Combine first kisses, a mouth full of metal, and your average middle schooler's insecurities, and you've got a recipe ripe for dental health obsession. At least, that's when mine started. I became super interested in finding the best natural teeth whitenerswhen braces made my mouth both extremely sensitive and insanely difficult to clean.
It only took about five short and painless years for the braces to come off (maximum level of sarcasm reached), but I still won't use any toothpaste, mouthwash, or whitener that isn't entirely natural. Now, though, I've got other reasons.
If you're concerned about what you put in your body, then what you put in your mouth should matter, too, whether you're swallowing it or not. Natural teeth whiteners include ingredients like charcoal or baking soda which help to remove stubborn stains from the surface of your teeth. But of course, natural or not, make sure not to overdo it — since using whiteners too often or scrubbing at your teeth can weaken your enamel.
Thankfully "natural" is no longer synonymous with being inferior. These teeth whitening alternatives are super up front with their ingredients. And, not only are they natural and pronounceable, but some of them work even better than the traditional options when it comes to achieving a brighter smile.