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4 Teeth Whitening Tips to Keep Your Smile Gorgeous

by Nicole C. Bridge
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Let's be honest, when you have a great smile, it can be a huge confidence builder. One of the ways to make your smile looking bold and brilliant is through healthy oral hygiene habits that keep those teeth looking white and bright. Try these four teeth whitening tips for a gorgeous smile in no time.

1. Stick with Lighter-Colored Drinks

Coffee, tea, and red wine all carry strong color pigments called chromogens, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), and so they can stain your teeth with every sip. Wine time with the girls is a lot of fun, but when it's time for a glass of red, the crimson chromogens stick onto your teeth, turning the color dull and unattractive. To limit the staining effects, try drinking some water with each glass to remove some of the discoloration or grab a glass of a crisp white wine instead.

The same thing happens if you're relaxing with a cup of English breakfast and Earl Grey. A cup of jasmine tea is a lighter alternative that won't have nearly the same effect. And if you need your coffee and you know there are times when you need your coffee sip it with a straw to avoid contact with your teeth at all.

2. Pick a Toothpaste with Hydrogen Peroxide

To keep that white smile, you need to check out the ingredients on your toothpaste. If your toothpaste contains hydrogen peroxide, you're in luck. Hydrogen peroxide gently bleaches your chompers by breaking down the color stains and reducing any yellowing effects. A toothpaste like Colgate® Optic White® High Impact White® gives 4 shades visibly whiter teeth* so you can get that whiter, brighter, bolder smile.

And do not forget to floss. Flossing at least once a day removes plaque buildup that can also get in the way of that bright smile.

3. Consult a Professional

If you want to get serious about your smile, sometimes you need to visit with a professional. Talk to your dentist about your whitening options. She can offer a short professional whitening treatment in the office, but may also offer an at-home whitening kit. How often you need it will depend on your eating habits, but just follow the directions at your leisure, and voila, a whiter smile!

One common at-home solution is a good whitening gel because it whitens deep within your teeth. If you try an option like the Colgate® Optic White® Toothbrush Plus Whitening Pen, you can paint the gel onto your teeth twice a day after brushing. It'll dry almost immediately and doesn't require any rinsing. The whitening pen fits right into your toothbrush, and is also ready to take with you on the go whenever you need it, because when you're taking a quick break to freshen up your look, your smile matters too.

4. Repeat the Process as Needed

Remember: No whitening treatment is permanent, as Phillip Sheridan, D.D.S. of Mayo Clinic, reminds. But that doesn't mean you can't try to keep your smile looking bold and brilliant all the time. Sure, your age and your diet can cause your teeth to lose their brightness over time. But if you stay on top of the trend and repeat these teeth whitening tips as a part of your regular routine, you'll keep your smile looking healthy and luminous.

*when brushing twice daily for 6 weeks.

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