Unfortunately, sparkling white teeth don’t usually happen by accident. With a plethora of products on the market that promise to whiten (brighten and sparkle) your pearly whites, it can be hard to know the most effective (and, ahem, cost effective) way to go about it.
Teeth, like diamonds, are forever. You don’t want to stuff them up with a dodgy, DIY treatment. And that’s coming from me, the queen of DIY beauty treatments! Before doing anything with my teeth, I always consult my dentist, Dr. Wyndham Hui, who is based Sydney. He gave me all the info on how to go about whitening…
Whitening toothpastes – should you go there?
“I super duper dislike whitening toothpastes. I tell all my patients to avoid them.”
He says they will ruin the surface of your teeth and actually make them more yellow.
“Whitening toothpastes aren’t safe for our teeth surfaces. Most whitening toothpastes contain more abrasive particles, which do help to remove stains from our teeth.
“But, at the same time, those particles are wearing down our precious enamel. In the long term, we would see teeth actually becoming more yellow with its use as the enamel thins to reveal the underlying, yellow dentine. Some whitening toothpastes do contain active ingredients, but the concentration is so low that it is doubtful whether there are any benefits.”
Quick beauty tip: Cheat your way to whiter-looking teeth by wearing a bright lipstick! (Post continues after gallery.)