As whiter teeth become the norm in America, more people are looking for teeth whitening remedies that will allow them a bright smile on a budget. One of the more popular options are "Power Swabs," a whitening applicator that claims to be able to whiten your teeth by up to six shades in a week, with minimal sensitivity and all-natural ingredients.

None of this is completely dishonest, but it might be overstating the product's efficacy. Online reviews of the product (and one review from the Wall Street Journal) tend to suggest results are limited. Some people obviously have success with whitening swabs, but others see little to no results: over 80% of the Amazon reviews are critical, and over 50% give a "one-star" rating to the product.

The good news is, there are some "all-natural" methods of whitening your teeth that won't cost any more than the whitening swabs:

  • Quit smoking
  • Stop drinking coffee and tea
  • Reduce your sugar intake
  • Use a whitening toothpaste
  • Drink water regularly
  • Chew gum after meals

These steps may only make a small difference in removing stains from your teeth, but they will improve your dental health and keep you from wasting money on over-the-counter products that are unlikely to have much effect either. If you want a truly transformative whitening result, your best bet is still to go to an experienced cosmetic dentist like Dr. Pamela Marzban.

To schedule a whitening appointment with Dr. Marzban's office, contact us by calling 703-323-8200. Dr. Marzban serves patients in Washington D.C., Fairfax, Fairfax Station, Burke, and all throughout the surrounding communities of Virginia.