5 Teeth-Whitening Techniques that Won’t Break the Bank

By K. Ong

Don’t make others’ first impression of you center on your having stained and yellowing teeth. Wear a bright smile all the time. Here are ways to inexpensively whiten your teeth and create an illusion of whiter teeth.

 

*Stock Up on Over-the-Counter Teeth-Whitening Wares

Invest on good-quality OTC teeth whiteners. Most teeth-whitening strips on the market perform fairly well. Find a brand that works for you, then use the strips along with whitening floss to take care of the spaces between your teeth. Also, don’t underestimate the stain-removing power of an electric toothbrush and good oral hygiene.

 

*Eat Crunchy Fruits

Chewing fibrous fruits and vegetables–such as apples, carrots, celery, lettuce, and peppers–can help whiten your teeth by scrubbing away enamel-staining food molecules before they get embedded deeply into the porous enamel of your teeth. The chewing action also gently rubs away plaque, which contributes to staining.

 

*Use a Straw

Colored beverages, like coffee, fruit juices, soda, and red wine, readily deposit their pigments into your enamel, therefore staining it. Limit your teeth’s contact with staining molecules. Use a straw to sip colored drinks. Then rinse your mouth with water after drinking them.

 

*Know How to Dress and Accessorize for a Much Whiter Teeth

Sparkling, silvery jewelry can effectively accentuate the whiteness of your teeth. Think diamonds, rhinestones, silver, and white gold. Yellow gold jewelry, however, draws attention to the yellowish tones of your teeth enamel.

 

The right clothing colors can also enhance the illusion of whiter teeth. Crisp whites can emphasize subtly yellow or stained teeth, while off-whites or cream shades do not.

 

*Wear the Right Lipstick Shade

Make your teeth appear significantly whiter by wearing cool-toned lipstick. Shades of purple or red flecked with subtle undertones of blue effectively create an illusion of your teeth being whiter than they actually are. Nudes and warm hues, on the other hand, make your teeth appear yellowish. Coral and orange lipstick shades, in particular, exacerbate the unsightly appearance of stained teeth. Choose lipstick colors carefully if your teeth are stained or not too white.

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