There’s no two ways around it: yellow teeth just aren’t cute. Check out these quick and surprising tips (bronzer helps?!) from Nancy Rosen, DDS, a NYC-based cosmetic and reconstructive dentist, and you’ll be blinding people with your sexy smile.
Dust on Bronzer
Lightly dusting some bronzer all over your face gives you a natural-looking glow that makes the whites of your teeth instantly pop.
Sonia Kashuk Bare Minimum Pressed Powder Bronzer, $9.99
Brush and Floss
Sure, this combo makes your mouth healthy—always a good thing—but it also prevents plaque from building up. And plaque, over time, can cause discoloration.
Reach Design Full Head Toothbrush Soft, $4.05, amazon.com and Supersmile Dental Floss,
Wait Before Brushing
Drinking something acidic, like grapefruit juice? Wait 30 minutes before brushing your teeth, since you can actually brush the acidity deeper into your teeth. That can erode the enamel, the outside coating that protects your teeth, and make your smile look less white.
Wear a Red Lip Stick
Swiping on a blue-based red lipstick also makes your teeth appear whiter than they really are, since the color contrast (red against white) is so severe.
Revlon Matte Lipstick in Really Red, $7.99
Chew Crunchy Fruits
Snacking on crunchy fruits and vegetables, like peppers or apples, also helps keep your teeth looking white. How? The friction caused by chewing these harder foods gently scrapes away any plaque, which leads to staining.
Use a Straw
Drinking, soda, wine, or any colored liquid through a straw helps keep it at bay. (You might want to stick to the wine/straw combo at home, though, to avoid weird looks at the bar.)
You’ll also want to rinse your mouth out with water after sipping your drink so that your saliva doesn’t stay tinged and stain your teeth more.
Glad Flexible Straws, $16.99
Whiten Your Teeth
If you want whiter teeth you have to whiten them—obviously, right? But sometimes we just can’t find the time. These strips only take five minutes a day to work and won’t cause tooth sensitivity. The result? Brighter pearly whites before you know it.
Crest 3D White Whitestrips 5 Minute Touch-Ups with Stain Shield, $34.99
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