If you need a quick way to whiten your teeth, there are a few things you can do at home to brighten them without the use of strips, devices, or expensive treatments. From glosses that make teeth look whiter to mouthwash options and foods you should eat, these are the quick, simple ways to enhance your smile for a picture-perfect look. On Kirbie: Club Monaco top.
Holiday time is picture-taking time. And if you're looking to add a little sparkle to your smile to get camera-ready, a cool red lipstick is a great way to neutralize unwanted tones. But if you're looking for something more, sometimes a quick touch up in the teeth-whitening department is the way to go. Whether you have a month or your holiday card shoot is tomorrow, there are a variety of products that will take your smile to a brilliant white.
Can an $8, one-hour tooth whitener really work? I had my doubts, and while Walgreens Intense 1 Hour Whitening System ($8) won't get your teeth Ross Gellar-white (not that you'd actually want glow-in-the-dark choppers), it will lighten them a few shades, all under an impressive 60 minutes. But with the good comes a bit of bad. See the full review when you read more.
There are many advantages to teeth whitening, the obvious being a brighter smile. But one of the biggest disadvantages to this bleaching procedure is the pain often associated with it. "The sensitivity usually happens if you leave the gel on for too long, so it can become an irritant," explains Dr. Arthur Glosman, a Beverly Hills general and cosmetic dentist.
But the main reason many people experience discomfort from teeth whitening has to do with the fact that hydrogen peroxide, the agent that helps remove stains and discolorations from teeth, has a low pH, which can cause discomfort.
At the dentist's office, a fluoride layer is used to help bring the acidity level up and therefore neutralize the H202. But for you at-homers, Dr. Glosman recommends staving off the pain by brushing with a desensitizing toothpaste prebleaching, repeating the step postbleaching as well.
And rest assured, if you're worried that whitening your choppers is damaging, Dr. Glosman clarifies, "There is no information as of right now, over the past 20 years, that it permanently damages enamel or dentin or the nerve."
"Bleaching [your teeth] is probably one of the most significant changes that you can make," says Beverly Hills-based general and cosmetic dentist Dr. Arthur Glosman. "But whenever you're going to do any type of teeth whitening, it's always best to get some kind of consultation with your dentist first." However, what are the advantages of having your dentist do it as compared to doing it yourself? While both techniques can indeed work and have their advantages, see some reasons you might get better, longer-lasting results from a professional treatment when you read more.
Since bursting into the scene in the mid-1990s, Amanda Peet has starred in everything from TV shows to independent films to megahits like 2012 and Something's Gotta Give. Now, she has a new gig as the spokesperson for Crest 3D White.
"I personally think that the 2-Hour Express Whitestrips ($54) are such a great beauty tip because I think that having a really stainless smile is an underemphasized part of our beauty regimens, " she says.
She obviously has a great smile, so to see the rest of her tips on how she keeps it looking beautiful, along with a few of her beauty tips, keep reading.
Most gift givers have nothing but good intentions in mind when choosing gifts for their loved ones. Unfortunately, and mainly due to their inherent nature, some gifts can come off as unintentionally insulting. Here are 10 beauty items you might want to think twice about — or put on your list for the ultimate passive-aggressive frenemy gift.
If you've ever seen one of those baby beauty pageant shows, then you've probably noticed the "flippers" some little competitors wear to cover their missing baby teeth. Apparently, though, the denture-like faux smiles aren't just for small beauty queens — now even regular old adults can wear one.
The Snap-On Smile system (around $1,200) is basically just a denture you fit over your teeth that has a "perfect" row of pearly whites up front. So whenever you feel like you need a straight, white smile, you can just take it out of your pocket and pop it in. It's a little creepy, but I can also see the appeal. If you've had a history of dental problems, something like this could be helpful. Would you use one of these as a temporary fix, or would you just rather show everyone your natural teeth?
In Hollywood, having perfectly white, perfectly straight Chiclet-like teeth has been the norm for decades. The problem with going for the flawless look, however, is obvious: it simply looks fake.
Gap teeth may be the next big beauty feature, and similarly, immaculate-looking veneers are becoming so yesterday. "The white standard got too white," cosmetic dentist Dr. Marc Lowenberg told the NYT, "[and] the perfection standard got too perfect."
Instead, it's all about creating perfectly imperfect choppers that blend in, all while looking better than what the patient actually has. That might include a less opaque look, more discoloration, teeth that overlap slightly, and adding texture or natural wear to the veneers. What do you think about this movement to get teeth looking less flawless? Would you be glad to see the end of the glow-in-the-dark teeth era?