Saw a smiley photo of myself the other day. Not proud. When did my teeth get so damn yellow? I just got them whitened a few years ago through BriteSmile (loved), but my coffee habit seems to be upping the ante on my not-so-pearly whites. Since '??tis the season for snapshots and big bright smiles, I had to do something.
My friend swears by Crest 3D White Whitestrips Professional Effects saying that they made her teeth all shiny and white. Although a pricey option (hovering around $50, but you can always find coupons online), I gave the two-hour express kit a shot and they quickly helped brighten and whiten up my teeth for those holiday closeups. But aprÃ©s season, I'm heading back to my dentist for the real whitening deal. Pricy, yes. Awkward, yes. Better than all the rest, yes!
Until then, I discovered a few every day things you can do to keep your teeth white:
Pass the Cheese: When you'??re at that holiday party, hit the cheese plate before the bar. Calcium found in cheese creates a film over teeth and protects them from the acid in wine that can stain them.
Something Fishy: Recent studies show that two servings of fish every week help prevent against gum disease, opt for fish rich in Omega-3s, such as salmon or tuna.
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Pucker Up: Locking lips for a NYE midnight smooch increases saliva production, a natural lubricant that washes away plaque.
Lipstick Choices: A blue-based red lipgloss will make your smile appear whiter and brighter.
Shine On: A simple pair of sparkly earrings can make teeth appear whiter. And avoid gold jewelry, which can exaggerate yellowish tones.
An Apple a Day: Munching on crunchy snacks like apples or celery is as effective as brushing. Raw fruits and veggies are loaded with fiber, a natural abrasive that can help clean teeth.
Sip Through a Straw: Coffee, red wines and dark sodas are main causes of yellowing, so sip your latte or soda through a straw.
Cheryl Fenton is a Boston-based freelance writer, who writes beauty, fashion and fitness for Boston Common, Stuff and Glamour magazines, as well as her own EasyPeasyBlog.com.
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