Selah Creek Dental provides residents in the area with the services and care needed to achieve a smile that they feel confident about. One of the most common requests that we receive is for a whiter smile, but very few people are interested in investing in the procedure that can help them achieve this. Instead, they turn to the various DIY methods that the internet has to offer. In today’s blog post, our team is going to go over a few of the homemade methods that people use to achieve a whiter smile, and why they don’t work. 


The whitening method that people have been using most recently is a charcoal mixture that is applied directly to the teeth. This particular whitening mixture is supposed to help clear off the stains that prevent teeth from being pearly white. This mixture is usually made from a charcoal powder that is mixed with hydrogen peroxide or water, to create a paste. If you don’t want to make your own charcoal toothpaste, you can find various companies that are now making charcoal paste that promotes a whiter smile.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Before charcoal brushing became a thing, people were using hydrogen peroxide to whiten their teeth. Hydrogen peroxide is affordable and easy to come by, making it an incredible whitening option — that is, if it works. The most common way that people use hydrogen peroxide for whitening is by rinsing with it as an alternative to mouthwash. People will also try and mix this in with ingredients like baking powder to create a paste with various ingredients that are said to create a whiter smile. This leads us to our next DIY whitening method: baking powder.

Baking Powder

Another homemade method of whitening teeth that you’ll find on the internet is a baking powder paste. When you have the proper combination of baking powder and water, you wind up making the consistency of a paste. As we mentioned earlier, some will even try creating this paste with hydrogen peroxide instead of water in hopes that it will lead to a whiter smile. This particular method suggests putting this paste on your toothbrush and using it while you brush. Many will let the paste sit on their teeth so that it has some additional time to whiten the teeth. 

This is one of the most common ways that people use to try and whiten their teeth. Ultimately, this whitening method may provide you with some light whitening results, but will very rarely yield genuine, long-term results.

Whitening Toothpaste

The whitening method that has been around for the longest is likely the whitening toothpaste that you can buy at your local store. Just about every major toothpaste brand offers a toothpaste that promises a whiter smile, but they also promote regular use to achieve these goals. Ultimately, these become more of a marketing plan than a product that achieves a whiter smile. In the end, most individuals purchasing whitening toothpaste wind up spending quite a bit of money without ever achieving the level of teeth whitening that they wanted.

Store-Bought Whitening Kits

The last method of whitening that we’re going to touch on in today’s blog is something that many will spend hundreds on: store-bought whitening kits. Again, these products promise a whiter smile, but they will rarely yield the results that people are looking for. This can be incredibly frustrating because of how much they cost and how little results will be achieved. 

Why These Methods Don’t Work

There are countless DIY whitening methods that you can find on the internet, but the trick is finding one that works. We’ve only mentioned a few of the whitening methods that people try, but there are countless others. For many, the methods that we mentioned above are affordable options that can help achieve a slightly whiter smile, but very rarely can they achieve the results that most people would like to see. This is because they’re lacking the primary ingredient used to whiten teeth: carbamide peroxide. 

Contact Selah Creek Dental Today

If you’re genuinely wanting to achieve a whiter smile, the best way to do so is by investing in a professional whitening procedure done by a cosmetic dentist. Selah Creek Dental offers professional whitening procedures that are based off your smile and your whitening goals. To schedule an appointment with one of our cosmetic dentists, contact our office and we’ll get you taken care of.