Oral-B Smile Director Dr Uchenna Okoye is the Clinical Director of London Smiling Dental Group. She’s part of an elite group of dentists with membership in both the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
Here are her suggestions to keep the sparkle in your smile.
Invest in DIY whitening strips
Now with a single trip to the dentist, you can start creating that Hollywood smile at home, using Oral B 3D White Whitestrips, available from your nearest Oral-B dentist.
“Finally, everyone can whiten their teeth. At the first appointment your dentist will show you how to use them safely, then you can confidently apply them at home for whiter, brighter-looking teeth,” says Uchenna.
After the first application, you can use the same powerful, enamel-safe ingredients at home to lift away stains that toothpaste can’t reach for up to 12 months of white smiles.
Check out the Oral-B dentist finder to get started.
Switch to an electric brush
Electric toothbrushes simply work better, sweeping away more plaque and cleaning better between teeth than a regular toothbrush. That was the verdict of the Cochrane Collection, an independent healthcare charity which examined the evidence in 2014. So try the Oral-B Pro 600 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush and see how its specially designed head gently removes surface stains for a bright smile.
Brighten your smile with lipstick
One tip professional make-up artists recommend is to brush your lips as well as your teeth: it helps to smooth away dry, flaky patches and allows your lip balm to hydrate your lips properly.
Once you’ve prepared the canvas, it’s time to splash on the colour to brighten your lips and make your teeth seem even whiter. Try out a few shades in good natural light while looking in a hand mirror to find out if it’s a deep berry red or coral pink that really makes your smile pop.
Your teeth are what you eat
We all know that there a few culprits that are responsible for staining teeth: red wine, black tea and coffee, not to mention cigarettes. Cutting back on these where you can may help to keep your pearly whites in top condition. And if you do succumb, crunching on some crisp foods afterwards, such as apples, celery or raw carrots, can have a natural cleaning effect.