One thing most of us long for is whiter teeth. We’d all love to have sparkling white teeth like our favourite celebrities, but professional bleaching at the dentist’s office can put a big crimp in your budget. Here are ways to get a brighter smile at home.


Get a bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide from the pharmacy and mix it with water to make a 50/50 solution. Pour about 30 milliliters of this solution in your mouth and swirl it around for a minute. Spit out the solution and rinse your mouth with water.

Don’t be disturbed if the solution starts to foam in your mouth, because that’s shows that it’s working. The hydrogen peroxide combines with oral bacteria to form bubbles. Brush teeth after rinsing.

Peroxide and baking soda

Brushing once a week with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda can keep teeth looking clean and bright. Just mix 10 milliliters of peroxide into 15 milliliters of baking soda to form a paste and use it to brush your teeth. After teeth are covered, leave mixture on for two minutes.

You can add a bit of mint-flavoured toothpaste to improve the taste. Adding a dash of salt will help to exfoliate the teeth, but should not be used too often since it’s highly abrasive. Rinse with water and brush teeth again with regular toothpaste.

Teeth whitening kits

If you’re looking for faster results and willing to pay a few bucks to get them, whitening kits are available at pharmacies and online. One favourite is the Bdazzled Teeth Whitening Kit that sells for about $90. This kit promises whiter teeth in 5-14 days with results that last up to two years.

The Bdazzled kit contains two thermo shrink mouthguards, three tubes of Bdazzled gel, one mouthguard case and detailed instructions. The whitening gel is placed in the mouthguard and worn for 30 minutes twice per day for 5-14 days. The number of days the gel is used depends on the severity of the staining.

A less-expensive home whitening solution is the CleverWhite One-Step Teeth Whitening Kit that sells for about $30. This kit also uses trays and gel, and it promises results in just five days. The 10 trays are pre-filled for easy use.

CleverWhite also sells Dissolving Whitening Strips for $24.95. These strips dissolve on the teeth and whiten in 10 minutes. They can be used once or twice a day.

What’s your favourite way to get whiter teeth?