Teeth Whitening – Get a Brighter Smile

07Jul10

Have you recently inspected your smile in the mirror, only to discover that it’s lost its pearly-white appeal? Here, top dentists reveal tips and tricks for brightening your teeth.

Don’t Slack on Oral Care

Besides getting a professional cleaning every six months, brushing your teeth with a whitening toothpaste twice a day is the obvious first step toward achieving a brighter smile. “Though they don’t contain enough peroxide to actually whiten your teeth, whitening toothpastes are great at removing plaque and superficial stains,” says Jennifer Jablow, DDS, who cares for the gorgeous grins of Ford Models’ hottest faces (think fashion frontrunner Chanel Iman). Jablow also recommends brushing with an electric toothbrush to banish icky film from teeth (“ Sonicare is my favorite brand—the sonic waves break down plaque and reduce the puffiness and inflammation of the gum tissue”).

Jablow suggests swishing a whitening rinse around in your mouth to reach any places your toothbrush missed. Just be sure to steer clear of mouthwashes that contain alcohol, which can dry out the mouth, resulting in bad breath and a lack of bacteria-busting saliva. Another detrimental mouthwash ingredient: cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC). When used in a colorless rinse, the antibacterial effectively draws coloration and staining away from the tooth. But if artificial color, like mint green or cinnamon red, is present in the mouthwash, CPC actually attracts this color to the tooth “and makes it stick,” says Jablow.

Glassman says that Leighton Meester (shown above) regularly brushes with StarBrite Whitening Toothpaste.

via Teeth Whitening – Get a Brighter Smile on ELLE.com.

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