But, how do you know what works and what doesn’t? The North Carolina Dental Society  encourages you to talk to your dentist before beginning any whitening treatment, and to be wary of the DIY solutions you see online.
And, just because a method is “natural” doesn’t mean it’s safe or will actually brighten your smile. Sometimes, DIY whitening can actually do more harm than good. A citrus and baking soda mixture can wear away your enamel, and abrasive materials like charcoal  can actually make your teeth more yellow. Oil pulling or swishing turmeric in your mouth haven’t been proven to whiten teether, either. The North Carolina Dental Society recommends you stick to its recommended teeth whitening methods.
Beyond limiting your intake of drinks that can stain teeth, such as coffee, soda and wine, the following methods have been deemed healthy and effective ways to brighten your smile:
“We’re inundated on a daily basis with DIY whitening solutions online and in magazines,” said Dr. Billy Williams in Greenville. “But, before you invest in a whitening method, you should make sure it actually works, and that it won’t damage your teeth. The ADA has taken a significant number of years to study and review what is safe and not. In fact, it only endorsed its first over-the-counter bleaching product last year.”
To learn more about maintaining a healthy smile or finding a dentist in your area, visit www.ncdental.org .
About the North Carolina Dental Society
The North Carolina Dental Society was founded in 1856 and is one of the oldest dental societies in the country. The NCDS represents 3,800 member dentists in North Carolina. Headquartered in Cary, our mission is to help all members succeed. For more information about the NCDS, visit ncdental.org . The North Carolina Dental Society is a part of the American Dental Association , the nation's largest dental association, representing 161,000 dentist members.