Four tips to get natural looking white teeth
By ESTHER MUCHENE |
1 month ago
Have you ever looked in the mirror and noticed that your once white teeth have now turned into a shade of yellow? Maybe you’ve even had the humiliating experience of someone pointing out that your teeth are starting to look brown.
Whether we like to admit it or not, having nice white teeth is a desire that we all have.
It’s a confidence enhancer because your smile is meant to draw people in instead of chasing them away.
When you start to feel as if you’re getting all the wrong attention because of your teeth, it does something to your self-esteem and can negatively affect your social interactions in the long run.
For this and other reasons, good, healthy and white teeth are a must have.
If you’re struggling with discolored teeth, we have some great solutions to restore your beautiful smile in no time. Do this:
- Limit staining foods and drinks
I have some bad news for all the coffee and wine lovers out there. These drinks are known to stain teeth, which can take a long time to clear.
The same goes for some fruits like blueberries and other vibrantly colored fruits as well as spices like turmeric, which we almost always add to every meal while cooking.
Staining foods and drinks are of the number one cause of discolored teeth so if you want to at least brighten your teeth to a few shades lighter, you can adjust how often you consume them.
- Try baking soda
Baking soda is a trusted home ingredient that has proven to significantly clear stains. It acts as a mildly abrasive exfoliator which is a great solution for light stains like coffee stains.
You can use it by mixing it with water into a paste and gently brushing your teeth.
However, it’s not recommended that you use baking soda more than twice a week because it can damage the protective layers on your teeth.
It also doesn’t get rid of the tougher stains so it’s not a solution if you’re dealing with the hard to remove stains that have built up over time.
- Brush regularly
Aside from the tinted foods that can cause dullness, not taking care of your teeth well is another known reason for the same problem.
It’s recommended that we brush at least twice a day and floss to keep plaque away. Plaque buildup coats your teeth with bacteria and a thick yellow deposit making your teeth look discolored.
As a preventative measure, never skip your brushing routine.
- Use whitening toothpaste
The type of toothpaste you use can also help you get whiter teeth. Since you already have to brush every day, you can also incorporate toothpaste that will keep your teeth healthy while brightening them at the same time.
This is a great alternative if you’re not a fan of whitening kits and strips and it’s something that only takes a few minutes to do.
Test different brands like baking soda infused toothpaste and see which one works for you.
If everything else fails, try a whitening procedure. The easiest way to get the exact results you want is by getting it done professionally.
It’s quicker and safer as compared to many at home ingredients that are harsh on your teeth and to be honest take quite some time.
Although these procedures can be a bit costly, they’re still worth it. This could be your most effective option if everything else isn’t working.
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