If dental TikTok trends and DIY teeth whitening have piqued your interest, keep the below thought starters in mind - as not all fresh fads will be beneficial or give you the intended results of whiter teeth. 

The key difference here is understanding what methods will remove stains vs. lifting underlying teeth color to achieve whiter teeth. As always, be sure to consult with your dentist or dental hygienist before you go all in.

3% hydrogen peroxide with mouthwash
The ingredient itself is safe for whitening and is in professional grade whitening formulas at higher concentrations. Some dentists say it’ll kill all the bacteria in your mouth - both good and bad. Others say it can be swished twice a day, undiluted, for 30 seconds and be okay.

Our 30 minute Signature Whitening uses a higher percentage hydrogen peroxide, but lower heat than say, Zoom whitening, so you get noticeable whitening results without the painful teeth zingers. 

Baking soda and lemon juice
Meant to remove stains, but will it whiten teeth? Either way, this acidic and abrasive combination should be avoided for extended use. First, it can wear down enamel and irritate gums and soft tissue. Second, whitening impacts the underlying color of your teeth, so removing stains is just the first part before whitening.

Try our Deluxe Cleaning + Whitening bundle which will remove plaque and stains, then your teeth can truly be ready for whitening! It also comes with a complimentary fluoride treatment (worth $25) to protect and shield enamel. 

Activated charcoal toothpaste
Presented as a powder you get wet or a toothpaste. These usually don’t sit long enough on your teeth to give any lasting whitening effects. It’s also a mild abrasive that can wear down your enamel with harsh brushing. And what about your black stained bathroom sink? If you want to l
eave the mess behind, we’ll take care of your whitening for you.

Lastly, if you’re looking to extend in-studio whitening results, adding a whitening toothpaste and/or a fluoride toothpaste to your routine may be all you need at home. This will strengthen your enamel and prevent cavities in between visits for regular dental cleanings and whitenings.


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