Whether being stirred into your oatmeal, smashed by your toddler, or plopped into your bowl of ice cream, bananas are one of the most widely consumed fruits in the world. High in valuable nutrients such as potassium and fiber, we can all agree that bananas are a healthy addition to most diets. However, after you’ve eaten this nutritious snack, could there be additional benefits in the peel?
Banana Peel Teeth Whitening: What Is It?
Banana peel teeth whitening is just what it sounds like: it is simply taking the inside of a banana peel and gently rubbing it around and on your teeth for about two minutes. Some people claim that the amount of minerals in bananas and their peels cause the fruit to whiten teeth. Proponents of this home teeth-whitening remedy assert that after doing this for 2-3 weeks, you will begin seeing positive results.
But Does It Actually Work?
Although the procedure may sound great because it’s cheap, easy, and convenient, there is little to no evidence that it actually works. Based solely off of personal testimonies and informal demonstrations found on social media and YouTube, the American Dental Association does not corroborate the claim that banana peels can actually whiten your teeth.
So What Will Give Me A Brighter Smile?
Maintaining a consistent oral care routine where you are brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing once a day can help improve the whiteness of your teeth. It will also help keep your smile bright and beautiful by visiting your dentist twice a year to get a routine dental cleaning. There are also special teeth whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes that can help whiten your teeth.
For those looking for more dramatic results, at Cornerstone Family Dentistry we offer several other options for teeth whitening.
Boost Whitening – $40
This option will whiten your teeth 1-2 shades lighter. This is great to do after every cleaning to give you smile an extra boost. This is a great place to start if you are considering more dramatic whitening options.
Deluxe Whitening – $175
For more dramatic whitening, try the In-Office Hour Whitening. This option is ideal if you have a special event coming up and you want more noticeable results.
At Home Whitening Kit – $150
For those who prefer to whiten their teeth in the comfort of their own home, the At Home Whitening Kit is a great option. You will still receive great results, and you can use them at your convenience.
In-Office Hour Whitening with At Home Whitening Kit – $325
For patients wanting a dramatic boost and ongoing treatment, we offer the In-Office Hour Whitening with At Home Whitening Kit.
Refill Tubes – $30
For patients utilizing the At Home Whitening Kit, we gladly provide tube refills for ongoing treatment.
We would love to talk to you about our different options, so please make an appointment with us today!