Holiday parties and festive get-togethers only mean one thing: pictures, pictures, and more pictures! Did you know that a smile is the most beautiful and powerful accessory you can wear? A gleaming smile can brighten up your face and light up a room! Start prepping your pearly whites now so they can be in tip-top shape for the holidays!
Follow along as I share 7 wonderfully effective teeth whitening products you can use from the comfort of your home. Plus, does a banana peel really whiten teeth? My sister puts the claim to the ultimate test!
Teeth Whitening Products 1 of 15
What products are you going to use so you can confidently flash a brilliantly bright smile?
Glo Solo 2 of 15
Let's be honest -- sometimes whitening your teeth at home can be a pain with messy trays and shifty strips. GLO Solo makes the process a little easier to bear: by using a mint-flavored whitening gel that stays put and evaporates on its own, you don't have to worry about it! Apply directly to your teeth and make sure you don't eat, drink, or smooch for 15 minutes after applying so the gel has time to work its magic and evaporate. Use twice a day for 14 days, and watch as your pearly whites brighten 3-5 shades whiter!
Get GLO Solo Teeth Whitening here for $45
Crest 3D White Toothpaste 3 of 15
Whitening your teeth doesn't have to be something extra to add to your to-do list. I mean, we all brush our teeth at least 2 times a day, right? If you hate the thought of taking precious time out of your day to patiently sit still for whitening processes to work, opt for a whitening toothpaste instead! Crest 3D White Vivid Toothpaste removes up to 80 percent of surface stains for a visibly whiter smile in 14 days! Simply follow your same brushing regime to witness a whiter set of teeth!
Get Crest 3D White Vivid Toothpaste here for $3.97
Go Smile 4 of 15
Get whiter teeth in a FLASH literally! Smile Whitening Light is a dentist-approved whitening system using a dream team of their patented Smile Whitening Ampoule serum and light. The two combined are the perfect pair to give you a visibly whiter and brighter smile in 30 minutes! Take not that as this is a dentist-approved technology, this IS a stronger method of whitening your teeth. It is clinically proven to be safe to use once a week until you've reached your desired whiteness. At this point, you can limit use to once every 2 weeks to keep your teeth at their absolute whitest!
Get Smile Whitening Light System here for $129
Supersmile 5 of 15
Dynamic duo Supersmile Professional Whitening Toothpaste and Supersmile Whitening Accelerator save the day, teaming up to fight even the toughest stains on natural and bonded teeth, caps, veneers, and dentures! Teeth are safely whitened using whitening agents: calproxa, fluoride, and baking soda. Simply combine equal parts of Supersmile toothpaste with the whitening accelerator on a dry toothbrush and brush away for two minutes, twice daily, for a dazzling super smile! ;)
Get SUPERSMILE Professional Whitening System here for $36
Crest 3D White Strips 6 of 15
Whitening strips have had a bad rap in the past for slipping around all over the place and leaving a goopy mess. Crest took it into their hands to change that, creating Advanced Vivid Whitestrips. This new formula includes an advanced seal technology to ensure there is no-slip with solid grip. Crest 3D White Whitestrips penetrate beneath the enamel surface using enamel-safe whitening power to really cleanse teeth from stains and yellow discoloration so you can say hello to the pearly-whites of your dreams! Wear teeth whitening strips once a day for 30 minutes — see results in a week!
Optic White 7 of 15
If you think a whitening toothpaste isn't heavy duty enough to get the job done, think again! Colgate Optic White Toothpaste claims to whiten teeth more than 3 shades and that you'll notice results in as little as 1 week! Using a whitening toothpaste regularly is a fabulous way to keep up previously whitened teeth, as well as continue to make them brighter!
Get Colgate Optic White Toothpaste here for $1.48
5 Minute Speed White 8 of 15
I may or may not be saving the best for last — can I just say this stuff kicks booty? After hearing many beauty gurus across the board rave about this product, I decided to give 5 Minute Bleach Whitening Gel a go to see what all the hype was about! Well ladies and gentlemen, I realized why so many people love this whitening gel — it's budget-friendly and it WORKS! I visibly noticed a difference after only a few applications, and I never felt any sensitivity (which is a huge plus). 5 Minute White uses the bleaching action of peroxide to gently remove stains and diminish yellowing for sparkling white teeth! I'll be keeping this one in my pretty teeth toolbox! ;) With gel products, you choose the way that is most comfortable for you you can use a mouth tray, cotton swab, or toothbrush.
Get Plus White 5 Minute Bleach Whitening Gel here for 8.99
Ready. Set. Whiten! 9 of 15
Now for a little whitening DIY for a natural alternative to brightening your teeth! Word on the street is you can whiten your teeth with a banana peel! I'm kind of a scaredy-cat when it comes to these things, but thankfully sweet sisters (like mine) are willing to put rumors to the test...
You Will Need… 10 of 15
All you need are 3 simple items (you probably already have lying around the house) for this natural teeth whitening method!
You will need:
- A timer or stopwatch
- A banana peel
- Your toothbrush
Step 1. Rub Banana Peel On Upper Teeth 11 of 15
Set your timer for 1 minute and rub the inside of the banana peel on the fronts of your top teeth, using as much of the white part of the banana peel as needed. Make sure top teeth are fully coated in the natural banana paste!
Tip: Use one strip of the peel at a time for easier use.
Step 2. Rub Banana Peel on Lower Teeth 12 of 15
Set your timer for another minute and rub the inside of the banana peel on the front-side of your bottom teeth, once again making sure the bottom teeth are completely coated.
Step 3. Leave Banana Paste on for 10 Min. 13 of 15
With teeth fully coated in the natural banana paste, set timer for 10 minutes and let the magic happen!
Tip: Try to keep your mouth open and your lips away from your teeth so the paste can fully stay on and work its magic. Try laying down or tilting your head back to keep saliva from forming and washing away all your hard work! Yes, it's a tad awkward — but just remember it's only costing you a few cents!
Step 4. Brush Teeth Using Remaining Banana Paste 14 of 15
Once 10 minutes are up, grab your favorite toothbrush (dry) and brush over the banana paste in circular motions for 1 more minute — this will really work the paste into hidden crannies you may have missed! Lastly, wet your toothbrush and clean away the remaining banana paste.
Repeat this process several times a week for a brighter smile!
The Results 15 of 15
So ... is the word on the street totally true or forever false? After using this method for 7 days straight (one application per day), my sister DID notice significant whitening. The verdict is out banana peel whitening works! Although the difference after one week was subtle, her teeth did lighten. So what are you waiting for? Go bananas and try it out for yourself!
Disclaimer: If you have any concerns with potential side effects, please consult your dentist to see if this natural whitening method is right for you!