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DIY Bright Smile

Updated on October 23, 2012
Bright smile!
Bright smile!

Special Occasion White Teeth

There are many options to get your teeth sparking white. You can go the pricey route and get laser whitening such as Zoom Whitening, but that can come in around $350.00 and up depending on where you live. Luckily I live in a small rural town so the prices are lower. This treatment does have its perks as you can go six to nine shades lighter in a matter of forty five minutes. As an actor of course I have to maintain a bride and shining smile. While I treated myself to this treatment last summer I would now opt for a more at home style treatment in the future. Now of course you can use at home treatments like Crest 3D Whitening Strips, but those can cost between $30.00 to $40.00. So this is not even ideal for every budget.

Instead I am going to share with you some DIY budget friendly ways to get a photo perfect bright smile. Dentists have actually suggested this treatment as well.

What you need:

  • Small amount of toothpaste, I’d recommend Sensodyne Full Protection Plus Whitening with Fluoride Toothpaste.
  • 1 TSP of Baking Soda
  • 1 TSP of Hydrogen Peroxide
  • ½ TSP of Water
  • Small bowl or jar (Your choice)
  • Toothbrush


Grab your container and mix the toothpaste, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and water. Make sure you mix the contents thoroughly. Add as much toothpaste as you feel is comfortable for you. Put the contents onto your tooth brush and proceed to brush your teeth for two full minutes. I would advise that you hum a song like the national anthem or set a timer.

Now if you want to see some good results then be sure to do this once a week until you have reached the results you want. Once you have reached your desire whiteness make sure to limit yourself to using the whitening treatment once every month or two. You do not want to damage the enamel of your teeth. Also if you have a special event coming up try to stay away foods that strong staining agents.


  • Red Whine
  • Kool-aid
  • Soda
  • Soy Sauce
  • Smoking
  • Ketchup
  • Pasta Sauces
  • Etc


  • Rice
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Egg Whites
  • Bread
  • Mayo
  • Miracle Whip
  • Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • Milk
  • Cauliflower
  • Apple
  • Oatmeal
  • Etc

You have many options for avoiding bright or dark colored foods that can slow the results. If you take this DIY recipe and the suggestions then you should have a wonderfully bright smile in no time. So I hope you will give this a budget friendly option a try.


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    • everythingdazzles profile image

      Janelle 5 years ago from Houston

      I have had no problems and I have super sensitive gums. If you are worried only do it for say 30 seconds and work your way up.

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      acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

      This is certainly interesting. Just a little worried about my gums though! Will this be okay to use? It's just the hydrogen peroxide I am a little concerned about.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I'm ready to give this a try. The combination sounds harmless enough if used as you've recommended. Thanks for sharing and voted up, useful and interesting.

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      Janelle 5 years ago from Houston

      You don't have to give anything up if you don't want to. Its just if you want faster results. You will get results either way.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Interesting. I can't give up wine, coffee, ketchup, or red sauces, but I can sure try this! Looks promising. Thanks!

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      Janelle 5 years ago from Houston

      Glad you find it so useful! Also these things are mandatory sacrifices its just some suggestions in case you want super fast results. Thanks for reading.

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      This a really helpful hub. My husband makes a pasta sauce so I can't give that up and I drink black coffee this is another I can't give up.

      But that rest you suggested is good, I can't drink red wine anymore because of meds. and soda has never interested me.

      I will try your 'recipe' to whiten my teeth. Thank you.

      Voted up useful and very interesting, Joyce