Even though we’re taught to never judge a book by its cover, we also tell everyone that first appearances matter. How you look, dress, and act could send a message out to people you meet for the first time about who you are as an individual.
A large part of those first appearances is the physical aspect. While you may not be able to control whether or not you have Hollywood celebrity-like good looks, you will be able to control some other factors. Well-combed hair is a great start as well as respecting general hygiene rules. Another factor is the presence of a great smile.
A great smile comes from constant care, making sure you don’t eat too much sugary foods, and the bi-annual trips to the dentist.
Along with dental care, many people strive to have that pearly white smile.
When it comes to achieving that white smile, there are plenty of different ways to go about bringing on that brightness. Below, we’re going to outline six different ways you can make sure your teeth are as white as possible.
The Natural Way
It goes without saying that you should be brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash every day, whether or not you are trying to achieve the perfect, white smile.
In addition to your natural dental care, there are also a few natural ways you can go about improving your teeth’s color.
One of those ways is by brushing your teeth with baking soda. Yes, it sounds somewhat disgusting but while no studies have pointed to it actually making your teeth whiter, toothpastes with baking soda have yielded better results. They can also help remove plaque.
Another common way is with apple cider vinegar which helps kill bacteria and clean your mouth. It’s also been shown to have a bleaching effect.
As always, you should make sure you’re staying away from sugary foods and drinks while eating as many fruits and vegetables as possible.
A New Toothbrush and Toothpaste
While all toothbrushes and toothpaste come with the goal to clean your teeth, there are others that are more inclined to whiten up your smile.
Electric toothbrushes tend to do better in this area, as they are more efficient at covering the whole tooth and don’t need as much pressure applied to them.
While there are no “tooth-whitening” toothpastes out there, there are some that work better than others. Those with creamier textures or charcoal products are more likely to help whiten your teeth. You have to get them as black as possible before you bring out that shine!
While you may not have heard of Lumineers before, you have no doubt heard of their dental cousins veneers. While the two are quite similar in their overall scope, lumineers are the safe and better option for many.
They are custom-made covers for your teeth that help cover up stains and discoloration. The procedure is non-invasive and the effects are immediate. In addition, Lumineers don’t require any part of your teeth to be shaved off like veneers do. Many dentists recommend Lumineers as it is the longer lasting, safer option.
Teeth Whitening Strips
You can pick up a pack of these at your local supermarket or pharmacy. Application and use is incredibly easy, as you’ll just have to take them out of the box and apply them quickly.
They’re inexpensive and require almost no preparation. The downside to these strips is that their effects are rarely long-lasting. While most people wear them for two weeks at a time, discoloration or staining tends to come back pretty quickly. If you go this route, be prepared to use them on a more regular basis.
Teeth Whitening Gel
Similar to strips, gel is pretty easy to find and can be bought over the counter or by consulting your dentist.
While strips have a “one-size-fits-all” approach, gels can be applied or used in many different ways. They’re pretty easy to use and just require a steady hand before application
Gels are also a bit more restrictive than strips when applied. You have to keep your mouth closed, can’t drink anything, and you must refrain from eating for some time. Some report discomfort when the gel comes into contact with the gums.