BRIGHTEN YOUR SMILE AT ANY AGE!

A Hollywood smile is just seven days away

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Beauty -

A beau­ti­ful smile can take years off your look. Dr Luke Cronin of Qual­ity Den­tal says that while high-sugar di­ets are a fac­tor, age­ing is the most prom­i­nent cause of yel­low teeth. How can we defy it?

1 Get the ba­sics right

Brush with an elec­tric tooth­brush 2 mins morn­ing and night and floss ev­ery day. Use tooth­paste with 2% hy­dro­gen per­ox­ide. “HP re­moves stains and changes the colour of the yel­low dentin be­yond the enamel,” says Dr Cronin. TRY Philips Soni­care Healthy­white $179.95 Col­gate Op­tic White $9.99 Oral-b 3D White Whitestrips $29.99

2 Try den­tist-only op­tions

TAKE-HOME PRO­FES­SIONAL KITS Moulds of your teeth are cre­ated, and the whiten­ing agent has a con­cen­tra­tion of 6-14% HP. Some­times night kits con­tain car­bamide per­ox­ide, which whitens for longer. IN-CHAIR WHITEN­ING “I think the best op­tion is the Zoom whiten­ing sys­tem,” says Cronin. The 25% HP treat­ment takes around 1.5 hours, costs ap­prox­i­mately $800 and re­sults last for two years.

3 Stock up on good in­gre­di­entsents

Make sure your macros are bal­anced (carbs, s, pro­tein­spro­tein and fats) and drink plenty of wa­ter, swish­ing af­ter ev­ery meal. Greek yo­ghurt, cheese, ap­ples and nuts are great tooth-shin­ing snacks.

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