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At-Home Guide to Teeth Whitening

Want amazing, white teeth? You might think you need a celebrity dentist or tons of professional treatments to whiten your teeth. Guess what? You don’t even have to leave your home to whiten your teeth. Follow this quick guide for ways to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home and you will have a brilliant smile in no time!

Your diet has a lot to do with how white your teeth look

 

  • Acidic foods can be bad for teeth - that morning glass of orange juice might be delicious, however, the acid in it might wear away the enamel on your teeth which can dull them. Acidic foods of all kinds take away the protective coating on your teeth, which is naturally a shade of off-white or white depending on the person. The more acidic foods you eat and drink, the faster the enamel will wear away.
  • Dark drinks can leave behind stains – coffee and tea are great ways to get a bit of caffeine or relax and unwind. Sadly, they are not great ways to keep your teeth white. Dark drinks can leave behind some pretty bad stains on your teeth. Some teas are naturally lighter, like white tea which is harvested earlier in the growing season and dried before the leaves get the chance to oxidize. Drinking a lighter colored tea can help reduce the chance you will want to hide your smile. Otherwise, grab a straw or switch to water when you need something to quench your thirst. Otherwise, you’ll risk discoloring your teeth.
  • Heavily pigmented foods can discolor your teeth – some foods have the same staining properties as drinks. Have you ever checked out your smile after eating a piece of blueberry pie? Those blueberry stains are pretty prominent, right? They probably take a while for you to brush away as well. Even after they seem less noticeable, dark foods with lots of pigments can leave their mark. Eating these over time will create stains and discoloration that will dull your smile.

You can get some whitening help

Whitening your teeth at home is pretty easy these days. There are tons of whitening products out there that you can use to get the smile you want. Some whitening methods are even natural, giving you the option of using items you might already have at home to whiten your teeth. Here are some great whitening methods you can do in your own home:

  • Use whitening strips – peel these little strips off of their plastic backing and place them snugly over your teeth. The side that goes against your teeth has safe but powerful bleaching agents that will remove the stains sitting on top of your teeth. Once the time is up (each whitening strip package tells you how long to leave them on) just peel the strips off of your upper and lower teeth and throw them away.
  • Get a whitening kit – people love these kits because the whitening gel is placed in trays that fit over your teeth ensuring that the formula reaches all of your teeth. Some gel kits also come with a mini lamp that helps to activate the whitening ingredients in the formula. Once the time is up, take off the trays and follow the kit’s instructions for how long you need to wait until your next treatment.
  • Try coconut oil pulling – pulling is a fancy way of saying you move the oil around your mouth so that it coats your teeth. Since coconut oil is natural, you will not be using any bleaching agents to whiten your teeth. Move the oil across and around your teeth for a few minutes. Once you are done, spit the oil out. A lot of people use coconut oil to get healthier mouths and whiter teeth.
  • Use a whitening toothpaste – whiten your teeth while you brush! A lot of toothpaste brands are adding extra whitening power to their normal formulas. That way, customers can get a brighter smile while they get healthier teeth. You do not need to do anything special to get the benefits of whitening toothpaste. Just grab your toothbrush and put on the whitening toothpaste. Brush normally, and spit out the excess toothpaste. A lot of people use whitening toothpastes every day to make sure they have a stunning smile without needing to do any extra work.

It is so simple to get a whiter smile without needing to leave home. Once you start paying more attention to your diet and incorporating a whitening method into your routine, you should start to see results. Check with your dentist and get their advice on your home whitening routine. They will probably have a favorite method or advice to help boost the power of your pearly whites. No matter which method you choose, these are the top 10 benefits of having whiter teeth.  No more excuses, whitening your teeth is as easy as 1,2,3!

 

 

 

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Oral Hygiene Tips to Keep Your Teeth Whiter

Getting that whiter smile isn’t as difficult as you might think. There are so many whitening options and dental care tricks you can use to make sure your teeth are stunningly white. Some of the options are a bit more time intensive, while others you can do during your normal everyday routine. The option you choose will probably have a lot to do with how stained your teeth actually are at this point. If they are only a little bit dull, they won’t need an intense whitener. However, if your teeth are really yellow and stained, you could need a bit more whitening power to get them looking dazzling. Here’s an easy step-by-step guide to some of the best ways to get and keep your teeth white.

Talk to Your Dentist

First, you should chat with your dentist about your concerns. They can help you figure out the source of your discolored teeth and also let you know if your teeth are in good shape for whitening. With teeth that are super stained (for instance if you smoke) your dentist might recommend professional whitening. This is typically done in just one visit to the dentist’s office. They’ll apply the bleaching formula that will get your teeth white, and will supervise your progress. This is also a great option if you are worried about getting even results, have sensitivity issues or underlying oral health problems, or if you worry about using teeth whitening products without a dentist’s supervision.

Try Something Natural

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Some people prefer to look for a more natural way to get their teeth a bit whiter. There are a few popular ways to do this, and some bloggers absolutely swear by them. One method is called coconut oil pulling. We all know coconut is a popular health food. From the water to the oil, health experts are always telling us just how great it is. You probably didn’t know that coconut oil is great for more than just cooking. It is widely used for its dental care benefits too, and has been for a long time. Pulling just means you are moving it around in your mouth, getting it around all the tight spaces and covering every surface of your teeth. You are going to want to do this for several minutes a day, some people recommend up to twenty minutes of coconut oil pulling. Then you should spit out the oil.

Another natural option that has gotten a lot of attention recently is brushing your teeth with activated charcoal. It’s not just normal charcoal, activated charcoal is oxidized. For this process you will need a separate toothbrush since it does darken your brush and your teeth. Brushing with activated charcoal is natural and many people love the white results they see from brushing with this dark powder.

Get an At-Home Whitener

The term “at-home whitener” can mean many things. Once again, this will depend on how badly your teeth are stained as well as how much you want to spend. You can spend just a few dollars to close to a hundred (or more) depending on the method. If you are looking for an inexpensive and simple way to get your teeth whiter, try a whitening toothpaste. Lots of big oral care brands are adding whitening to the list of benefits from brushing with their toothpastes. Instead of adding yet another step to your morning and nightly routine, get your teeth whiter doing something you need to do anyway – brushing your teeth! Some brands even make whitening mouthwashes too, giving you another inexpensive way to keep those teeth stunning.

If you want a bit more of a dramatic whitening result in less time, you should look into "at-home teeth whitening kits". These kits come with a powerful whitening gel that will help most users to see visible results in a short period of time. The gel is put into trays that are shaped to fit your teeth. You slide the tray snugly over your upper and lower teeth, and wait for the allotted amount of time.

Another popular tooth whitening option is whitening strips. These are little plastic strips that pack a whitening punch because they have a bleaching formula on one side. Simply place the formula coated side snugly around your teeth (you will get a strip that fits on your upper and lower teeth) and wait a bit. Once you have completed the treatment time, just take off the strips and throw them away.

Start Smiling!

Getting whiter teeth has never been simpler. You have tons of options to choose from, and you are sure to find one that is best for you, and your budget! No matter what you choose, you will likely be pleased to see a brighter smile that you love showing off to everyone. Whiter teeth and a more confident smile? Sign us up!

Whether you choose to whiten your teeth naturally at home, head to the dentist for a more supervised and faster treatment or whiten with strips or a kit in the comfort of your own home, it’s important to have great oral hygiene.  Read more on the Good Teeth Guide and How To Get Into a Positive Health Care Routine.

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The Good Teeth Guide

We’ve all heard the saying that your body is a temple so you need to treat it well. Taking care of your health is important, and while medical science is making great strides, that doesn’t get you off the hook when it comes to daily maintenance. One of the best ways to make sure you stay healthy and feeling good is to take excellent care of your teeth. Having a healthy smile will keep you feeling confident, and help you avoid the complications that come with poor oral hygiene. Here are some great ways to make sure you are taking the best possible care of your teeth.

Brush Your Teeth the Right Way

Throwing toothpaste on a toothbrush and running it across your teeth just is not enough. There are a lot of people who assume that a quick brush once a day is sufficient, but it isn’t. Here is how you really should brush your teeth:

  1. Choose the right tools – The toothbrush and toothpaste that you choose are the basis for your brushing routine. There are tons of options out there of both types. In terms of toothbrushes, you can get a manual brush or an electric one, and you can choose soft, medium, or hard bristle types. The American Dental Association (ADA) weighs in on the issue saying that either option can work, “Whether you decide on manual or powered, choose a toothbrush that you like and find easy to use, so that you’ll use it twice a day to thoroughly clean all the surfaces of your teeth.”
  2. Brush those teeth – As noted above, the ADA recommends brushing your teeth twice a day. Here’s what the Mayo Clinic says about the best way to brush your teeth, “Hold your toothbrush at a slight angle — aiming the bristles toward the area where your tooth meets your gum. Gently brush with short back-and-forth motions. Remember to brush the outside, inside and chewing surfaces of your teeth, as well as your tongue.” A complete cleaning takes a few minutes, but it will help you ensure that your entire mouth is clean.
A Guide to Flossing


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A lot of people dread that awkward moment when their dentist asks how often they floss. Why do they keep asking? It’s because flossing really is important. There are little gaps and spaces between your teeth that need to be cleaned out regularly. Brushing your teeth can’t get into those tight places, so that’s where flossing comes in. Using dental floss regularly helps to prevent gum disease as it removes pieces of food and plaque from between your teeth that normal brushing can’t reach. When plaque is allowed to build up, the bacteria can cause inflammation and irritate the gums.

WebMD recommends that you floss twice a day, but if you can only fit in one session then choose to floss a night because, “’Your salivary flow is very low when you're sleeping,’ Srivastava says. ‘So for those 7 or 8 hours you're in bed, you're not washing away the bacteria teeming in your mouth.’” Don’t sleep with a bacteria-filled mouth, instead take a minute and floss before your head hits the pillow.

Mouthrinses Can Help


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Even though your teeth probably feel extremely clean, there is another step that can be really beneficial. Again, we turn to the ADA for details on why mouthrinses and mouthwashes can help, “Mouthrinses are used for a variety of reasons: to freshen breath, to help prevent or control tooth decay, to reduce plaque (a thin film of bacteria that forms on teeth), to prevent or reduce gingivitis (an early stage of gum disease), to reduce the speed that tartar (hardened plaque) forms on the teeth, or to produce a combination of these effects.” With all of those benefits, it’s hard to justify not using a mouthwash.

One thing to remember is that you shouldn’t rinse right after you brush as you will be washing away all of the benefits that your toothpaste can provide. This includes rinsing with mouthwash, as it will remove all the concentrated fluoride in the toothpaste left on your teeth. To get the most out of your mouthwash, choose a different time to use it, for instance after lunch. Mouthwashes can be a great way to keep your entire mouth healthy, just make sure you stagger your use so as not to counteract the benefits of your toothpaste.

Taking excellent care of your teeth just makes sense. You’ll have fewer dentist visits, healthier teeth, and a better chance of preventing cavities and decay. Make oral hygiene a standard part of your daily routine, and you will be on track to keep your teeth healthy and sparkling white for many years to come.

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Movie Star Chic on the Cheap

From the classics of Monroe and Hepburn, to the Meghan Fox and Jennifer Lawrence lookalikes, the Hollywood Movie style is a true fashion art we all want master.

It’s probably a lot easier with a group of stylists, makeup artists and personal wardrobe keepers around you; choosing the best leggings for your 'haven't even tried’ look, to contouring your feet for a pair of Gucci open top heels. Who even knew contouring feet was necessary?!

Without an entourage of experts, and a hefty pay check, the stylish look of Hollywood movie stars can be difficult to attain.  But, there are plenty of ways to look movie star chic on the cheap!

That's right, step aside Emma Stone, we've got this covered.

Tan

First things first, you'll need that all American glowing tan that anyone who's ever passed through LA or California is gifted with.

This perfect tan gives you a fab base coat for any makeup you'll be doing later. Whether you're opting for sun beds for a gradual build up, or a quick fake tan, be sure to sparkle and glow like Kylie Jenner in her 4am dawn photoshoots. 

Using a fake tan like Benefit’s Hoola Zero Tanlines (around $24) will provide a smooth coverage so you don't have to worry so much about streaks and uneven lines down the back of your legs...Plus, it has the sweetest smell!

Teeth

Nothing says Hollywood Celebrity like a Simon Cowell white toothy smile. There's only one way to get those pearls looking so pristine; teeth whitening. Whilst the stars may be able to afford the highest quality teeth whitening services, an at home teeth whitening kit can provide that gleam without you emptying your bank account.

Once you've had your teeth whitened, keep up the cleaning and flossing every day and stay away from food and drink that is prone to stain your teeth. 

Nails

Though we're not sure how they manage every day activities like driving or texting, Hollywood stars are pros at wearing the longest nails known to mankind. 


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Opting for false nails and gel polishes will give you a stable and indestructible look for a couple of weeks.

Not only are gels available at the salon, you can also buy a DIY nail art kit like the ones on offer by MoYou that have everything you need from a variety of gel polishes, stamps and image plates so you can design your own pieces of art on your fingertips.

Hair

There's a whole array of hair styles the celebs use, and we're not even sure which our favourites are. We love the braids that are a must when chilling at home or going to the gym, but red carpet chic is also a winner with so much variety.

Stepping back to the basics however, you'll need to start with deep hydrating conditioners and a strong shampoo to give you a sleek and shiny look.

Many movie stars have to look on point every day, so their hair stylists use a number of quirky and elegant styles - most start with a centre parting and this will also create a sophisticated and sassy look even when left down. 

The best thing about hair salons these days is that you can buy the products they use or head over to the supermarket to grab a few (hundred) bottles. The smell alone is glorious and the benefits of a good hair regime are endless.  

Pick up a stylist shampoo like Toni & Guy or Tresemme (an ultimate fave) and see the difference it makes to your hair. 

As for styles, Pinterest! Be strong; there's nothing those hair whizzes can do that you can't! With hairbrush in one hand and Kirby grips in the other, transform your weave into a glorious 'do ready for the catwalk. 

Make up 

Contour, strobing, smokey eye; is it all really over for the new 'no make-up makeup trend?' Absolutely not. Whilst the no make-up trend is beautiful, not one celeb could possibly say there's not a little contouring that goes into the look.

Using tiny amounts of rose gold highlighter like Topshop’s Chameleon Glow will perk up the skin, whilst a little powder will go a long way for smoothing out skin tone and leaving a matte finish. 

Simple 

... but you're unlikely to see any of them attending award ceremonies without getting their face on, so learning to strobe, eyeline flick and plenty more of your classic makeup tricks will help you out when persuading the squad you've just been scouted by Hollywood.

If you're heading in the classic Hollywood direction, opt for a porcelain fresh look with a strong coverage level so block out any unevenness and imperfections. You need a totally blank canvas to operate as the most iconically beautiful women of history!  With a strong focus on those brow peaks, and liner flicks, you're set to go - without forgetting that all important red lip pout that'll make the fans weak. 

Using a foundation in a paler colour will help to replicate Monroe's renowned look. And sponge tipped eyeliner is perfect when trying to smoothly finish the eyeliner flick that so many of us have been defeated by in the past.

Color in those eye brows to add a shape that sassily says 'excuse me?' without words. And you're good to go for a walk over some air vents with your dress wafting along the way... 

But if you're enchanted by the 21st Century styles of our favourite movie stars, strobing is the game they play. Offering an added sparkle with each and every camera flash, strobing has become a way to accentuate your stardom.                                                    

Using Benefit’s Watts Up! Highlighter, cover the main sparkle points on your cheekbones, Cupid's bow, nose, brows and forehead to glow like a magical star.

Opt for a light, yet sultry smokey eye with silvers and light greys, rather than the typical charcoal shades.

For the rest, it's really your choice: bronze, foundation, lip colour and eyeliners are your playing field; go forth make up warriors!

Clothes

For your red carpet appearance there are only two options: tight or flowy. There's really no in between. 

Your choices will reflect your body confidence and a tight dress, clinging in all the right places is bound to get people talking and wondering 'what is her exercise regime?!'

Celebrity style shops like My Bandage Dress or ASOS are the perfect way to find an outfit ideal for your body type without the eyewatering designer price tag. 

If you want to make a statement and stand out from the crowd like Beyoncé or JLow, you'll have to look for the flowiest attire you can find. These experts in red carpet fashion pull out all the stops with their designer dresses and everlasting trains. 

Once you've found your own favorite celeb style tricks, add them all together to create your Hollywood Movie look in minutes. All you need now is an event, an award and a Zac Efron to hold your handbag. 

 

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Pre Valentine’s Day Beauty Tips and Tricks to Set the Romance Meter to RED


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If you’ve got a new boyfriend, a hot date, or a tried-and-true love, Valentine’s Day is almost like Christmas. You daydream about the sappy possibilities for this most romantic of holidays like a little kid anticipating the gifts waiting under the Christmas tree. Will your beloved send you flowers at work? Will you find one of those oversized teddy bears and a heart shaped box of assorted chocolates waiting on your doorstep? Will he take you to dinner? A concert? A romantic moonlit picnic? Will you get the kiss of your dreams at the end of the night? Take a second to sit back and picture your fantasy Valentine’s day date, and don’t hold back all the cheesy details. Now, in your mind’s eye, how do you look when you greet your beau on Valentine’s Day? Maybe you’re a vision of classic beauty, all soft curls and glittery eyes. Or you’re edgy and vampy in dark lipstick and leather. Whatever the concept, we have some tips that will help you prep your desired look for the occasion and help your V-Day fantasies come true.

Skin


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As you probably know, a canvas of fresh, bump-free skin is the best way to achieve the makeup look of your dreams. Right now, we’re absolutely obsessing over the healing powers of ginger, which is a life saver for eradicating acne scars, reducing wrinkles, and even soothing untimely pimples. Guess what, you don’t have to break the bank for this fix. DIY masks might be a little extra effort, but you probably already have many of the ingredients in your kitchen. Besides, a little extra effort is worth it for the most romantic of holidays. Heres the recipe for an at-home ginger face mask that will give you the skin you’ve always dreamed of, just in time for your Valentine’s date.

Perfume


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The perfect perfume is extra important on Valentine’s Day. It’s a fool proof way to entice your man to lean in just a bit closer, and linger next to you for just a bit longer. Maybe you already have a signature scent or maybe you’ve been thinking of trying out something new. Take Valentine’s Day as the excuse you’ve been waiting for to buy a new perfume or cologne. Mist your perfume (don’t douse it) just around your wrists and hair– you’ll give off little, tantalizing whiffs of the scent as you move, leaving him gasping for more.

Hair

While there’s really no wrong way to do your hair for Valentine’s Day, there are a few mistakes that could really ruin your evening. First off, if the style you’re planning relies heavily on hairspray, save that look for another day. Valentine’s is about romance, sure, but it’s also about touching, closeness and intimacy. No one wants to go in to stroke your hair only to run their hand through a crunchy lump of gunky, hair sprayed curls, no matter how visually appealing. In addition, any hair style that requires you to stay still for long periods of time to stay coiffed could really put a damper on your fun and should not be attempted on Valentine’s. For these reasons, we recommend simple sleek ponytails which can be easily fixed and retied if need be, or classic straightened hair for your date.

Nails

As with hair, nails that impede your ability to touch, move, and enjoy should be avoided like the plague on Valentine’s Day. Instead of gluing on long acrylics, which look glamorous but are not conducive to actually using your hands, go short and polished. But short and polished doesn’t mean boring! The color and design is where you can really have fun. You don’t have to adhere to the Valentine’s theme of reds and pinks, though you certainly can if you like. Dark blue or purple is unexpected and fun. How about flecks of glitter, dark, rich tones, matte or metallic nails? The choice is yours.

Teeth

For the all-important Valentine’s Day kiss, white teeth are not only recommended, they are a necessity. This step requires a bit of advance planning, depending on how dazzling you want your smile to be. You can either opt for some classic whitening strips, or try a professional home whitening system to really show off those pearly whites.

Now you’re ready for that all important Valentine date, or you could choose to pamper yourself and stay in with your favorite movie crush! Ahh, bliss!


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