Are your pearly whites not as pearly as you remembered them to be? It’s not the lighting! With each decade that we age, our teeth can become 1 to 2 shades darker. This is because teeth become thinner and more transparent as we age thus making the inner layer look darker. Since teeth absorb colored liquids such as coffee, cola, tea and red wine, they become contributing factors to the dulling of your smile as well.
Try out these simple (and natural!) tips to whiten your smile:
1. Grab a Sweet Treat
Fruits are mother nature’s Crest white strips because they contain acids which oxidize the stains from your teeth. Some good bets include strawberries, apples, and pears. Just by eating one apple, you can often see some instant stain removal. (Just beware of lemons, their acids are too strong and have the potential to eat away at the enamel of your teeth.)
2. Sip With A Straw
Simple enough right? Drinking out of a cup means that everything in your glass will pass over your teeth. Instead sip from a straw to avoid added stains and to maintain the brightness of your teeth.
3. Chomp Away
Naturally chewy snacks, like raisins or sugar free gum, encourage the production of saliva which acts as a natural mouthwash, thereby washing away stains and left behind food particles.
4. Get Electric
Another great way to keep teeth as white as possible is to use an electric toothbrush. The rpm built into each one is designed to break up the stains that manual toothbrushes cannot remove.
5. Get Dolled Up
The perfect lipstick shade can fake a brighter smile. Reds and berries are the best lip colors for making the white in your teeth stand out along with shiny and nude glosses which work to reflect against graying enamel. Avoid coral, yellow-toned red, and pale pink lipsticks as they make your smile appear duller and play up the yellow in your teeth.
Remember nothing beats having regular teeth cleanings since dental hygienists are trained to remove stubborn stains!