4 Ways To Make Your Teeth Look Whiter

by Gio

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Smiling can make you feel good. It can brighten up your mood and change your day for the better. But if your pearly whites aren’t that white, you can feel so self-conscious that you avoid to smile at all. You’d like to brighten them, but whitening treatments at the dentist can be expensive or maybe the procedure is just too harsh for your sensitive teeth.

But don’t despair. Makeup, clothes and jewellery can make them appear whiter. No, I’m not suggesting you apply makeup on your teeth or anything crazy like that. But using the right shades can really enhance your smile. Here’s how:

1. Say goodbye to yellow-based lipstick shades

If you have yellow teeth, warm yellow-based and orange-based lipstick shades such as corals, browns, oranges and tomatoes red, will emphasize them. Instead opt for blue-based shades like bright pinks, blue-based reds and wine tones. These will counteract the colour of your teeth, making them appear whiter.

2. Sunkissed glow

Have you noticed that your teeth seem whiter when you have a tan? It’s the contrast between the darker colour of your skin and the lighter hue of your teeth that does the trick. But don’t sunbathe or use tanning beds. They are dangerous and can cause premature aging and cancer. Instead, get that beautiful sunkissed glow by dusting a thin layer of bronzer on your face.

3. Stay away from pure white clothes

Pure, white clothes, and especially scarves, can emphasize any yellowness in your teeth. Cream and off-white colours that are a shade lighter than your teeth are a better choice.

4. Silver girl

Another way to play down the fact that your pearly whites aren’t as white as you’d like is to avoid gold jewellery. As we’ve seen above, warm tones emphasize yellowness. Wear silver jewellery, sparkling crystals and even rhinestones instead.

And now, smile with confidence! 🙂

Do you have any more tips to make teeth appear whiter?



Janessa June 2, 2012 - 12:30 am

I’ve never thought of 3 and 4! Great ideas :]. Drink less coffee or don’t smoke? Haha I don’t know any others.

beautifulwithbrains June 4, 2012 - 5:59 am

Janessa, those are great tips too, thanks for sharing!

Marina(Makeup4All) June 2, 2012 - 10:08 am

It is very true about the lipstick, I’ve noticed that this trick does work.

beautifulwithbrains June 4, 2012 - 6:01 am

Marina, it’s such a simple trick but it works so well, doesn’t it?

Alejandra June 2, 2012 - 10:11 pm

Be careful with pure mineral sunscreens (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide) the white cast left on the skin makes teeth look sooo yellow, even if they are not.

Tinted sunscreens are usually way more expensive and may not match with all skin colors (at least I couldnt find a tinted pure mineral sunscreen that is affordable), so what I do is mixing the sunscreen with a little of broncing gel or powder -just a little, if you put too much the spf will be considerable diminished- . Another option is mixing it with a small drop of foundation several shades darker than your skin, its just a matter of adjusting it and you dont really need too much.

beautifulwithbrains June 4, 2012 - 6:05 am

Alejandra, I hadn’t thought of that. I guess that’s because having very pale skin, the white cast left by mineral sunscreens is not a problem for me, but I can see how that would be a problem for others. It’s good that they can do something about it without compromising their efficacy. Thanks for sharing these tips!

Sophie June 3, 2012 - 3:39 am

Brushing with toothpaste containing baking soda and peroxide, or be cheap make a homemade paste of the two in the palm of your hand, using just enough to for one brushing. The baking soda is known for its whitening properties and the peroxide will kill non-aerobic bacteria (the ones that cannot stand oxygen) that live under your gumline and cause bad breath and plaque, which leads to tooth decay and gum disease. A one-two punch, if you will 😉

beautifulwithbrains June 4, 2012 - 6:06 am

Sophie, what a great tip! Thanks for sharing, I will definitely try it! 🙂


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