Who doesn’t want whiter teeth? A brighter smile makes you look healthier, more successful, and wealthier – and those things can only be a boon to your career and lifestyle. According to an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry survey about the value we place on our smiles, the thing people most want to improve about their smile is to have whiter and brighter teeth. There is more than one way to get a smile makeover and freshen up that grin.

1. Eat fruit for whiter teeth

Finally, something sweet that’s good for you in more ways than one! Strawberries are powerful, natural teeth whiteners that contain vitamin C and an astringent which effectively removes surface stains. Munch on them as a healthy snack, add them to salads, or have them as a side dish. There is no wrong way to embrace the strawberry.

2. Go sour to get a sweet smile

The citric acid in lemon juice has a bleaching effect. Just don’t overdo it. Whether you have the taste-bud-tolerance to eat lemons straight or mix the juice into a baking soda paste, lemons are acidic and too much lemon juice can cause tooth sensitivity and weaken enamel. Apple cider vinegar is also an effective teeth-whitening and stain-removing solution (acidic as well, so tread carefully), which can kill odor-causing bacteria that causes bad breath.

3. Beautify your lips carefully

Women choose lipstick colors that are complementary to their skin tone, but selecting the wrong shades can actually make yellow teeth look even yellower. Opt for pinks and blue-reds over gold or orange lipsticks to make your teeth appear whiter.

4. Say yes to professional teeth whitening

The most effective way to spruce up your smile is through professional teeth whitening at your cosmetic dentist’s office. The powerful stain-removing formula can whiten your teeth in just one hour and last for years. You may want to argue that over-the-counter teeth whitening kits will get the job done eventually, but users of such products can be tempted to abuse them, over-whitening teeth and damaging enamel in the process, making your teeth more porous and even less resistant to future staining.

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5. Get the sun-kissed look

No need to soak up rays or fake bake. Sweeping some bronzer over your body will give you a healthy-looking tan, making your teeth look whiter and brighter.

6. Brush, but do it carefully

Whitening toothpastes can be effective in brightening up your teeth, but enamel-strengthening toothpaste is actually the smarter choice. Protecting tooth enamel means your teeth are fortified against staining. Avoid brushing harder, thinking a heavier hand is one way to scrub the yellow away – you’ll just irritate your gums in the process.

7. Choose porcelain veneers

You want white teeth, you want them quickly, and you want that white smile to last for as long as possible. Porcelain veneers and Lumineers resist staining far better than natural teeth, plus they correct other smile problems like crooked or chipped teeth.

Contact Sherman Oaks Dentistry to learn about our new patient special and consult with Dr. Harold Perlaza about the teeth whitening or other cosmetic dentistry procedures that can give you a beautiful, bright smile.