8 Teeth Whitening Tricks that Actually Work


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They say a person only has three seconds to make a good first impression. Walk up, introduce yourself, 3, 2, 1 and time is up—people have already made up their minds about you. Factor in the fact that a person’s smile is the first thing others notice during social interaction, you’ll find there’s more to teeth than just chompers during chow time.

What is it about white teeth that make people seem more attractive? It goes back to something basic and instinctual. Researchers from the University of Central Lancashire found that teeth are the equivalent of a peacocks feathers and white, evenly spaced teeth reflect good health, hygiene and hitting the genetic lottery. People also associate a good set of teeth with wealth and even youth (whiter teeth can make a person look up to five years younger.)

Keep scrolling to learn more about the 8 Teeth Whitening Tricks that Actually Work!

 
#1: AVOID THESE CULPRITS THAT STAIN YOUR TEETH

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Pigments from dark colored drinks like coffee, tea, wine, acidic sauces and soda have the ability to enter the crevices in the enamel of teeth.

 
#2: USE WHITENING TOOTHPASTE

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Brush your teeth twice a day with toothpaste containing charcoal (try COLGATE TOTAL® CHARCOAL DEEP CLEAN), baking soda (a crowd favorite: ARM & HAMMER™ Advance White™ Extreme Whitening with Stain Defense) or teeth whitening accelerators (such as Closeup Diamond Attraction Power White)

 
#3: QUIT SMOKING

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No-brainer: don’t just quit for whiter teeth.

 
#4: WEAR BLUE-BASED LIPSTICK

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Blue-based lip colors are great for offsetting the yellow tint in teeth. The best red shade? The universally flattering MAC Cosmetics Ruby Woo. As for pink lipstick shades that make teeth appear whiter, Butter London Moisture Matte Lipstick in Dahling is a winner. For the perfect nude shade, try L’Oreal Paris Color Riche in Star Rose.

 
#5: STRATEGICALLY USE ILLUMINATOR TO HIGHLIGHT AROUND YOUR LIPS
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Create the illusion of a brighter smile by outlining your lips with concealer (try Laura Mercier Secret Concealer) and then blending illuminator (check out Benefit Cosmetics Watt’s Up! Highlighter) on the borders of your lips after applying your lip color.

 
#6: MUNCH ON CHEESE OR STRAWBERRIES
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Food rich in protein, calcium, and phosphorus counterbalance acid in the mouth, which makes cheese—especially cheddar—great for stopping stain-causing pigments in their tracks. Meanwhile, stars like Catherine Zeta-Jones swears by munching on strawberries for whiter teeth. The natural astringent paired with the vitamin C in this super fruit also help remove stains from teeth.

 
#7: FLOSS EVERYDAY
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Flossing once a day goes a long way in terms of dental health. This is the best way to prevent plaque and bacteria from building up since it gets through to hard-to-reach places toothbrushing can’t clean.

 
#8: CONSULT A PROFESSIONAL
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Book an appointment with a trusted dental clinic for laser teeth whitening. Metro Dental, for example, provides a top-rated teeth whitening system that can get your teeth one to six shades whiter in just one session.

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