How to Make Your Teeth Appear Whiter
When you’re looking for a way to get whiter teeth, it can be hard to know where to start. There are so many different ways out there that all claim to work wonders – but which ones really do?
For a start, have you ever wondered why your teeth are the colour they are? It’s because of a pigment called “Mamelon.” Mamelon is responsible for giving us our different skin tones, and it also gives our teeth their unique shade. This pigment is located within the outermost layer of our teeth, known as enamel. Enamel is a hard but porous material that protects the inner layers of your tooth from decay and damage – it’s this layer that gives us our bright white smile!
There are two types of pigmentation in our mamelon; eumelanin (black/brown) or pheomelanin (red), which produce different colours depending on their concentration levels. The more concentrated they are, the darker your shade will be.
Enamel itself has no colour, so what makes up for it is how much pigment there actually is inside each cell of enamel itself. This means if you want whiter teeth then one way to do it would be to eat foods that are high in anti-oxidants, as these help flush out the pigmentation inside your enamel. Foods like blueberries and strawberries for example!
Whiter teeth aren’t just aesthetically pleasing though; if you do have discoloured or stained teeth it can be an embarrassing problem which often leads people not wanting to smile anymore – but what most don’t realise is white teeth actually make us look younger (which means no Botox required!). Studies show whiter teeth also improve your confidence levels too because they give off a more healthy impression which makes others want to be around you more. Here are some methods to try if you want whiter teeth:
Use whitening toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride helps remove stains from the surface of your enamel, so this will help with lightening them slightly over time. However, do not rely on this method alone – don’t expect miracles!
Brush with activated charcoal powder or toothpaste – it’s one of the best ways to remove stains from your enamel safely. This works as a magnet for toxins such as coffee and wine so they can be removed easily before they have time to settle in your pearly whites.
Use coconut oil daily either by itself or mixed with baking soda. Baking soda also helps brush away those nasty surface stains that plague our otherwise perfect smile!