With the 86th Academy Awards about a week away, you can be sure that many of the world’s most prestigious movie stars are doing everything they can to get ready for the big night. Before you watch in anticipation of who wins the prized Oscar® awards on Sunday, March 2nd, perhaps you’ll tune in to see what your favorite celebrities look like when they hit the red carpet. While you may not be able to get legs like Angelina Jolie or cheekbones like Jennifer Aniston, a red carpet smile is easily obtainable.
In this day and age, people have discovered a variety of ways to whiten their teeth. Even though there is no substitute for professional teeth whitening in a cosmetic setting, below are some simple tips that can help you attain a noticeably whiter smile.
Avoid Certain Drinks
You may already know that liquids like coffee, soda, and red wine stain teeth, not to mention erode the enamel. However, if you’ve recently applied a whitening product, you may be even more susceptible to staining since peroxide opens the pores inside the teeth. If it’s impossible for you to avoid consuming these drinks altogether, then just make sure you decrease your consumption when using whitening products, and drink from a straw when possible.
Wear Blue-Based Lipsticks
Although you may be fond of lighter colored lipsticks, applying blue-based hues to your lips actually counteracts yellow tinting that exists on your teeth. For the best results, wear red and dark pink lipsticks. To enhance your lips and make your teeth appear even whiter, add a darker toned lip liner.
Focus on Your Gums
The color of your gums not only affects the brightness of your teeth, but also indicates how healthy your mouth is. Red or bleeding gums are the precursors of gingivitis, which can eventually lead to periodontal disease. Regular flossing your teeth once a day and using mouthwash each time after brushing can help keep your gums healthy and pink in appearance.
Use an Electric Toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes are much more effective at removing plaque and maintaining your results between dental visits than traditional manual toothbrushes. Our office carries Sonicare electric toothbrushes, which is Dr. Tomazin’s personal favorite.
Use an At-Home Whitening Products
Whitening strips are a popular choice among people of all ages, but there are other products that effectively produce results. Overnight serums containing a special blend of peroxide and fluoride not only whiten teeth, but strengthen the enamel as well. Whitening pens also provide an excellent substitute for chewing gum after meals. Our office can provide you with custom-fitted bleaching trays that will fit your teeth comfortably, allowing you to get amazing results while wearing them only two hours a day for three days to three weeks.
Schedule an In-Office Treatment
If you desire a red carpet smile with long-lasting whitening results, our “Zoom!™” teeth whitening treatment can give you just that. Although this procedure is more expensive than at-home treatments, only a single one-hour treatment will painlessly provide you with excellent teeth whitening results!
Feel free to contact our Riverside practice for all of your cosmetic dentistry needs. Call (951) 686-3666 or conveniently fill out our online contact form to schedule your consultation today. Dr. Chad Tomazin takes the time to provide every patient with the most personable treatments to give them the best results possible.