treatment that you control. With our professional whitening gel and customized mouth trays, you’ll be able to lighten your teeth several shades, seeing results in as little as two weeks!

Our at-home teeth whitening kit allows you to enjoy comfortable, convenient treatment that works, and you can maintain your results by joining our Whitening for Life program! Come in for your routine dental cleanings and exams every six months, and receive free refills on whitening gel for a bright, confident smile for a lifetime!

Call TODAY For An Appointment!

While there may be dental health benefits to some of the methods we’ve talked about today, none are likely to give you the teeth whitening results you’re after, not to mention the risks most of them can pose for your smile!

That’s why you should visit your Rochester, MN dentist now for professional teeth whitening you can rely on!

Call Northwest Dental Group today at 507-315-2932 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment.