Here's How You Can Achieve Whiter Teeth In 5 Simple Ways!
Did you know that our teeth turn yellow as we age? Yes, getting yellow teeth over time is normal!
According to Dr. Mark Burhenne of AskTheDentist.com, our dentin (the living tissue located in the inner part of the teeth) turns darker as we age, while our enamel (the outer layer) becomes thinner "due to wear, grinding, and exposure to acidic foods and drinks". And because dentin reflects through the enamel, our teeth can appear yellow!
Aside from ageing, Cleveland Clinic states that other popular causes for teeth discoloration are taking tetracycline (an antibiotic) before the age of eight, exposure to too much fluoride, injury to teeth, and even genetics. A person's lifestyle, such as smoking tobacco and drinking too much tea, coffee, and wine, can also stain the teeth.
But not to worry, Metro ladies—nowadays, this problem has accessible, easy solutions. There are two ways to whiten the teeth—intrinsic whitening (changing the color from within the teeth) and extrinsic whitening (removing stains on the tooth enamel).
Ahead, we'll give you the low-down on simple ways you can achieve a brighter smile.
Visit your dentist for your bi-annual teeth cleaning
Before doing whitening procedures on your teeth, it's best to book an appointment with your dentist first. This ensures that your oral health is in tip-top condition, and that it's safe to do whitening treatments on your teeth. Remember: before anything else, health should always be priority!
Having your teeth professionally cleaned at least twice a year is not only good for your oral hygiene, but it also helps you achieve a brighter smile. This is because professional cleaning done by a dentist helps avoid tartar buildup and heavy plaque.
Do not underestimate the power of flossing
As mentioned, tartar and plaque can cause your teeth to appear yellow—so floss, floss, and floss away!
Try to avoid food and drinks that can stain your teeth
Now for the tough part. Try to avoid coffee, red wine, tea, red meat, soda, sugar, and chocolates as much as you can. But if you can't help it, it's okay to indulge—as long as you rinse your teeth with water right away!
Brush your teeth with baking soda
Here's an affordable and easy hack to combat stains: once a week, brush your teeth with baking soda, known for its natural whitening properties.
Undergo a cosmetic procedure
The enamel, located on the exterior part of the tooth, can be discolored because of our food choices. The good news is, removing surface stains through extrinsic whitening procedures is totally easy! One of today's top cosmetic whitening salons in the Philippines is The Smile Bar.
Using a non-invasive light procedure, The Smile Bar obtains your teeth's "most natural white smile" by returning it to its original color (aka what your teeth looked like before getting stained by food over the years).
This treatment is perfect for busy people-on-the-go, because The Smile Bar promises to deliver visible results in just 20 minutes. Using patented, revolutionary products and technology developed by Brilliant Smile in Sweden, your teeth can appear two to nine shades brighter. The best part? It's completely pain-free, and there's no downtime or side effects after the procedure.
Metro.Style's The Smile Bar Experience
As a lover of chocolate and tea, I'm guilty of having stained teeth. I was very excited to try The Smile Bar for the first time, and to see whether their services do deliver their promised results.
The first part of the treatment was the orientation. After the assessment, the specialist showed me what my current teeth looked like. I was a shade 28; she recommended that I do three rounds of whitening (20 minutes each) to achieve my whitest smile.
The specialist said that my current teeth color was Shade 28. The Smile Bar claims that their services can brighten your teeth up to 9 shades.
Before the procedure, I was asked to cleanse my teeth using their in-house mouthwash, toothpaste, and toothbrush. I was then led to a cute pod, where I could relax throughout the process. To ensure I was cozy, the specialist also lent me a blanket and an iPad.
After I made myself at home, they applied whitening gel on my teeth and made me wear a mouthguard-like piece. My teeth were then exposed under LED light for 20 minutes. After each round, I was asked to rinse my mouth with water. This went on three times.
Over all, the triple whitening treatment took over an hour (three rounds of 20 minutes each).
Trying out The Smile Bar's non-invasive Triple Whitening Treatment
Here are the results of the procedure. From a shade S28, my teeth transformed into an S18—that's 10 shades brighter in just over an hour! True to their word, The Smile Bar was completely painfree and comfortable—and they delivered fast results.
This service can definitely come in handy when you have special occasions lined up, like balls, conventions, or even birthdays. One of our editors at Metro.Style had her teeth brightened before her wedding day, making sure she looked picture-perfect on her Best Day Ever!
From a shade S28 to a shade S18!
The Smile Bar's whitening services are perfect for busy bees and foodies who want to brighten their teeth instantly. The 20-minute Single Whitening session costs P3,999, while the Double Whitening and the Triple Whitening are priced at P5,999 and P7,4999 respectively. For those who want to regularly maintain their Instagram-worthy smile, the Premium Smile Bundle (P28,499) is perfect for you. This special package includes 12 direct whitening sessions that you can use anytime—and you can even share them with a friend!
Before and after The Smile Bar's triple whitening treatment
The Smile Bar is located at Level 2, Uptown Parade and at Level 4, Ayala Malls Vertis North
Lead photos via @thesmilebarph