A beautiful smile is often the first thing people see. When first impressions matter, it's time to put your best smile forward. This list ranges from oral hygiene products to cosmetic products that will get your gorgeous mouth the attention it deserves.
For Your Mouth
Whitening Strips or Professional Whitening
If you’re embarrassed of your yellowing teeth, use whitening strips once a day for 30 minutes and you'll see a noticeable difference within just a few days. Results, depending on the brand and quality, will last for around 6 months—so touch-ups will be required. If white strips just won’t do it for you, we recommend getting in to see a dentist. Why? Because they have more intensive and longer-lasting options for teeth whitening such as ZOOM! which is “a common in-office whitening procedure,” according to Hoosier Dental, which results in “dramatically whiter teeth that will last for years.”
Activated Charcoal Powder
If you’re struggling with stains, charcoal is the tool to use. It's safe if you accidentally swallow some and less harsh than bleach. Charcoal is also known to reduce mouth odors. Charcoal works by binding to surface stains and removing them from the tooth's surface when you rinse. They keyword here is surface stains; 123 Dentist explains that “activated charcoal does not change the colour of teeth that are deeply stained or naturally yellowing.” Activated charcoal powder is not a miracle worker; it is a means to lift recent stains and to prevent stains from building up over time.
Using an electric toothbrush over a manual one has been proven to clean teeth much more efficiently. In one study cited by Consumer Reports, electric brushes reduced plaque by 21% and gingivitis by 11% in individuals that brushed with them consistently for 3 months, as opposed to those who used regular brushes. Of all the different kinds of electric brushes, the ones that appeared most effective were heads with rotating, oscillating brushes. So if you’re looking to really boost the appearance of your teeth and the health of your mouth, electric is the way to go.
Using a mouthwash is proven to lead to better overall gum and tooth health. Not only does mouthwash kill bacteria and plaque responsible for halitosis, or bad breath, did you know that it also strengthens your tooth enamel and prevents cavities? Always look for a mouthwash with fluoride and without alcohol to get the best benefits from your mouthwash.
You've heard from your dentist how important flossing is to your overall mouth hygiene. Flossing between the teeth is important for preventing plaque buildup and yellow stains. If you find it hard to stay motivated to floss, then floss picks are an easy solution for you. They are cheap, they make reaching the spaces between your teeth so much easier (especially the ones in the back of the mouth), and they are easy to carry on-the-go.
For Your Lips
Your beautiful, white smile isn't going to impress anyone if you've got crusty, dry lips surrounding it. Using an exfoliating lip scrub followed by a balm or oil treatment will save your dry lips. Adore Beauty says “Excess dead skin and dryness on the lips can also cause premature ageing. If you want a youthful complexion, you need healthy-looking, youthful lips to boot. Hydrating efficiently after a good lip scrub is the best form of anti-ageing care for the lips, aside from sunscreen, of course.” Using a lip scrub regularly will help keep your lips looking plump and youthful for a long time.
If you’re going out for a night-on-the-town or you have a long hard day of work ahead, then lip primer is your new best friend. It helps the texture of your lipstick stay natural and beautiful, it makes liquid lipsticks feel more comfortable, and plus it gives the vivid color of your lipstick stamina (even after meals and snacks). Be warned: not all lip primers are created equal. Make sure to read the review of a primer product before you purchase.
There are more shades of lipstick available today than ever before, but we recommend sticking with a sultry red. There’s hardly a look more stunning. To give the illusion that your smile is whiter than it really is, try a blue-based red, a beautiful classic that will have a whitening effect on the appearance of your teeth. If possible, avoid peach-based colors as they will make any yellow hues in your smile stand out. However, you should also take into account the color and undertones of your skin in order to find a shade that is flattering.
Whether it's a job interview or your first date, try these tips to give your smile that boost it needs. And don’t forget: smile with confidence!