You might practise good oral hygiene, but there’s no guarantee that you’ll have pearly whites. Having white teeth is not just about brushing your teeth after every meal – it’s more than that. You might have healthy gums and teeth, but still have stained teeth due to your choice of food. But the good news is, you don’t have to spend thousands on teeth whitening treatments and products. Here are three ways to get whiter teeth.
Berries, wine, tea, coffee, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar and curry all have a high content of condensed tannins. These compounds react strongly with the enamel proteins on the tooth surface, giving teeth a yellowish-brown look. Nice.
Colour your lips
For years, the trick to a whiter smile meant you had to wear lipstick with a blue or purple undertone. Up for a red lip? Go for MAC Cosmetic’s Ruby Woo. If you prefer something lighter, go for a sheer glossy pink.
Visit the dentist
“Teeth usually gets darker with age,” says Dr Jeffrey Albert of Sydney Dental Professionals. “Have them cleaned at least once every six months and you’ll minimise the need for them to be whitened. People who are after white teeth tend to brush them extra hard in the belief that it’ll make them whiter. In actual fact, they’re making them darker! Enamel, the outer layer of the tooth, is the whitest part. Brushing too hard wears it away, allowing the yellow inner layer, the dentine, to become more visible, hence the darkness.”
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Text: Rachael Mannell
Additional text: Hidayah Idris