Are you that person who cringes whenever it’s time to get a picture taken? You are? Well chances are you aren’t exactly psyched about your smile or you’re just not a fan of having your picture taken.
If it’s the former, don’t worry. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, and we’ve totally got you covered.
Did you know that a third of the world’s population is unhappy with their smile? Okay, fine. I just made that statistic up. But, for all we know, I could be right. There are a lot of people around the world who don’t aren’t very comfortable with their smile. A number of these people are fairly convinced that a better set of pearly whites would improve their social life.
And this may be true. Think about it. How many times have you untagged yourself from a picture on Facebook or refused to upload it because you didn’t like your smile in the picture?
And then, of course, bad teeth are a huge turn-off. I mean who wants to crush on someone whose smile doesn’t “brighten the room” so to say?
And even if you think you’re a workaholic and your smile’s effect on your social life doesn’t matter, it’s probably best you think again. You may be missing out on a number of professional opportunities because of poor dentition.
Am I being a buzz kill? I don’t think so. I’m just trying to level with you.
See, a lot of people nowadays don’t think it’s important to the things necessary for having a healthy smile and that isn’t really so awesome. Your teeth need regular care and attention. You can’t just disregard them and expect them to shine brighter than the pearly gates. But that’s a discussion for another day.
Thanks to dedicated professionals around the world, orthodontic treatments have come a long way in recent years. You are now presented with innovative options such as clear aligner trays, lingual braces, and ceramic braces and healthy teeth can be achieved at any age. Yay!
Maybe you don’t want to go as far as a professional treatment; you just want a quick fix for that night out or a group photo that’s coming up.
Why don’t you try these neat little tricks from Nancy Rosen, DDS, a NYC-based cosmetic and reconstructive dentist, and see if your sexy smile doesn’t light up the room.
Dust on Bronzer
Yes, bronzer! Try lightly dusting some bronzer all over your face. This gives you a natural-looking glow and makes the whites of your teeth instantly pop.
Brush and Floss
You already know this combo makes your mouth healthy— which is always a good thing—but it also prevents plaque from building up. And plaque, over time, can cause discoloration.
Wait Before Brushing
Drinking something acidic? It’s advisable to wait 30 minutes before brushing; otherwise you might actually end up brushing the acidity deeper into your teeth. This can erode the enamel, the outside coating that protects your teeth, and make your smile look less white.
Wear a Red Lip
Some of you who are enthusiasts of the new red lipstick trend may have already noticed this. Swiping on a blue-based red lipstick can makes your teeth appear whiter than they really are, since the color contrast (red against white) is so severe. You know… This might actually be why girls are so into it now…
Chew Crunchy Fruits and Veggies
Snacking on crunchy fruits and vegetables, like carrots or apples, also helps keep your teeth looking white. How? The friction caused by chewing these harder foods gently scrapes away any plaque, which leads to staining.
Use a Straw
Drinking, soda, wine, or any colored liquid through a straw helps keep it at bay. You might want to stick to the wine/straw combo at home, though, to avoid weird looks at the bar.
You’ll also want to rinse your mouth out with water after sipping your drink so that your saliva doesn’t stay tinged and stain your teeth more.
Whiten Your Teeth
If you want whiter teeth you have to whiten them—obviously. But a lot of us are on a tight schedule and just can’t find the time. Whitening strips only take five minutes a day to work and won’t cause tooth sensitivity. The result? Brighter pearly whites before you know it. You can pick up a good pack of whitening strips at any good pharmacy. Colgate products are my personal favorite.
I want you to have a smile that makes you feel happy and confident. Always know that there are a variety of options available for you to explore when improving your teeth. Meanwhile, enjoy these tricks and show off your gorgeous smile.
NB: It’s important to go to the dentist every six months for a check-up. Also, cleaning your teeth regularly removes plaque which causes that tell-tale yellow tinges over time, that you can’t physically brush off at home.