Perfect your bridal smile with these fab tips from Instant Whites, for caring for your mouth and achieving naturally whiter teeth…
Don’t let stained teeth ruin your wedding photos! If your teeth aren’t quite as white as you’d like them to be, there are
some things you can try at home for a whiter smile. Read these top tips from Instant Whites for whiter teeth in time for
the big day.
Brush and floss your teeth
Brushing and flossing play an essential role in maintaining healthy teeth and gums, keeping teeth clean and white. Failing to keep up on these habits allows staining and tooth decay to creep in, both of which cause discolouration. Flossing is just as important, there are also stains between your teeth too.
Also remember that these habits promote gum health as well. If your gums are red and puffy, it doesn’t matter how white your teeth are, your smile will not look healthy.
Rinse with water after meals
Rinsing immediately after eating will remove leftover food or residue from your teeth which will help prevent staining and decay. This is an especially good idea if you’re away from home and can’t squeeze in a good tooth-brushing.
Eat crunchy foods
Crunchy foods will remove many of the sugars and chemicals that cause stains and cavities. It’s the sticky foods that are your main culprits.
“An apple a day keeps the doctor and the dentist away’’ – Apples are known to contain tartaric acid, which is a chemical actually used in teeth whitening products to dissolve stains. A few vegetables like cucumbers, broccoli, celery and carrots are also natural simple tooth whiteners. Because they’re crunchy, they get the saliva going, aiding in lessening tooth stains.
Use the power of fruits
Some fruits have powerful teeth whitening abilities. They act as an excellent and simple tooth whitener. Strawberries for instance contain natural whitening agents and are one of the popular home remedies for tooth whitening. Just rub a strawberry onto your teeth or make in to a paste.
Here’s another tip when picking a strawberry to brighten your smile, the riper the strawberry the more gentle it is on the teeth. It is necessary to brush your teeth at least 30 minutes after rubbing strawberry on them, though, because they contain acids and sugars that are also harmful to your teeth. Understanding that tooth enamel is at its weakest state after the consumption of acidic products, whether this be a ‘’fizzy drink or bowl of fruit’’ and so we must remember that brushing during this time is bad for your teeth, wait at least 30 minutes before doing so.
Use baking soda
Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is one of the tooth whiteners that not only whitens but also cleans by removing debris and plaques build up on the tooth surface. It has been used for whitening the teeth for centuries, even before the invention of toothpaste. All you have to do is take a bit of baking soda and prepare a paste by combining it with some water. Rub on to your teeth like you normally would using a toothbrush for at least 2 minutes. Rinse your mouth well after use, removing all the baking soda.
Baking soda is rather abrasive and can erode your enamel, so avoid over indulgence and apply using your finger or with an oral finger wipe. Try this handy and cost effective whitening method twice a week (tops) and two to three times a year.
Eat more cheese
I know it sounds funny, but there are recent studies that actually say that eating a bit of cheese after a meal can potentially help to prevent tooth decay and promote enamel re-mineralization. Milk and yogurt keep teeth sparkling and cavity-free, too, because they contain the minerals calcium and phosphorus, which promote the remineralisation of tooth enamel which can be especially important after using teeth whitening gels and strips.
You may be thinking that strong enamel has nothing to do with a white smile, but it does. It’s the outermost layer of your teeth and, therefore, is not only what you see, but also a protectant. When it becomes stained, it determines the colour of your tooth. Replenishing the calcium and phosphate that builds it up will keep it strong and healthy.
Avoid staining foods
You should try to avoid foods or beverages that stain your teeth. Where possible, you may be able to prevent further staining by making some lifestyle changes. This includes stopping all smoking, and reducing your consumption of tannin-containing beverages – soda, coffee, red wine and tea all contain tannins.
In some cases, you can help keep tannin drinks away from your teeth by drinking them with a straw (do not drink hot liquids through a straw).
The golden rule is anything that can stain a white T shirt can do the same to your teeth, so thinking before you eat not only maintains a healthy you but a healthy smile too.
Safe teeth whitening
Also remember, all of the above are just supplemental methods to whiten your smile — ultimately a very fast and effective way to whiten your teeth is with Instant Whites home or dental whitening systems. You will see an improvement after the very first use and a much whiter smile after just one week. A selection of Instant Whites products use the power of stain removers derived from natural coconut oil and in our opinion is the healthiest and smartest teeth whitening product ever developed. All of the above suggestions will help whiten your teeth and won’t cost you a lot to add to your daily regimen. Just remember to talk to your dentist before you try any at-home remedies to make sure they won’t damage your teeth.
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