Hey guys! One question that I get asked over and over is what I do to keep my teeth white. Obviously, doing a lot of videos means that I don't want to have a distracting smile, so I like to take good care of my teeth as well as occasionally use whitening products to ensure they are their brightest.
I'm not sure about you guys, but I've found that a lot of products tend to make my teeth especially sensitive so for a while I stayed away from what I tried before (Crest Whitestrips, in case anyone was wondering). The last few months I've gotten a whitening and tooth care routine down that I've been very happy with and that doesn't give me any issues with teeth sensitivity.
I've also included a list of food do's and don'ts for whitening teeth so check out my video & routine below!
toothpaste | Aquafresh Extreme Clean Whitening Toothpaste
electric toothbrush | Sonicare Flexcare Plus
floss | Flossing Picks
top | Dolman Sleeve Knit Top
nails | Urban Decay Blackheart (my review)
I like to keep things pretty simple in my daily habits, so here's an extremely short list of whitening points. In my personal routine there are 3 steps that contribute to my teeth staying their whitest:
1. whitening product
2. toothpaste/brushing routine
Tackling the first, I mentioned before that Crest Whitestrips were very effective but caused a lot of uncomfortable tooth sensitivity for me. Since it's so easily available over the counter and you can find coupons and discounts for this system, it's one that I'd recommend if you can withstand the tooth pain for a week or two. I personally wanted to try something maybe a little milder but still effective.
I currently use the Dial A Smile system from Whitening Lightening (use code FH2TKIT to get the kit for $69 or code FH2T for 70% off) and I've found it to show a difference after each use, plus it doesn't cause tooth pain for me. Since it comes with its own blue light, you can hold it an inch away from your teeth if you do get sensitive teeth but I've been fine keeping it in my mouth the whole time so I can walk around without worry. The only downside is that you definitely do have drooling issues with the process, but maybe that's just me. ;)
Here are a few other options for teeth whitening out there:
The toothpaste I've used for literally years is the Aquafresh Extreme Clean whitening toothpaste. I absolutely love the fresh, minty flavor and it makes my mouth feel so much cleaner than when I use other brands. This one doesn't necessarily make my teeth super bright from dull but it does seem to effectively maintain the whiteness of my teeth. If you have sensitive teeth, the Sensodyne ProNamel Whitening toothpaste is also a great alternative!
For brushing, it's super important to use a gentle toothbrush and using circular strokes. I just got the Sonicare Flexcare Plus toothbrush last Christmas from my husband and it's totally changed my life! I had an Oral-B electric toothbrush before then and I can say that verifiably there is no comparison. Since the vibrations are smaller, my teeth feel like they get more thoroughly cleaner while also being more gentle on my gums. If you brush too hard with any type of toothbrush, you can actually push your gums back exposing nerves so make sure to be gentle and brush focusing on one tooth at a time. Oh, and for the record, Sonicare and the Clarisonic are made by the same company. :)
Here are a few more Sonicare toothbrushes and the toothpastes I mentioned:
Finally, it's important to keep in mind what you are putting in your mouth that may be staining your teeth. Certain foods or other habitual products like smoking or chewing tobacco can cause a significant amount of discoloration to your teeth. Others are high in acid and wear down on tooth enamel. You can avoid yellowing potential by drinking some things with a straw, rinsing mouth out with water after eating, or sidestepping others altogether. Here is a list of foods, drinks, and products to avoid:
1. Red Wine
2. Cola or dark sodas
5. Sports Drinks
6. Dark Sauces
The good news is that there are also a few foods and products around that are actually tooth-healthy! Many of these stimulate the production of saliva which helps wash your mouth cleaner. Some of these also physically scrub your teeth as you eat them which is great for removing surface stains. Try these out for a brighter smile:
1. leafy greens
6. water (it also contains teeth-cleaning fluoride!)
7. sugarless gum
I hope you guys enjoyed this post and that you get your lovely smiles in tip-top shape! Pretty smiles tend to be healthy ones so take care of them well and you'll be rewarded with sparkly white teeth. :)
Readers, what is your favorite whitening product? Is there a toothpaste or toothbrush you swear by? Let me know in the comments below!