"Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day."
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Your smile is the finishing touch to your overall look. While caps, veneers and whitening kits administered by your dentist are proven ways to produce and maintain a whiter smile, there are also many of other at-home tips that can help you beautify your smile.
The top six indulgences that stain our teeth:
- Red Wine
- Soy Sauce
- Black Tea
- Dark Colored Soda Pop
Stain Reducing Tip: Don't give up things you enjoy (except perhaps smoking) but do try to form a habit of drinking tea, coffee and soda through a straw helping it to bypass your front teeth.
To clean and freshen: Eat germ-killing pineapple, peppermint, aloe and cloves to help keep your mouth healthy and your breath fresh. Chomp on them for a minute, then rinse.
Three at-home whitening methods:
- Brush-On Whitening: Fair Results. Brush on whiteners dissolve and rub off easily with saliva.
- Whitening Strips: Good Results ...But note that strips can strip your enamel, weakening teeth.
- Trays with Bleaching Gels: Best Results. Opt for professional strength tray whiteners as they have the highest concentration of active ingredients.
Don't be discouraged if you do not have stark white teeth, after all, stark white is not their natural color. Just keep your mouth healthy and grin as often as possible, that will help you radiate beyond what any beauty treatment can accomplish.