In a perfect world, everyone would have gleaming pearly whites all the time (and coffee/cigarettes/red wine would have zero staining powers). But alas, we do not live in a perfect world and our teeth will take pretty much any reason to go from bright and white to dull and yellow.
Luckily, you don’t need to get a pricey, painful treatment to get a whiter smile. I mean, okay. That will probably be the most effective route…but that don’t mean it’s the only one. We have 5 more for you to try right here.
Baking soda: Much like a face masque, this simple, DIY solution will strip some of that yellow off your teeth. All you have to do is mix half a teaspoon of baking soda with some water to form a paste, then spread the mixture over your teeth with a toothbrush. Brush your teeth for 2 minutes, rinse your mouth, swish some mouthwash and repeat this process every other day for a about two weeks.
Strawberries: Strawberries contain an acid that whitens teeth, meaning a paste of this fruit can really whiten your smile effectively. Mix a paste of one strawberry and half a spoon of baking soda (again) and apply to your teeth with a toothpaste. Leave this on for 5 minutes, then brush it off with regular toothpaste.
Coconut oil: Is there anything this miraculous oil can’t do? Apparently in addition to giving you gorgeous skin and hair, it can also make your teeth look amazing. All you need to do is take a spoon full of this oil, swish it around in your mouth for a few minutes. Brush as usual when you’re done.
Whitening strips: This is sort of no-brainer, but with all the high-tech whitening treatments out there, it’s easy to forget about good old whitening strips. They’re really pretty effective, especially if you want to whiten in a way that’s subtle and not ridiculously sudden- the other advantage of this treatment over a treatment like Zoom? It’s painless and not too expensive.
The right shade of lipstick: Believe it or not, certain lip shades can make your smile look brighter in comparison. Look for shades with blue undertones – shades of red, wine and pink look especially great – it’s just the blue undertone that’s key.
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