DIY Teeth Whitening

This is a general photo of a before and after whitening example.

Do you smile in the mirror and picture your teeth a few shades whiter? Let’s make it happen! On this page, we’ve provided you with a detailed list of DIY teeth whitening options. One of the many options below may pleasantly surprise you with whiter, brighter results. We will take you through everything from toothpastes, to gels; at-home concoctions, to Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry’s Zoom! Whitening. We welcome you to find the best remedy for you and to learn a thing or two in the process!


Crest 3D Whitening toothpaste is one of the many whitening brands for toothpaste.

There are plenty of whitening toothpaste options available for purchase at your local stores. We went ahead and listed some of the best for you:

  • Crest 3D White Luxe Glamorous White Vibrant Whitening Toothpaste
  • Opalescence Whitening toothpaste
  • Tom’s of Maine Antiplaque & Whitening
  • Sensodyne Extra Whitening
  • Arm & Hammer AdvanceWhite (Baking Soda and Peroxide)

In addition to the products listed, there is an effective whitening toothpaste that has recently received a lot of attention. Don’t let the black color surprise you — charcoal toothpaste is also a good option for teeth whitening!


Baking soda mixed with hydrogen peroxide is a whitening remedy.

Did you know that hydrogen peroxide and baking soda mixed together into a paste is one of the oldest at-home teeth whitening remedies? This method is most effective when used in addition to your every day teeth brushing routine.


Whitening kits often consist of whitening strips, syringes of whitening gel, a whitening tray, and an LED light.

There are also several teeth whitening kits on the market for you to try. These kits consist of different materials such as gels, gel trays, LED light appliances, and whitening strips. Depending on what you are most interested in, you can pick a kit consisting of the products that are best for you. Various brands of kits include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Opalescence Teeth Bleaching Gel
  • Colgate Whitening Gel
  • Crest 3D White Strips
  • Crest 3D White Strips with Light
  • AuraGlow Deluxe Home Whitening System

RINSESCrest 3D Whitening Mouthwash is a whitening rinse.

Whitening rinses or mouthwashes are typically used after each brush session. Crest 3D White Brilliance, Listerine Whitening, Scope White, and Colgate Optic White are just some of the many whitening rinse brands.


Strawberries mixed with baking soda to form a paste is a whitening remedy when brushed onto your teeth lightly with a soft tooth brush.

Have you heard of the strawberry remedy? Here is a  step-by-step guide on how to properly concoct and apply your homemade strawberry elixir:

  • Step 1: Crushed strawberries to a pulp
  • Step 2: Mix with baking soda until blended
  • Step 3: Spread the mixture ontoyour teeth with a soft toothbrush
  • Step 4: Leave the mixture on your teeth for 5 minutes  before rinsing and brushing thoroughly with toothpaste to fully remove the strawberry mixture.


Rubbing the inside of a banana peel on your teeth is one of the many natural teeth whitening remedies.

If you thought we ran out of fruit whitening remedies, you were wrong! Here’s one more fruity trick.

After you brush and floss, try peeling a ripe banana. Rub a piece of the inside on your teeth for two minutes. Then, rinse. Now, you have officially tried the banana rub whitening method!

Skeptical? Here are the facts: Studies have shown that the inside of a banana peel is rich in potassium, magnesium, manganese, and other naturally whitening minerals. “The rich minerals in a banana are absorbed into your enamel and have healthy whitening effects.”


Zoom! Whitening is a professional whitening treatment offered at Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry.

Last, but certainly not least, Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry offers a highly effective teeth whitening treatment. In office, or at home, we give our patients the option of where they get their whitening done.

Our whitening methods are the most safe and precise out of every method mentioned above, as a professional is conducting every step of your whitening. For the in-office whitening, our dentists will apply a protective layer on your gums to prevent the whitening gel from harming your gums. The whitening gel is then applied to the enamel of your teeth.

This is a photo of a patient receiving a Zoom! Whitening treatment.

The at-home bleaching requires our patients to come into the office for impressions to be taken of their teeth. These impressions will allow for perfectly fitted, customized trays. The trays are to be worn with the whitening gel overnight until the desired color is reached.

Are interested in a teeth whitening, in need of a dental visit, or curious about anything dentistry related? Call us at (212)581-1091. You can even schedule your appointment by filling out and submitting this simple online form!