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                 10 Commandments for
            WHITE TEETH

                       By Solana Hawkenson

There are many causes for yellowing teeth, and just as many solutions to consider. Whether you have a large beauty budget, or prefer beauty bargains, there are various teeth-whitening options available. We suggest implementing all 10 of these expert teeth-whitening tips for a smile that shines like no other!

Dentist Office
1. Thou shalt... seek professional help
Probably the easiest way to get those pearly whites extra bright is through in-office (or chairside) teeth whitening. It’s the fastest way, taking around an hour, and also the safest form of teeth-bleaching.This method changes the actual color of your teeth, with the main drawback being the price; the average cost of a professional tooth-bleaching is around $650. You also have to be sure to follow up at home with other teeth-whitening methods, as the results are not permanent.

2. Thou shalt... purchase an at-home teeth whitening kit

The second most effective choice for whiter teeth is to purchase an at-home teeth-whitening kit from your dentist, which includes a special mouthpiece. You can also remove deep and surface stains with these kits, which also use mild bleach to brighten yellowed teeth. To whiten, wear the kits for several hours a day, or through the night while you sleep. When time passes and you notice stains forming again, just pop in the mouthpiece once again for a night or two. The average cost of these kits is a slightly more affordable at $400.

3. Thou shalt... not be lax with daily maintenance

Electric ToothbrushDentists advise that you brush twice daily and floss at least once daily for good oral hygiene. By keeping up with your daily teeth-cleaning regimen, you can keep your smile pretty and avoid painful visits to the dentist. Upgrade to an electric toothbrush, which provides a more powerful and thorough cleaning. Consider the Oral-B Professional Care 1000 Rechargeable Toothbrush ($64.99 at Target).

4. Thou shalt... be gentle with the brush

gentle with the brushThough drugstores give you the option of soft, medium or hard brushes, you should really stick to the soft brushes to avoid damaging your tooth enamel. Gently brush your teeth for at least two minutes, twice daily, for best results. Pick up the Colgate 360 Optic White Toothbrush Full Head - Soft ($4.29 at Walgreens).

Whiting Toothpaste
5. Thou shalt... brush with whitening toothpaste

Whitening toothpastes will only remove surface stains and not change the color of your teeth like professional services. They have abrasives, special chemicals or polishing agents that aid in removing those stains. Whitening toothpaste is also a must if you have tooth-colored fillings, crowns, caps or bonding in your front teeth, for which bleaching is not recommended. Try Colgate Total Advanced Whitening, that fights germs  for 12 hours and helps prevent plaque, gingivitis, tartar build-up, cavities and bad breath ($4.99, Walgreens). Or try GLO Whitening Antioxidant Toothpaste, with with a yummy berry flavor and the power or antioxidants and vitamins ($15, Sephora).

6. Thou shalt... salivate more

Foods like celery, apples, pears and carrots are not only healthy for your body, but also for your teeth. How? Eating these foods triggers lots of saliva, which helps to wash away other food debris on your teeth. The same applies for chewing sugarless gum. Saliva also neutralizes the acid that causes tooth decay. So, bring on the saliva!

Red Wine
7. Thou shalt... avoid drinks that stain

Dentists say that any drink that can stain a white cotton T-shirt can stain teeth, including coffee, dark, red wine, tea and sodas, and even fruit juice. Unfortunately, unless you stick to water and ginger ale, it’s almost impossible to avoid these stains!

8. Thou shalt... remember to rinse

We know it’s super hard to completely rule out wine, sodas and fruit juice, So, drink that glass of wine (or glasses), then rinse your mouth with water to keep stains from forming. Avoid brushing after drinking anything acidic though. The acid in wine and other drinks is enamel-damaging, and brushing will only worsen the damage. Also, don’t forget the cheese tray with your wine; calcium-rich foods help neutralize the acids that yellow teeth.

9. Thou shalt... think like a beauty queen

VaselineTake a tip from the pros - beauty pageant contestants have been known to rub Vaseline on their teeth before eating and drinking to avoid staining their award-winning smiles. (Vaseline 100% Pure Petroleum Jelly, $5.99 for 13 oz. at Walgreens)

10. Thou shalt... use makeup trickery

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in EnvoûtanteThe quickest way to fake a whiter smile is by wearing a certain shade of lipstick. A lip color with blue undertones can make your smile look whiter. Stay away from lipstick with yellow, beige and brown undertones, that can actually accentuate yellowed teeth. There’s nothing sexier than a red lip with a bright white smile! Try Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Balm Stain in Crush ($8.99, Walgreens), or Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Envoûtante ($34, / Issue 145 - September 8189
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