6 Ways to Get a Sexy Smile
By Brittany Burhop Fallon, Beauty Director |
Your smile is hands down one of the most important features on your face. It can make you look confident and youthful, but, if not maintained properly, it can become dull and aged. Your teeth aren’t the only things that matter though—your lips are significant, too. Making sure they are well hydrated can help keep lip lines at bay.
The New Secret to a Younger-Looking Smile
As you age, a loss of collagen can cause your lips to wrinkle and crease. “Collagen loss also causes lips to thin, which may produce asymmetries and give the appearance of an unattractive smile,” says Redondo Beach, CA, cosmetic dentist Michael Fulbright, DDS. Keeping your lips hydrated, as well as utilizing fillers, can help minimize signs of aging and maintain a youthful smile. A new filler we’re hearing about is Restylane Silk, a hyaluronic acid gel that is ideal for those with thin lips—it helps temporarily increase volume to create natural-looking fullness, while also smoothing out wrinkles around the mouth. Patients typically need one or two sessions to see the results, which last about six months.
Your Favorite Cocktail May Be Good For Your Teeth
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry teamed up with professional mixologists to create “Raising the Bar on Healthy Smiles,” a collection of cocktail recipes that feature smile-friendly ingredients. So, when it’s your turn to host the party, stock the bar with these beneficial foods: Strawberries contain malic acid that gives a safe, teeth-bleaching effect; pineapple’s vitamins C and K promote a healing response in the mouth; celery activates saliva production to help remove food particles; and mint leaves, when chewed, can fight the growth of harmful bacteria. To see the recipe list, visit aacd.com/smilebar.
The Ultimate Lip Plumper
Not only does this pout-plumping lip serum claim to boost blood flow to your lips to help give them a fuller look, but it also hydrates with jojoba and avocado oils to keep them feeling supersmooth and soft. Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme, $28, sephora.com
The Lip Line Reducer
The skin on and around the lips is delicate and its condition affects the appearance of your smile. This rich cream is formulated with potent antioxidants to reduce fine lines and wrinkles for a more youthful smile. Le Mieux Eye & Lip Cream, $60, lemieuxcosmetics.com
The At-Home Whitening System
This high-tech device uses gentle microcurrent energy to erase tough tooth stains. For maximum brightening [the company claims it whitens up to 10 shades], wear it for five minutes twice a day for five days. Pearl Brilliant White Ionic Teeth Whitening System, $195, ionicpearl.com
The Natural Smile Brightener
This toothpaste is made with natural ingredients including calcium-rich blue green algae, which helps strengthen teeth and gums, and powerful spearmint and parsley extracts that help keep breath odor-free. The result: a healthier smile. Jason Sea Fresh Antiplaque & Strengthening Toothpaste, $8, jason-personalcare.com