These days, a Hollywood smile is as coveted as the latest “It” bag or Kylie ‘Lip Kit’. To help you get your best smile ever, Savoir Flair sat down with Beverley Watson, dental hygienist at leading Dubai dental practice Apa Aesthetics. The experts here are your go-to guys (and girls) to get that superstar smile and the ones behind the bright, pearly whites of Huda Kattan, Jessica Kahawaty, and Natalia Shustova, to name a few.
Read on for Watson’s top tips and tricks to keep stains at bay and get whiter teeth in no time.
Brown stains often collect between the teeth, so floss once a day to prevent the collection of micro particles that get stuck and create the overall appearance of dull, dark teeth.
Use a Whitening Toothpaste
Using a good, non-abrasive whitening toothpaste is essential. The Apa Beauty ‘White Toothpaste’ has enamel-hardening properties and no fluoride, and it leaves your teeth feeling smooth and looking bright!
Apa Beauty ‘White Toothpaste’
The vibrating action of an electric toothbrush can dislodge stains much better than a manual one. Hold your electric toothbrush for a few seconds on each tooth and make sure the bristles make full contact, only slightly touching the gum. Work your way around the whole mouth for two minutes. Remember to take your time and don’t scrub your gums away!
Sip Through a Straw
Coffee, black tea, berry juices, and green juices – all of these will dull your potentially stunning smile. Think of it this way: anything that stains your cup will stain your teeth. Just because it’s healthy and good for you doesn’t mean it won’t discolor your teeth! Green tea, for example, is best drunk through a straw.
Make a DIY Whitening Mix
Mix two teaspoons of sodium bicarbonate (or baking powder, as it’s more commonly known) with the juice of half a lemon and mix into a paste. Using your electric toothbrush, brush this mixture onto teeth for one minute, then add water and rinse. It’s very effective but abrasive on the teeth, so only do this once a week. Brush your teeth afterwards with the Apa Beauty ‘White Toothpaste’ to help re-mineralize your teeth.
Try Oil Pulling
If you do this on a daily basis, you’ll notice a difference in just three months – your teeth can be brightened by up to three shades. It does require a lot of dedication, but it’s worth it and really healthy for your good bacteria too. Take one tablespoon of coconut oil and swish it around your mouth for 10 to 20 minutes every day.
Buy an At-Home Kit
The Apa Beauty ‘White Duo’ kit contains a whitening gel pen and strips that you place onto your teeth. They brighten your smile in the comfort of your own home and all you need is one hour a day for five days to see a big difference.
Apa Beauty ‘Apa White Duo’
Splurge on a Professional Cleaning
Think of a professional cleaning like a Turkish hammam for the mouth because it’s the ultimate way to get whiter, brighter teeth. Book in for a cleaning session with your dental hygienist; it will be much more effective for your oral and general health than a cleaning done by a dentist.
Create an Optical Illusion
Healthy, tanned skin and a red lipstick with blue undertones will always make your teeth appear whiter. Try not to use lipsticks with orange-y hues as they can make teeth look more yellow!
Head to Apa Aesthetics
Book an appointment at Apa Aesthetics and get a professional whitening treatment done. It takes between one to two hours and the experts here use a gel stronger than the one in the at-home kit and a gentle plasma light to get those pearly whites looking bright! Lie back, catch up on the latest Netflix shows or watch a movie (you’re given noise-cancelling headphones and there’s a TV mounted on the ceiling), and relax.
For more information or to book a professional teeth-whitening session with Beverely Watson, click here or call (+971) 4 709 1000.