Did you know that 18 percent of people make an effort to conceal their smile in photos because they aren’t confident about their smile? Everyone wants a smile that is whiter and brighter, and it seems like there are a million and one whitening products out on the market today. But did you know that these four simple tricks and tips can actually help you to whiten your teeth?
1. Eat more fruit.
Believe it or not, fruits are actually an easy and effect way to brighten up your smile, especially citrus fruits. The acids oxidize the stains on teeth, helping them to look whiter and brighter. So stock up on strawberries, apples, pears, and oranges — your teeth will thank you! Catherine Zeta Jones reportedly rubs her teeth with strawberries to maximize the whitening power of fruit.
2. Drink with a straw.
When you drink straight out of a cup or a mug, everything passes over your teeth. If you are drinking liquids like tea, coffee, or cola, they can easily stain your teeth. By drinking through a straw, you can minimize your teeth’s exposure to these potentially damaging liquids.
3. Invest in an excellent toothbrush.
The right toothbrush is one of the most important ways to keep your smile in tip-top shape. Choose one with soft bristles, and make sure you replace it regularly. Some research has suggested that an electric toothbrush may help you to get an even more effective brush.
4. Talk to your dentist about whitening treatments.
If you are looking for something a bit more powerful than a natural whitening remedy, you may want to consider talking with your dentist about potential whitening treatments. Many of these treatments are easy, cost effective, and quick. In-office laser whitening treatments can typically be done in roughly half an hour. Custom-fit take-home trays are an option that can be reused, and your dentist can likely also recommend commercial whitening strips. All in all, there are a number of different excellent options out there to help you whiten and brighten your smile. Your dentist can help you to figure out which of these options is right for you.