We’d all love a stunning, show-stopping smile, and now it’s easier than ever to make your smile stand out. Here are eight tips to help you do just that:
#1 Keep up the Cleaning
Good cleaning techniques are the number one way to keep your teeth sparkling and preserve their natural whiteness. Brush twice on a daily basis using fluoride toothpaste. If you don’t know how long you brush for, set a two-minute timer and make sure you cover each corner of the mouth.
#2 Go Easy On Wine
Your diet has an impact on the way your smile looks as well as your oral health. There are certain foods and drinks that can severely discolour your teeth over time. Red and white wine, blueberries, blackberries, coffee and tea are well known for staining the teeth. If you struggle to make it through the morning without your cup of Joe or you love nothing more than a glass of red to wind down in the evening, make sure you protect your pearly whites by drinking a glass of water afterwards. This will help to reduce the risk of discolouration.
#3 Give Your Skin a Gorgeous Glow
Many people feel better with tanned skin, and a tan can even make your teeth look whiter. If you’re not jetting off to warmer climes this summer, why not give self-tanning a go? Always carry out a skin patch test before trying a new product and wear a tanning mitt to prevent the palms of your hands from going orange!
#4 Eat Strawberries
Strawberries are not just a delicious summery snack, they also work as an effective stain removal treatment. Eating strawberries removes surface stains from the teeth and makes them look whiter, giving your smile a real boost. These sparkly results are courtesy of the abrasive surface of the skin on strawberries.
#5 Book a Whitening Session
If you’d love to show off a flawlessly white smile this summer, nothing produces results quite like a professional whitening treatment. These are available at cosmetic dental clinics like Sparkle Dental Boutique and use bleaching agents to lighten the shade of your teeth. This creates a much whiter smile that will make you look and feel stunning. You can choose from in-chair treatments or a kit to use at home.
#6 Use Floss
Flossing is the best way to target areas prone to discolouration because it cleans places frequently missed when you brush your teeth, i.e. the gum line and gaps between your teeth. Flossing removes bacteria and leftover bits of food from the mouth. This reduces the risk of plaque formation and helps to prevent staining and bad breath. Flossing takes a little bit of getting used to if you’ve never done it before, but once you’ve perfected the technique you’ll have an easy and effective way of keeping your teeth sparkly white.
#7 Drink Plenty of Water
Drinking water helps to reduce the power of staining agents and is a godsend to those of us who love strongly coloured foods and drinks. Drinking water after a cup of coffee, for example, is highly recommended for reducing the risk of discolouration, neutralising acids in the mouth and reducing the threat of plaque acids that attack and erode the enamel.
#8 Choose Bright Lipstick Shades
Nothing makes a smile stand out in a crowd quite like a dash of bright red or pink lipstick, so be bold! If you’re after a stand-out lip colour, keep the rest of your make-up subtle and let your smile be the star of the show.