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How to Whiten Teeth Quickly for an Event (Like Your Wedding)

Talk to your dentist before starting any quick whitening treatment
Read Time: 5 minutes
Nov 28, 2022

If you’ve got an important event coming up, like your wedding, for example, you’ll want to look your best. Whitening your teeth can be a great way to enhance your appearance, but many teeth-whitening programs can take time to work. What can you do if you need to whiten your teeth quickly? Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can whiten your teeth, often in less than a day.

It’s a good idea to talk to your dentist about your tooth-whitening options before selecting any of the methods below.

Quick Whitening Solutions for Brushing

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Some quick whitening solutions involve brushing your teeth with the whitening agent.

Baking Soda

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One option for quick teeth whitening is to brush your teeth with baking soda. It’s commonly used in toothpaste because of the natural whitening properties it offers. Baking soda also has a mildly abrasive texture that can help to rid your teeth of stains.

How to Brush with Baking Soda

Mix a solution of two teaspoons of water and one teaspoon of baking soda and then put the resulting paste on your toothbrush. Brush this way several times a day.

Activated Charcoal

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Activated charcoal is made via heating using gas. This heating process creates large pores within the charcoal which can then absorb chemicals when used. Unlike standard charcoal, activated charcoal is safe to use in your mouth and can help to whiten your teeth as well as remove plaque and prevent the growth of bacteria. Additionally, it can help to prevent bad breath, which may be especially important on your wedding day.

How to Brush with Activated Charcoal

Crush an activated charcoal tablet into a powder, then dip your toothbrush into water and use the wet toothbrush to pick up the powder. Be careful not to brush too hard, however, as that could damage your teeth and avoid using it if you have any cuts or sores in your mouth.

Powdered Milk

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Powdered milk has a number of benefits for your teeth. It can help you keep your teeth healthy and can also whiten them. On top of that, powdered milk also benefits your overall health because it’s a good source of calcium and other minerals. It can help to boost your immune system and keep your bones strong.

How to Brush with Powdered Milk

Put toothpaste on your toothbrush like you would to brush normally. Then, sprinkle some powdered milk over the top of the toothpaste. Brush your teeth and make sure to thoroughly rinse your mouth afterward.

Quick Whitening Paste Options

Some tooth whitening solutions are meant to be spread across your teeth as a paste rather than brushed on.

Banana Peel

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Bananas are a source of many vitamins and minerals that are healthy for you. It’s not as commonly known that the peels also carry similar benefits and that they can help to whiten your teeth. Manganese, magnesium, and potassium are all present in banana peels and these can help to whiten your teeth via absorption.

How to Use Banana Peels to Whiten Your Teeth

Gently rub your teeth with a banana peel for at least two minutes. Then, brush your teeth to remove any remaining banana particles.

Strawberries and Baking Soda

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Strawberries contain malic acid, which help to remove stains from your teeth. Malic acid is typically an ingredient in many different teeth-whitening products, so it can be a good option as a quick whitening solution. To follow this method, take one large strawberry and crush it up. Then, mix it with one teaspoon of baking soda to make a paste. Be sure to blend it so that it’s smooth.

How to Use the Strawberry Mixture to Whiten Your Teeth

Once you’ve made the strawberry and baking soda paste, spread it evenly across your teeth. Let it sit for five minutes and then rinse it away. Afterward, brush your teeth like you normally would.

Quick Mouthwash Whitening Options

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Other whitening solutions are meant to be swished in the mouth like a mouthwash.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Another option is to use hydrogen peroxide like you would mouthwash. Hydrogen peroxide is a natural bleaching solution and is also present in many toothpastes, particularly those that include whitening as a feature. Many whitening solutions that you can buy often include higher concentrations of hydrogen peroxide. Too high of a concentration of hydrogen peroxide could irritate your gums, however, so be sure to use 3% concentration or less.

Make a Toothpaste with Hydrogen Peroxide

In addition to using hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash, you could also make a toothpaste from it by mixing two teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide with one teaspoon of baking soda.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Too much apple cider vinegar could harm your teeth, but used sparingly, it could kill bacteria that grow in your mouth as well as whiten your teeth. Be careful not to use apple cider vinegar more often than once a month or you might end up eroding your enamel, which could increase the risk of cavities.

How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar

Dilute the apple cider vinegar with some water. Then, swish for a few minutes.

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