How To Make Your Smile Sparkle this 2021

Do you dream of a bright white smile? Many of us would love to have perfect pearly whites. If your smile is dull, or your teeth are starting to show the effects of your coffee addiction, here are some tips to make your smile sparkle. 

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Professional cleaning

Be honest. When was the last time you paid a dental hygienist a visit? Dental hygienists play an essential role in treating patients with gum disease, but they can also provide services to naturally whiten the teeth and lower the risk of oral health issues. Professional cleaning treatments are more intensive than brushing, and hygienists can remove surface stains and target problem areas, for example, the cracks between the teeth that are difficult to reach with a brush. If you’re keen to enjoy a brighter, cleaner smile, seeing a hygienist once a year is an excellent idea. 

Tooth whitening

A radiant smile has long been associated with health, wealth, beauty and success. The good news is that cosmetic dentistry is no longer restricted to the rich and famous. Whitening treatments are more affordable than ever before, and there is a range of options available. If you’re interested in professional teeth whitening, it’s advisable to do some research, arrange consultations and find out more about the methods available to you. You can choose to have at-home treatment, which is convenient if you have a busy schedule, or in-chair treatment. In-chair therapies tend to work faster and they can bring about more dramatic transformations. When considering whitening treatment, it’s crucial to visit a registered, experienced dentist. Whitening is a safe, effective treatment when administered by a trained, qualified dental professional, but there are risks involved and it should only be provided by those with the relevant expertise. 

Oral hygiene at home

One of the simplest ways to make a difference to the aesthetic of your smile is to implement an effective oral hygiene regime at home. Studies suggest that a third of millennials only brush once a day, despite recommendations from dental experts. Set aside 2-3 minutes each morning and evening to brush your teeth and floss daily. It’s also beneficial to clean your tongue and to ensure you change your brush or electric toothbrush head every 3-4 months. Be gentle when you clean your teeth. If you brush too forcefully, this can damage the enamel. Wait for 45-60 minutes after eating to brush and try and avoid snacking between meals. When you eat, the bacteria in your mouth feed, and this causes them to release acids, which weaken the enamel. If you graze constantly, your teeth never have a chance to recover. Once the enamel is worn, there is a risk of increased sensitivity and decay. It’s also hugely beneficial to moderate your intake of sugary and acidic foods and drinks. 

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Nothing makes you feel more confident than a bright white smile. If your teeth are more dull than dazzling, take these tips on board. Brush twice a day, floss daily, arrange frequent dental hygiene appointments and consider undergoing professional whitening treatment. 

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5 Ways to Naturally Whiten Your Teeth

Looking for ways to keep your teeth looking fresh and white? It’s so important to keep them healthy and in check. But no matter how much you keep up with flossing and brushing, your teeth can still be discolored. The problem is, teeth become discolored or stained for so many different reasons. 

Eating certain foods, for example, can cause our teeth to become stained. As time goes by, our tooth enamel gets thinner, and the dentin starts to become yellow. Both of these natural processes mean that our teeth may become less white as we age. If you’re looking for a few natural ways to get whiter teeth, check out a few of these.

1. Use Baking Soda

Baking soda, also called sodium bicarbonate, is a kind of salt made with bicarbonate anion and sodium cation. The original crystalline form is grounded into a fine powder which is then used in baking recipes or cleaning. When you brush your teeth using baking soda, you can reduce plaque, prevent decay, and remove stains. Try using a pea-sized amount mixed with your regular toothpaste.

2. Consider Your Diet

Looking for the easiest way to get naturally white teeth? The key is to consider your diet. It’s best to steer clear of drinks and foods which can stain the teeth. Avoid drinking too many dark juices or sodas, as well as wine or coffee. Foods that are dark in color can also cause stains, including soy sauce, curries, or dark berries.

Acidic foods can also leave you with yellow teeth, and this is because the acid can damage the enamel. For this reason, you should avoid eating too much candy and citrus fruits. Overall, eating a healthy diet can help to improve your teeth and improve your skin too.

3 . Oil Pulling Method

Oil pulling is a method of washing the mouth using oil. The idea is to remove dirt, bacteria, and debris. The oil pulling method is also effective as a teeth whitening solution. The National Library Of Medicine concluded that ‘Oil pulling using coconut oil could be an effective adjuvant procedure in decreasing plaque formation and plaque-induced gingivitis.’ You can try sunflower oil, sesame oil, or coconut oil.

4 . Neem

Neem is a kind of natural herb extracted from Neem trees; the tree is sometimes called Indian lilac, or its botanical name, Azadirachta indica. Centuries ago, sticks of neem were considered a great natural toothpaste, and many people still use this method today. Studies have indicated that the herb can prevent plaque, gum disease, and whiten your teeth. Neem is also an awesome herb for freshening the breath.

5. Basil

Basil is another great remedy for teeth whitening; it has natural bleaching properties and can help to fade yellow stains. Simply ground up basil leaves until you have a fine powder, and then mix the powder up with your regular toothpaste. You’d be surprised how many regular garden herbs are great for oral health, whether it’s peppermint or sage!

Now what if you’re looking for further improvements? If your teeth are chipped or cracked, meet with a cosmetic dentist. Whether you want to fix the gaps in your teeth or realign crooked teeth, the right dentist can help.

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My 5 Skincare Tips for The Perfect Complexion

Maintaining a healthy complexion is so crucial for the modeling industry. I’ve definitely had my battles with agency and client rejection because I had cystic/hormonal acne when I first got into the industry. For some people, perfect skin seems to come naturally (good genes) while it can take a lot of work for others. I was definitely on the other side.

Whether you want to be a model or not, skincare is essential for several reasons. And it’s not all about the way you look. Our skin plays a major role in how our bodies function day to day. After all, skin is the largest organ of the body. On a scientific level, it prevents viruses and bacteria from entering your body and protects you from harmful solar radiation. It helps regulate your body’s temperature and reacts to critical changes in your environment through pain and pressure.

So how do we get our skin to live its best life and glow up? The basics are using the right moisturizer and exfoliating products depending on your skin type. You can amp it up with certain cosmetic treatments like chemical peels and microneedling, but the most important thing is to adopt good habits. Try incorporating these five practices into your daily life, and I promise your skin will improve dramatically.

1. Drink more water

Doctors, dermatologists, estheticians, and the like are always recommending people drink more water, and it’s not for nothing. Being adequately hydrated can help almost all aspects of the body, and the skin is no exception. Drinking eight glasses a water a day will help to rid your skin of toxins and give you a radiant glow. Add a little lemon and apple cider vinegar for a deeper clean.

2. Eat the right food

You are what you eat. Your diet has a massive influence on your skin’s health, so pay attention to what you put into it. Meals full of fried foods will only make your skin greasy and lead to acne breakouts and other imperfections. I’m not saying restrict yourself from fatty foods because fat is essential for our bodies. But instead, opt for healthy fats like omega-3. When deciding on your next meal, pick ingredients high in omega-3. Clean eating means clear skin. And having a balance will keep your hormones and body in check, limiting breakouts.

3. Exercise

Being physically active slows the aging process, and it also has a positive effect on your skin’s appearance. The general recommendation is 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each day. This could be anything from a power walk or bike ride to something more extreme, like kickboxing or reformer pilates. Just make sure to wash the sweat off your face afterward!

4. Get more sleep

We could all use more sleep in this busy world, and lack of sleep can definitely hurt your skin quality. Not getting enough rest at night can speed up the aging process and lead to wrinkles as well as worsening any existing skin problems. Be sure to get your eight hours each night. 

5. Reduce stress

Stress is one of the worst things for our body. It can worsen almost any health condition and has been linked to all kinds of skin issues, including rashes, acne, and sweating. If you are suffering from stress, take steps to relieve anxiety. There are so many ways to reduce stress including talking about your problems, meditating, or taking a break from stress-inducing technology.

I challenge you to do these 5 practices religiously for a month, take a before/after pictures, and let me know if you see a difference.

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