When it comes to a great look, personally, I think a great smile seals the deal. We all know I have a thing for teeth and smiles. (Seriously, guys, I did a science fair project in grade school about teeth staining). I’m the girl that had braces for seven years straight and the last thing I want throwing off my ‘effortless’ look is my teeth. As an avid coffee drinker, I’ve stained my teeth. You would think based on my scientific grade school experiment, I would have stayed away.
Based on my grade school findings and general research, pretty much any beverage will stain your teeth. Coffee, tea, soda, wine and even WHITE tea can do damage. Since tooth enamel has tiny pits and ridges, beverages and food particles can be embedded into these grooves leaving you with that less than white smile. (Source)
Since most of us (including myself) can’t fathom giving up coffee (I promise this is best for all) or other beverages, there are steps you can take to prevent/correct staining.
My Top Three Tips for With Whiter Smile
1. Regularly brush AND floss.
This is a given. You know it. I know it. Regular brushing and flossing promotes healthy gums and wipes away any leftover food or drink particles that can hang around and stain. When possible, I try to have my morning coffee before I brush my teeth and head to work. This way coffee isn’t on my teeth all day soaking in (gaaah!) If you’re unable to brush after your drink, its recommended to rinse your mouth to help remove any potential pigment.
2. Easy at home whitening
Sometimes we don’t have the luxury of brushing, flossing and/or rinsing after a staining bev. I’m 100% guilty of this, but luckily there are products out there that can help brighten smiles. Smile Brilliant is one of those products that gets it. Its a super easy system that cuts through stains to reveal your naturally white tooth color. LOVE THIS. I’ve mentioned it before, but the last thing I want is to look like Ross from Friends with his glow in the dark teeth.
I’ve been using Smile Brilliant’s teeth whitening system since August and it has significantly kept my teeth in check. Big deal as when it comes to products, I’m someone that doesn’t stick to things if they aren’t convenient and/or if I don’t see the benefit. You can see the beginning of my journey in this post. To say I was floored is an understatement. It actually still continues to amaze me. If you’re someone with sensitive teeth like me, don’t worry! There’s desensitizing gel which is literal comfort in a tube.
I’m almost at the year mark of using this system to whiten and brighten and I can’t tell you how easy it is to incorporate this system into your routine. Pop your trays in while you take a shower, spring clean, or my favorite, do your hair + makeup.
3. A great lipstick.
A shade can make or break the color of your teeth. Reds are obviously a great go-to because of their blue undertones. Lipsticks with blue undertones will bring out the whiteness of teeth, while ones with warmer undertones will bring out the yellowness in teeth.
I promise you, these are the easiest little things to implement for a white smile. If you’re interested in my secret weapon (Smile Brilliant) I highly recommend you check it out! You can learn more + order on their site here or learn more about my experience here.
I’m off to have a cup of coffee, followed by a little brush + floss and Smile Brilliant! Lots going on this weekend.