5 ‘who-knew?’ tricks to making teeth appear whiter

Four surprising ways to make your teeth look whiter

Complex treatments at the dentist aren’t the only way to get a brighter smile. Check out these simple tips you can do at home for sparkling pearly whites.


Maintaining a bright smile is an essential part of any beauty routine.

If you’ve got years of built-up stains, you might want to pay your dentist a visit for a full-scale cosmetic treatment. But if you simply need to prevent staining, give your teeth a brightness boost and ensure your smile really pops, Oral-B Smile Director Dr Unchenna Okoye can show you how.

As the clinical director of London Smiling Dental Group and one of an elite group of dentists with membership of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentristry and the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, she has all the expert tips.

1. Polish away surface stains

Think of this like exfoliating your face: you gently remove the dull surface to reveal brighter, fresher skin. Oral-B Pro Expert Deep Clean Toothpaste does the same for teeth, with dissolving microparticles which lift away stains.

“This mimics the diamond polish treatment dentists use to sand blast teeth with crystals,” says Dr Okoye. She recommends using this at night for a deep clean, and switching to Oral-B 3D White Luxe Perfection in the morning to seal in the brightness.

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2. Have a brush with power

Dentists agree that the power of an electric toothbrush is far more effective in removing plaque and brightening your smile than a manual toothbrush. And because most people don’t press so hard when the toothbrush is doing the hard work, it’s kinder on your gums too.

Dr Okoye recommends the Oral-B Pro-600 Cross-Action Electric Toothbrush for a precision clean with angled bristles, which remove up to twice as much plaque as a regular toothbrush.

3. Frame your smile with a bold lip

A bright lip colour can really add impact to your look. With the right colour, it can also help your smile pop by offering a contrasting tone to the whiteness of your teeth.

If you want to make your teeth look as bright as possible, Dr Okoye recommends steering clear of orange-tinged shades which will emphasise yellow tones. Instead, pick berry or ruby red tones with a bluer undertone, which will complement your sparkly white teeth.

4. Darken your nails

To look your best you’ve got to make sure the whole package works together: nails, skin and teeth. A deep berry nail polish with high shine contrasts with your skin to create the illusion of a brighter complexion and smile. For the same reason, be wary of muddy nude shades of polish, which can drain your colour.

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