Thursday, June 9, 2011

Smile Brigher, Feel Happier: The Secrets to a Whiter Smile

            As always, consider what you put into your mouth before you do it. Dark foods sit on your teeth the longest and have the ability to seep through your enamel causing staining. The main foods to be wary about are: coffee, red wine, tobacco, and tea. If you drink any of these, simply wash your teeth afterwards to prevent it from soaking through your enamel.

            Another way for a simple, whiter smile is teeth whitening or teeth bleaching. Teeth whitening brings your teeth back to its natural color, removing a degree of stains and debris. Teeth bleaching, which is more expensive and leads to higher teeth sensitivity, breaks into the molecules in the tooth to penetrate the stain and has longer results.
            At LAE Beauty we offer you an effective and low-cost teeth-whitening solution. You can purchase two 20-minute back-to-back sessions that produce teeth 3-5 shades lighter. This entire procedure is only $99! After this, or another treatment, it is recommended to avoid using abrasive toothpastes or mouthwashes, sodas and fruit juices with high acidity for about two weeks.
            There are certain foods that help keep your teeth white, too. Eating raw fruits and veggies helps create saliva that cleans your teeth. Swish water around your mouth for 30 seconds after each meal and try professional teeth-whitening gums as well (but make sure they are sugarless).

Your local grocery store also has many at-home remedies to try. You can try anywhere from teeth whitening kits, strips, or teeth whitening toothpastes. The old-fashioned teeth whitening trick that uses baking soda and a toothbrush is still a promising element in teeth whitening.

            Electric toothbrushes may do a better job at removing teeth stains rather than traditional toothbrushes. The key to maintaining a white smile is brushing your teeth and flossing daily. The minimum is brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once. However for healthier and brighter results, brush after every meal and snack to avoid staining your teeth.

            Your yearly dentist check-ups also lead to whiter teeth. The professional cleaning methods dentists use brighten up your smile using polishes and abrasion.

“If you can make a girl smile, you can make her do anything” –Marilyn Monroe

Other things to avoid
If you have had lots of dental work, be careful with teeth whitening. Unnatural teeth will stand out among naturally whitened teeth. Also, avoid whitening your teeth too much (more than once a year, depending on the method) it could lead your teeth to become more translucent and wearing away enamel. 
One of the biggest no-no’s told by professionals is smoking. Tobacco stains teeth more than other products and penetrates teeth the furthest, making it harder to whiten. Smoking also could lead to gum disease (gingivitis), bad breath, and a higher chance of oral cancer.
            Sports drinks and lemonades can also erode tooth enamel. To avoid this from happening, don’t sip on these drinks for too long and rinse out your mouth with water afterwards.

Don’t be afraid to smile, and don’t be afraid to be beautiful.

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