Is it possible to have pearly white teeth? Experts say it is! You don’t need to spend a fortune in order to make your smile sparkling white. In fact, you can do it in your own home and achieve results quickly. Here are our top tips to get whiter teeth:
Cut out activities that stain your teeth
A couple of factors can impact the color of your teeth. While some of these issues can’t be changed (e.g. ageing) others are completely within your control. By making some lifestyle changes, you can be on your way to whiter teeth even faster than you had planned. Here are some of the key culprits:
- Smoking / tobacco – it’s just not healthy!
- Consumption of soda, alcohol or other drinks that are high in acid – drink your soda through a straw so that the beverage avoids your teeth
- Regular consumption of certain foods such as curry and other sauces
- Part of the ageing process – there is not much you can do about this, but taking good care of your teeth now will pay dividends later
Tooth Whitening Strips
Tooth whitening strips are one of the easiest methods to whiten your teeth. Simply peel and apply directly to your teeth and leave them on for about 30 minutes. You will be able to see visible results within 2 weeks of daily use. If you’re in Europe it might take a bit longer as there are fewer active ingredients in whitening products here than in the USA. This is due to regulation of these products. You have to be careful as this might make your teeth super sensitive (some of the team have experienced this). We’ve found that a good time to put on the strips is right before you do a 30 minute home workout. Talk about multitasking!
Another method to keep your teeth white is by using whitening toothpaste. This option is much easier to use than strips, as you don’t have to wait around for 30 minutes. Try using any one of these whitening toothpaste options to keep your teeth looking bright:
BlanX Intense Stain Removal (£12.49) contains active ingredients that have been proven to remove stubborn coffee and tobacco stains off your teeth.
White Glo Smokers’ Formula Whitening Toothpaste (£7.99/$14.39) has micro polishing particles that are specially formulated to remove discolouration caused by cigarette smoking and strong coloured food and drinks.
There are two types of bleaching – one that you can do at home or a procedure that is done with a dentist. Bleaching promises to make your teeth up to four shades whiter after the first application. Compared to other whitening products, you can have your pearly whites in an instant. Briyte ® Teeth Whitening Kit (£14.23) is by far one of the best whitening bleach products in the market today. You can see visible results instantly.
Visit the Dentist
Dental experts also conduct tooth whitening services. The cost for this dental procedure varies based on their location and the amount of service you need. Treatment involves a couple of visits to the dentist as well as maintenance at home while undergoing the program. It may be a little more complex compared to the DIY bleaching kits and is generally a bit more expensive. Celebrities usually opt to undergo this procedure before they flash their smile in front of the camera.