April 23, 2012

Your Smile: Your Best Fashion Accessory

When you're going through beauty treatments to help you stay healthy and look your best, you are undoubtedly aware of your hair and skin, but don't forget about your teeth! Your smile is one of your best fashion accessories, and bright teeth can make you really shine when you smile or laugh.

smiling face teeth

Visit the Dentist Your dentist can offer the most powerful tooth-whitening treatments, with chairside bleaching that you do at the dental office or trays that you fill with a tooth whitening product at home.

Dental insurance sometimes offers partial coverage for treatments, so be sure to check your policy to see if you can get whitening treatments at a reduced cost. After all, what can be better than saving money and getting pearly white teeth?

Do It Yourself If you find that you don’t have time to make it to the dentist but would still like a glossy grin, there are plenty of do-it-yourself options. These at-home methods are best if you have a healthy mouth, and you’ve seen your dentist within the past year.

Whitening strips can lighten the color of your teeth by a shade or two and are really easy to use at home. Just be sure to use them a week or two before an important occasion because some people experience slightly spotty teeth or gums the first time they try whitening.

Brushing your teeth with a whitening toothpaste can help clean away surface stains, which is especially important if you drink coffee or tea on a regular basis. Flossing also helps your gums look healthy, which is another important part of your smile.

More than Just Brushing Did you know that the lipstick you wear can affect how your teeth look? Lipsticks with blue tones make your teeth look whiter, whereas lipsticks with yellow or orange tones will bring out any yellowness in your teeth. Choosing berry colors and rich reds will make you appear to have s whiter smile.

Additionally, having an even complexion allows your teeth to shine. This can be achieved by cleansing and moisturizing, followed by light foundation or loose powder. If it's a sunkissed glow you're going for, nix the foundation altogether and go for the gold.

One final, quirky quick fix is to rub red food coloring on your gums with a soft-bristled toothbrush. By making your gums appear a healthy shade of red, your teeth appear whiter in contrast. This trick has been used by professional makeup artists the world over.

There is one thing that is perhaps more important than all of these beauty tips. Don't forget to actually smile! When you let your guard down and actually smile and laugh, this is more appealing than having perfect teeth but hiding them when you're out.

Whether you're looking for a long-term solution or a quick fix before heading out to a special event, there are several things you can do to whiten your teeth and make your smile more appealing. Whether you decide to allow a trained professional to do it, or you do it yourself (with the help of clever makeup tricks), you're sure to have the smile of your dreams.

(Guest Post by Ashley)

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