It’s a no-brainer. A whiter, brighter smile makes you look younger, and research by the New York-based think tank Center for Talent Innovation has found that male and female bosses alike cited stained or crooked teeth as the single worst appearance blunder undermining a person’s “executive presence”. So if you know your teeth aren’t up to scratch and your Instagram page is full of tight-lipped selfies due to your less than brilliant teeth, then it’s time to take action.
The lower part of the face can be very aging — think: thinning lips, deepening marionette lines, and a slackening jaw, not to mention yellowing teeth. “I do feel that people focus more on their skin and sometimes miss the boat on what’s going on in their mouth,” says New York cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Apa, who has fixed the smiles of a host of celebs such as Huda Kattan and the Olsen twins. “But people start injecting their lips, cheeks, and folds around the mouth, and this actually causes a worse effect on aging teeth.”
The fact remains that no matter how good the rest of your face looks, teeth get more yellow as we get older, so they’re an immediate giveaway of your age. It doesn’t have to be hard to get a mega-watt smile and, in honor of tomorrow being World Smile Day, we reveal some of our top tips and tricks.
Begin with the Basics
Want a fresher, healthier-looking smile? Then you’ve got to get your basic dental-care regimen right. What’s the point of spending a fortune on professional treatments if you’re not looking after your teeth correctly at home? Here are five ways to get them back on track.
Never tried flossing? Then make this the first thing you add to your nightly routine. Flossing helps stop stains from building up between the teeth and remove food and plaque, which can build up and lead to gum disease, loose teeth, and receding gums – not a good look in your quest to look youthful!
Upgrade Your Toothbrush
They may be affordable and seem like they’re doing a good job, but a manual toothbrush won’t be able to get into all the nooks and crannies of your mouth in quite the same way as an electric toothbrush. The electric variety also oscillates and rotates to clean in a way you can never replicate with a manual one. “An electric toothbrush is always a good idea,” says Dr. Apa. “They remove stains from the tooth surface and give you noticeably whiter teeth in a matter of weeks.”
Studies have shown that if you use an electric toothbrush twice a day, it can remove up to 100 percent more plaque than a manual toothbrush! “But make sure you brush for a full two minutes for the best results,” recommends Dr. Apa. Try the Oral-B ‘Tri-Zone Pro 7000 SmartSeries Electric Toothbrush’, the first of its kind, which uses Bluetooth technology to work together with an app on your smartphone to provide the most superior clean.
Choose the Right Toothpaste
If you want to brighten stained teeth, then swap your regular toothpaste for a whitening one like the Marvis ‘Whitening Toothpaste’. These kinds of toothpastes won’t actually bleach your teeth, but have ingredients that reduce stains by exfoliating and polishing any stains away from their surface. Prevention is better than cure in the case of yellowing teeth, so also make sure to brush right after you drink coffee or any other stain-encouraging drink or food.
Marvis ‘Whitening Mint Toothpaste Pack’
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Want a whiter smile? Then try an at-home whitening treatment like the APA ‘White Duo’. The two-step process mimics professional whitening treatments usually only found in the dentist’s chair. A whitening pen containing 18 percent Carbamide Peroxide gets to work to immediately brighten your smile, while White Films mold seamlessly to your teeth to lock in the whitening agents and deliver a second round of brightening action.
After any whitening treatment, take a closer look at your diet and lifestyle as anything that will stain a white shirt will also stain your teeth and undo all that hard work! Try to avoid smoking and all dark foods and liquids, such as tea and coffee. When drinking fizzy beverages, use a straw as this not only prevents stains, but also protects your teeth from harmful acids.
Apa Beauty ‘Apa White Duo’
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Start from Scratch
Hate your teeth and want a more permanent procedure to improve them? Dr. Apa’s ‘Facial Aesthetic Design’ is a revolutionary new way of fitting customized porcelain veneers to create a smile that balances your facial features. Unlike older veneer styles, one size doesn’t fit all – Dr. Apa looks at each patient individually, taking into consideration their aging process and what’s happened to their face and teeth over time. The result is a design that will harmonize your facial beauty without the need for plastic surgery, Botox, or fillers.
For more information and to make an appointment, visit www.apaaesthetic.ae or call (+971) 4 709 1000.