How to get whiter teeth

Whiter teethThere's no two ways around it: yellow teeth just aren't cute. Check out these quick and surprising tips below from leading professionals in the industry.

Brush and floss!
This combo makes your mouth healthy because it helps prevents plaque from building up. And plaque, over time, can cause discoloration.Toothbrush and floss

Use a blue-toned lip gloss.
When you apply a cool-toned color, like a subtly-tinted blue or purple gloss, on your lips, it creates the illusion that your teeth are brighter and whiter. Why? Because white, the color of your teeth, is also a cool tone, so the gloss acts as a frame illuminating them.

Wait before brushing.

grapefruitDo you enjoy drinking grapefruit juice? Something acidic? You should wait about 30 minutes before brushing your teeth. If you don’t you could end up actually brushing the acidity deeper into your teeth and doing so can erode the enamel, the outside coating that protects your teeth, making your smile look less white.

Wear a red lip.
If you're not into gloss, swiping on a cool-toned, blue-based red lipstick also makes your teeth appear more brilliant and brighter than they really are. It is only because the color contrast (red against your white teeth) is so severe.

Munch crunchy fruits and veggies.
Snacking on crunchy fruits and vegetables, like peppers or apples, also helps keep your teeth looking white. How?  The friction caused by chewing these harder foods can help gently scrape away any plaque, which leads to staining.

Try use a straw.
Drinking soda, wine or any colored liquid through a straw helps keep it controlled. However, you might want to stick to the wine/straw combo at home, to avoid awkward looks.

If you are out on the town and you have had some wine or soda, head to the bathroom and rinse your mouth out with water after sipping your drink, so that your saliva doesn't stay tinged and stain your teeth even more.

Whiten your teeth.
If you want whiter teeth you have to whiten them. That's obvious, right? But sometimes we just can't find the time. These strips only take five minutes a day to work and claim they won't cause tooth sensitivity. The result? Brighter, whiter teeth before you know it.

Crest 3D White Whitestrips 5 Minute Touch-Ups with Stain Shield, from

Schedule regular check-ups.
You should already know that it's important to go to the dentist every six months for a check-up. Getting your teeth cleaned every six months helps remove plaque, which causes that tell-tale yellow tinge over time that you can't physically brush off at home.

So we hope these tips on getting your teeth whiter helps you. Let us know if you have any other tips… keep shining.

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