I’ve recently had composite bonding in order to fill a gap in the front that had always bothered me a bit. I also had a chip that needed covering up, so the procedure took care of both things in one foul swoop. To complete my mouth makeover, I decided to get some professional whitening, too.
It got me thinking about all the bits and pieces that go into making us each happy with our own smile. From a simple tooth bond like mine – where resin is shaped and polished around an existing tooth to match the surrounding teeth; to whitening toothpastes, and lingual braces – the invisible kind that attach to the back of teeth-nothing like the mouth full of metal that used to be the norm for those hoping to get straight teeth.
Tips for whiter teeth
There are more ways than ever before to make your smile brighter and whiter. But what can you do that doesn’t involve a trip to the orthodontist or your local experienced dental implant provider in Salt Lake City? Here are some simple DIY smile refreshers that you can do for cheap.
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic technique that involves swishing a spoonful of oil-usually coconut, but sometimes sesame or vegetable-around your mouth for twenty minutes. And while that sounds like a long time, the time passes quickly if you swish while in your morning shower and puttering around the house to get ready for the day.
Oil pulling is not just about teeth whitening either. By the recent reports made from Birthorderplus, the benefits of oil pulling range from cavity prevention and better breath, to stronger gums, less jaw pain (no more TMJ!) and help with sleep problems and sinus issues. Some pullers also report lessening of headaches, hangovers, and skin issues like acne and eczema. With rave reviews like that, it’s definitely worth giving it a try.
Red lipstick is the cheapest and quickest option of the bunch! A swipe of a bright red with a blue undertone can make even the yellowest teeth look a few shades whiter. The blue in the lipstick will counteract the yellow of the teeth, resulting in a gleaming white smile-and all for the price of a tube of lipstick. So simple!
Finally, a homemade toothpaste fashioned from vegetable glycerin, bicarbonate of soda, hydrogen peroxide, and a touch of fresh peppermint oil is a quick DIY that can be thrown together and kept by the sink. The simple ingredients will whiten your teeth naturally, and you’ll save money while avoiding all the extra preservatives and sugars that are added to normal, over the counter toothpastes.
So what do you think? Have you tried any of these easy teeth whiteners? Or do you have your own tips and tricks? If you’re looking at having cosmetic work done, I’d highly recommend it. My only regret is that I didn’t have it done sooner!