We understand that your anti-aging skincare regime takes priority in your beauty efforts, but a surefire way to give away your age is with stained, yellow teeth that also make your skin look dull when you bare them. So make the most of your perma-grin with a few simple changes that will keep the stains away and help your whitening efforts last longer.
Schedule a dentist appointment: We’re not trying to wag a finger at you, but we all fall victim to a busy schedule that doesn’t allow for dentist appointments. Before the Friday workday is finished, schedule that dental checkup that you keep pushing off. The old standard of two visits a year may not be enough for stained teeth, especially if you’re subject to more tartar buildup than others. Also, now would be a good time to check out some long-lasting in-office whitening options like prescription bleaching trays or a light-assisted bleaching treatment that can last up to two years if you maintain good habits.
Pass on the vino: If that glass of red wine is calling your name at dinner, be more proactive and switch to a drink that lacks color (if it can stain your white shirt, it can stain your teeth). Also, consider taking the weekend off of tea and coffee to give your teeth a rest. If you do imbibe in any of these drinks, follow with a few glasses of water to wash away the extra pigment.
Chomp on nature’s toothbrush: Did you know that some foods actually act as astringents on your teeth? Apples, pears, strawberries, oranges and grapefruits all have stain-fighting properties. Crunchy veggies like broccoli, celery and root vegetables will also help exfoliate stains and plaque from you teeth. So skip the wings when you’re watching the Super Bowl with friends and hit the veggie plate instead.
Whiten on the road: If you’re on-the-move, but want to brighten up your smile on the spot, try a whitening pen like GO SMiLE On-The-Go Teeth Whitening Pen ($22) with a brush applicator that’s simple to use and may produce results in as few as two applications.
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