You can’t put a price on a beautiful smile (unless you’re Julia Roberts) but you most certainly can afford to smile a little brighter. Despite fish gapes and duck faces being all the rage, still, nothing looks happier than a wide grin that shows off those pearly whites. From the old baking soda hack to taking a laser at the dentist’s chair, here we count down three teeth-whitening ways tailored to fit every budget.
For those looking for a low-cost home remedy…
We all know that the kitchen can be a treasure trove of products that serve us in more ways than one—and baking soda is a perfect example of that. One easy home remedy you can do to brighten your teeth is by creating your own strawberry-and-baking-soda whitening paste (because strawberries are a natural teeth whitener, too.) Simply crush the strawberries into a pulp, put them in the blender and add two tablespoons of baking soda to create the paste. Use it to brush your teeth or if it's too harsh on your gums, simple leave it on for a minute or two before rinsing out with water.
For the lazy girl looking for an instant hack…
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Love That Red, P350, Watson’s
Not only is maintaining a consistently bright megawatt smile a tedious task, it’s also quite heavy on the pocket. However, if you’re a frequent user of whitening toothpaste and strips, one easy cheat to amplifying the brightness of your teeth is by wearing red lipstick. Yes, you heard that right. Scarlet hues are generally flattering but with the perfect blue-based red, your tube of rouge instantly doubles as a teeth whitening treatment. The logic is fairly simple: the blue cancels out orange and yellow tones, therefore creating the illusion of brighter and whiter teeth.
For those in need of serious help…
One highly effective—and costly—way to instantly brighten your teeth is by laser treatments. The procedure is quick and lasts for about an hour or less with the price varying on the dentist and the discoloration of your teeth. Lasik and aesthetics clinic Shinagawa offers such treatments which promise to give you visible results in an instant.
Want to give it a try? Visit their main branch at Mezzanine, Tower 2, The Enterprise Center, 6766 Ayala Ave. cor. Paseo de Roxas, Makati City or check out their website at www.shinagawa.ph for more info on their treatments.
Images by Gab Gutierrez