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Easy ways to brighten your smile

by timetospa April 17, 2013
Easy ways to brighten your smile

You know what they say, you're only as pretty as your smile. If you went through years of awkwardness wearing braces as a teen and now are dealing with another issue - yellowing teeth - there are ways to curb the issue without spending an arm and a leg.

Pop of color
One of the easiest ways to help your smile look whiter in an instant is using beauty products like lipstick to distract from the imperfections. According to the fashion and beauty experts at Cosmopolitan magazine, looking for shades of red lipstick that boast blue undertones is the best option for helping teeth seem whiter. 

For spring, you can lighten up a bit more using a fun color like peach, tangerine or raspberry as long as the product you select also features blue undertones.

Not into lipstick? Try looking into certain lip glosses or lip balms that offer shine with a blue tint, it will offer a similar result without the worry of getting red or another color on your face or teeth. Bliss products like Bliss Fabulips Glossy Lip Balm - Peppermint is a great option since it contains shea butter and jojoba oil as well as a glossy finish and a breath-freshening minty scent. 

Medicine cabinet fix
Ladies looking for an even quicker fix might want to check out their medicine cabinet for a possible solution. The publication reports hydrogen peroxide is great at removing stains in a flash and is safe to use on your teeth in small amounts. 

To try this brightening trick, grab a Q-tip and dip one end into the solution, then rub the dipped end over your teeth - you'll see results in a flash. 

Crunch away the yellow
Huffington Post reports there are many other natural ways to help improve the color of your teeth, one of the easiest being switching up what you eat. The health experts recommend ladies looking to brighten up should start consuming more crispy fruits and vegetables to see real results. 

"They're like nature's toothbrush," a licensed dentist told the news outlet. 

Other ways to improve the look of your teeth is to floss on a regular basis, since doing so helps remove trapped food in hard to get crevices. Eating more cheese is another potential boost - the dentist told HuffPo eating small amounts of cheese after every meal has been found to help prevent tooth decay and protect enamel. Milk, yogurt and other dairy products have shown to boast similar results. 

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