What's the easiest thing that you can do to look fantastic? The answer is a great SMILE! It really is that simple. Having a beautiful smile changes your whole face and invites people to be around you. When you have a pearly white smile you exude happiness and confidence. As the lovely and talented Marilyn Monroe once said, “A smile is the best makeup a girl can wear”.
But here's the thing, as we go through life your teeth can become stained or a bit yellow. There are many reasons for this such as medications, food, wine or poor oral hygiene. Sad to say age also plays a role in yellowish looking teeth. There are a lot of reasons for this dilemma but the important thing is that there are so many products out there that can easily fix this problem.
There are a ton of ads on social media and TV promoting various kinds of devices or products to help whiten your teeth. So, what’s the problem you might ask? Most of the products or devices advertised either don’t work or they can actually be harmful to your teeth. For example, one product that kept popping up on my Instagram Explore page was this black charcoal looking paste or powder which you brushed your teeth with. First, that just seems messy and gross, also I would assume that rubbing charcoal powder on your teeth cannot feel good. I haven’t tried that trend myself. So I can’t knock it completely and say it doesn’t work. All I can give you are some of the products I have used and have made a huge difference for me.
The first time I noticed my teeth were stained was a few years back at a Phillies baseball game. My daughter and I took a selfie together and when I saw my teeth compared to hers I was like -“Wait, WHAT???!!???" Since it was such a closeup picture it was the first time I realized how sparkly white her teeth were and mine was, well, not. I got back home and started my search for the best products to get my smile looking healthy again.
Of course, you need your teeth to be healthy along with being white. In today's world, we can achieve all of these things at the same time in your own home. The products that are on the market make it so easy to have a healthy, beautiful smile. Being able to do at-home treatments saves time and money for you to be able to care for your smile while working within your busy schedule.
Here are the items that I have used for the last several years and have been able to change my teeth from dull yellow to bright white!
So the first thing you need to do is make sure you are doing everything to correctly clean your teeth properly. The first thing you can do to improve your dental health is to invest in a good toothbrush. I know this seems silly. You might think a toothbrush is a toothbrush. Also, any toothbrush you see in Rite Aid to infomercials are all “dentist recommended”. This is basically a marketing phrase that has come to mean nothing, same as “fat-free or organic foods”.
The Sonicare is the toothbrush that my personal (real life) dentist suggested I use! Specifically the “Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100” version. This electric toothbrush will remove more plaque than a manual brush and it will also let you know how long to brush for. Meaning it will shut off at the end of two minutes, which is the recommended time for thoroughly brushing your teeth. I never knew that until once again, my dentist told me. The brush is good for sensitive teeth and it lets you know if you're pressing too hard. There are so many more cool and helpful features that really takes the guesswork out of your dental hygiene.
There are other variations of the Sonicare but this is the one I've been using for some time. After looking at all of their latest versions I may think about upgrading to a newer model soon. If I do I’ll keep you posted on which one I decide to go with. I’ll do my research beforehand, so you don’t have to.
Again there are endless options for whitening toothpaste. I’ve tried a few others, but the one brand I swear by is “supersmile”. I've been using this brand for over seven years now and I must say I saw a difference immediately. I am in no way getting sponsored for this post, so I am not lying when I say that it really does work!
It was developed by a doctor for his patients in 1987 and not only will it safely help whiten your teeth but it will also improve the overall health of your teeth and gums. You know what that means, no gingivitis for you!! It comes with a whitening toothpaste along with an accelerator. You put both products on the brush at the same time. An added benefit is that the toothpaste itself tastes great, which is sometimes not the case for whitening toothpaste out there. My favorite is the Icy Mint. You can purchase this product directly on their website. They have a huge selection of products to choose from, including monthly subscriptions.
Another teeth whitening toothpaste I have been using for the last few months (and love!!) is Linhart. The Linehart toothpaste was developed by a father and son dental practice and they have been perfecting the formulation for the last 10 years. It is a family-owned company and their story is actually pretty interesting. You can read more about it on their website by clicking here. This year was actually the launch of their newest formulation which is the Linhart I use today.
I use Linhart both in the morning and at night. Along with the toothpaste I use the whitening gel, it comes with, the same as Supersmile. I switch back and forth between the two brands, but from my experience, they both work equally well. Don’t worry about using too much because you can’t overdo it with these products. It’s not the same as whitening strips where it can cause some discomfort or sensitivity after using it for a long period of time. It also tastes like peppermint which is a delightful new flavor for your senses. Mr. Stafford actually prefers the Linhart taste over the Supersmile. I enjoy both, but it’s really all about your personal preference. Linhart keeps my smile white and it’s also very good for the enamel. Overall, the results are excellent!
The only major difference between the two is that Linhart is sold in only one size. Linhart toothpaste is priced at $12 and the gel for $24. Supersmile has a much wider range of products to choose from. They have various sizes, flavors, and a few different special selection packages. I would say the prizes even themselves out since they offer just a different range. At first glance, Supersmile looks more expensive, but if you signup for a subscription package you get more bang for your buck. If you rather keep it simple and buy just one tube of toothpaste and accelerator (the gel) then Linhart is the way you should go.
Teeth whitening devices can be fun to play with and try out. They are great because it feels like you have this advanced technology right in your own home. It doesn’t hurt that they look cool as well. I’ve used “Glo Science” for many years now. Get this, I still have my original device! You just need to replace the mouthpiece every now and then. I know it seems like a lot of money to throw down on a product that only has one purpose, but believe me it pays for itself. Since I’ve had mine for a few years I know it will defiantly last. That is considering you are careful with it, of course. I assume it will break if you’re throwing it into a drawer mindlessly. Since it is a piece of technology I would suggest putting it in a safe place once you're done using it.
This will give you the same results that you can get at your dentist office. No appointments needed! Also, you won't have to deal with messy trays, which I know many people find difficult to use and from my own experience just don't work. This kit is super easy to use and comes with everything you need to get long-lasting, professional teeth whitening results at home. The wearable hands-free design lets you multitask while you whiten, shutting off automatically when each application is complete. The GLO Brilliant Teeth Whitening Device combines the accelerating power of GLO warming heat and blue light with specially formulated hydrogen peroxide whitening gel—delivering painless teeth whitening results, in short, pre-timed, eight-minute applications. Currently, I use mine about once a month. When I first got it I definitely used it more often. Since getting my teeth to the desired whiteness once a month is perfect to keep your teeth sparkly and nice!
Now everyone knows and has heard about the Crest Whitening Teeth Strips. There has been a lot of debate for years about whether they are safe to use. The short answer is yes they are fine to use in moderation, meaning I would personally suggest using them every once and awhile. And they should be used as directed on the box. Crest 3D Whitening Strips are meant to be worn for 30 minutes.
I know one person who would wear them every night all night long, which is not safe or good for your teeth. I’m not a dentist so I can’t say if they wear away at your enamel or what chemicals they contain. All I know is that they do work.
For me, they are great to use on days when I need something quick and easy to brighten my smile. There have been many times where I'm getting ready to go out and I just want an added boost. I'll put these on while I'm doing my makeup and they are ready to come off by the time I do my lipstick. They are fast, effective and great in a pinch.
FYI, I did not use these to get my smile to the level I wanted. For that, I highly suggest the GLO Device. But once your smile is healthy and whiter, this is a great item to have when you just want to perk up the brightness. You can find these at any drug store, there are all different types, but my favorite is the Professional Effects line.
I hope you found this post was informative and helpful. Tell me some of the products that work for you if I didn't mention them. Let me know your thoughts or any questions in the comment section!