We all want whiter teeth. But the truth is, the older we get, the more yellow our teeth become. Food and drink stains don’t help matters either. But don’t fret! If your teeth aren’t as pearly white as they once were, there are ways to reverse the damage.
According to Women’s Health Magazine, there are several ways to get a naturally brighter smile without shelling out a lot of cash.
- Eat Better- Foods high in cellulose, like apples, carrots and celery, are naturally abrasive and gently remove stains. Other foods that have high mineral compounds, like broccoli, spinach and lettuce, form a film over teeth to prevent staining.
- Use Baking Soda- Dip your toothbrush in baking soda and scrub. However, limit this technique to once a week as over-use can cause damage to tooth enamel.
- Pick a Different Shade of Lipstick- Cool colors, like blue-based reds, pinks and purples, can make your teeth look whiter without any effort. Warm colors, however, like yellow, orange and brown, can actually make yellow teeth more prominent.
At-home whitening kits, like Crest 3D White 2-Hour Express Whitestrips can also be effective, especially if you want immediate results. These strips normally retail for around $40 at most stores like Wal-Mart and Target. What we like best about these strips? You can drink water while you wear them!
Whitening mouthwash, like Listerine Whitening, can also be a good addition to your normal teeth-cleaning regimen. Formulated to help prevent additional staining, this mouthwash not only whitens, but gives you fresh breath at the same time!