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Two ingredients and two minutes is all you need for a brighter smile.
Looking for an at-home remedy which can be used to cure almost any type of skin and hair condition?
Apple cider vinegar has been used for years to control common skin conditions, and is also cheap and cheerful! We show you just a few different ways this do-it-all product can create a tremendous difference in your life.
Use one part apple cider vinegar and two parts water to create a gentle toner for sensitive skin. Apply with a cotton pad over selected areas of the face to minimise pores, and reduce the amount of acne-related breakouts.
Combine apple cider and warm water onto freshly washed hair for an instant treatment. Not only does it help to remove the build-up of dandruff, but will make hair look shiny and sleek.
To reduce redness on sunburnt skin, add one cup of apple cider vinegar into a lukewarm bath. The concentrated formula helps to reduce the look and appearance of sunburn without unsettling the skin.
Mix one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar into a warm tea with ginger to control an upset stomach. It has healing properties which helps to control indigestion and acid reflux.
Add a few drops of apple cider vinegar into your bath for a cheap and effective detox. Not only is the smell amazing, but it will help to soothe tired muscles.
Combine 1/2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar into 1 cup of water and gargle. This should eliminate any source of bad breath – especially if you’ve just had garlic!
Any nasty yeast infections can be cured with a simple bath. Soak in a lukewarm bath filled with 2 cups of apple cider vinegar to decrease any irritation.
Gargle with equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water to relieve a dry, itchy throat. Use it multiple times a day, and remember to drink lots of liquids!
Gargle with one cup of apple cider vinegar after brushing your teeth. The concentrated formula helps to remove any stains which your toothbrush can’t reach.
Combine apple cider vinegar and water to use a a facial cleanser for acne prone skin. It has antibacterial properties which help to cleanse pores, and create a clear face.
Those are just our top 10 ways to use apple cider vinegar! What are some of yours?
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Since hitting the market more than a decade ago, teeth whitening products are impossible to avoid.
If a whitening toothpaste just isn’t your thing, there are strips, mouthwashes, and even at-home UV treatments which are a fraction of the cost compared to a dentist visit. We’ve shared with you some of our best and worst whitening products over the last year.
Purchase: Pearl Drops Glam White, $8.99
A gentle formula which whitens teeth with daily use over a period of just 2 weeks. Use once a day to decrease the appearance of plaque, remove stains from your teeth, and create a glossy finish which is perfect for sensitive teeth.
Pass: Colgate Optic White Toothpaste, $9.99
While this toothpaste leaves a minty, fresh after-taste, it doesn’t do much to actually whiten your smile. Even when used twice daily for a prolonged period of time, the formula doesn’t appear to remove stains, let alone plaque.
Ideal for sensitive teeth: Cleverwhite Dissolving Whitening Strips, $29.99
Effective whitening strips are notoriously difficult to get your hands on in Australia. Most people resort to dupes through eBay or other speciality whitening sites, but Priceline offers a great alternative at an affordable price. The whitening strips dissolve into your teeth so there’s nothing to remove, without causing additional sensitivity to delicate teeth.
Pass: Polident Whitening Cleanser Tablets, $5.79
Although the tablets leave your breath feeling minty fresh, they don’t do much to whiten the appearance of stained teeth. Rather, they are effective at removing nasty plaque from hard to reach places.
Purchase: Desert Essence Whitening Plus Mouthwash, $5.40
The only mouthwash which effectively whitens teeth after just one week, and is perfect for those suffering from sensitive teeth and gums. Use both morning and night after brushing for a refreshing taste, and whiter teeth.
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As an avid fan of anything new in the world of beauty and ultimately a lover of a quick-fix, when I was offered the opportunity to trial the Phillips Zoom! Teeth Whitening Treatment I jumped at the chance.
Having tried and tested several at-home whitening products (and generally failed), the fact that the procedure was done by a real dentist in a clinic really appealed me. Lots of people aren’t huge fans of going to the dentist but I’ve never had a problem with it. To be honest, the chance to lay back with some funky sunnies on while other people attend to me is something I find quite relaxing. It’s no Swedish massage but, for me, a trip to the dentist is a little luxury.
I visited Quality Dental in North Sydney and was looked after exceptionally well by Dr Luke Cronin and his team. After a quick clean and polish to make sure my teeth were in the their best condition for the whitening process, it was time to take my before photo (below). It seems the years of coffee drinking had actually taken a hold – which I’d somehow been oblivious to.
As I then reclined back in the chair, a paste was applied to my teeth before an LED light that was positioned over my mouth. Basically Zoom uses the light to actively whiten the teeth in short, 15-minute bursts. I’m not going to lie, it was a tad uncomfortable – you can’t really move about at all while the light is on your teeth – but, as I found out later, the results are truly worth it.
The only way I can think to describe the feeling is kind of like an ice cream headache – but in your jaw. Weird, I know. Or possibly a pinched nerve but it passes very quickly.
Having said that, by the end of my second round (the usual treatment in three 15-minute rounds) I’d had enough and was ready to see the results. See the after pic below.
The claim is that treatment can whiten teeth up to 8 shades in 45 minutes. I’m not quite sure whether my transformation was quite up that standard but it was certainly noticeable. Yes, people actually said ‘wow, your teeth look really white’.
Getting a great celebrity smile isn’t difficult to achieve if you have a regular routine and the right tools at hand. We’re not talking about visits to the dentist to get that smile whitened, just a few inexpensive products that will work wonders on your teeth and won’t won’t break the bank.
Avoid food/drinks that stain your teeth
Often a difficult step to achieve, although try to moderate the amount of food and drinks that could cost you that white smile. Some foods that stain the teeth include red wine, coffee, dark juices, beetroot, etc. A great rule to remember, is if the food or drink stains your tongue, then it will surely stain your teeth as well.
Try a whitening toothpaste
Using a whitening toothpaste will help to keep your teeth looking whiter for longer. Look for products with the ingredient ‘sodium monofluorophosphate’ which actively aids in removing stains on teeth, and if used regularly, will prevent tooth decay. Colgate Optic White ($5.99) toothpaste has a whitening formula which dentists use to whiten teeth, specialised for everyday use and used best in conjunction with your usual oral routine.
Eat ‘detergent foods’
Detergent foods help to prevent cavities and assist in cleaning our teeth while we eat. Some great examples would include apples, broccoli and lettuce. They work as a plaque barrier, to actively clean the teeth and prevent stains from other foods.
Keeping to a regular oral hygiene routine will bring you sparkling white teeth in no time. Remember to brush twice a day, and of course never forget to floss your teeth. Flossing gets to the difficult places where brushing can’t always reach, and cleaning your tongue will eradicate bacteria which tends to spread around the mouth. Maintaining this routine is especially difficult for children, so why not try brushing your teeth at the same time, to make it easier for them to remember.
So those are our top tips to a whiter smile. How do you keep your teeth looking white and fresh?
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By Felicia Sapountzis
A beautiful white smile makes a knockout impression. Scientific studies have shown it’s one of the biggest reasons a person is perceived as more attractive, successful or youthful than perhaps they actually are. On the other hand, discoloured teeth can have exactly the opposite effect. There are numerous options for whitening your smile, whatever your budget or time constraints.
1. Watch what you eat – and not just for weight control!
Cut consumption of staining agents such a coffee, tea, red wine and cola drinks. Clean your teeth for 2-3 minutes at least twice a day using a brush with a small head and soft bristles or, better still, an electric toothbrush. The Australian Dental Association (ADA) recommends placing your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth, aiming the bristles toward the gum line. Jiggle the brush gently back and forward, only brushing one or two teeth at a time. Use an advanced formula whitening toothpaste to help reduce stains. Rinse with a whitening mouthwash and floss every day to keep plaque and decay at bay.
2. Dental checkups
Regular dental checkups and professional scaling and cleaning to remove tartar once or twice a year are highly recommended if you want to keep your teeth healthy. Indeed, keep them in your head, as well as clean and bright.
3. Do-it-yourself whitening
DIY whitening kits, paint-on solutions and adhesive strips will give subtle, cumulative results at home. For more “wow” and longer-lasting results, you can’t beat professional teeth whitening from your dentist. He or she will use either laser or bleaching systems, or both, with take-home kits to enhance results.
Not everyone is a suitable candidate. If your teeth and gums are not in a healthy condition before you whiten, the procedure may cause more damage. There may be other reasons. See your dentist first. This caution applies to commercial whitening toothpastes and mouth rinses, as well as cheaper shopping centre/beauty salon tooth-whitening systems that are usually performed without dental supervision.
4. Smile restorations
Smile restorations are a huge investment of time and money. If your teeth are making you feel self-conscious, are beyond whitening techniques but you can’t right afford a substantial outlay, Snap-On Smiles (www.snaponsmile.com) are an effective means of achieving a stunning smile , instantly. They are a custom-made set of teeth molded from a top-secret formula. They simply slide over the top of your existing teeth, giving you the appearance of an ideal smile. You can jslide them out again whenever you want.
5. Dental crowns and veneers
To transform the look of your smile (and thereby your whole face) or simply to protect damage to a tooth’s surface, dental crowns and veneers have become an integral offering of modern cosmetic dentistry. With veneers, a thin layer of material is placed over a tooth or teeth and can be used to recontour their shape, fill gaps, improve the contour of the gum line and overall make the smile look straighter, whiter and more beautiful. Veneers are usually made of porcelain or a composite resin (the latter is also known as bonding, and is a somewhat cheaper option). But only a highly qualified dentist can determine if veneers are the best solution for your teeth issues. Technology has advanced so that, with some veneers, there is no need to remove any of the tooth’s natural structure. An added benefit is that veneers can add more support to the lips, making them look fuller and more youthful.
A dental crown is a “cap” that covers a tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and to improve its appearance. When the crowns are cemented into place they fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line. Crowns can restore an already broken tooth or one that has been severely worn down by grinding (bruxism) or general wear and tear. They can protect a weak tooth from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth, hold a dental bridge in place, cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left, cover a dental implant or misshapen or severely discoloured teeth.
6. Change your lipstick
Astonishingly, the colour of your lipstick/gloss can make or break a beautiful white smile. Using a dental color guide, cosmetics giant Clinique compared the brightness of teeth before and after applying certain lipstick colors. These 10 were found to make teeth look a full shade whiter, depending on your individual colouring: Peach Pop, A Different Grape, Cranberry Cream, Red-y To Wear, Raspberry Rush, Raspberry Glacé, Go Fig, Pink-a-boo, Ice Bloom, and Twilight Nude.
Have you tried teeth whitening? What worked – or didn’t – for you? Share it in the comments!
One thing most of us long for is whiter teeth. We’d all love to have sparkling white teeth like our favourite celebrities, but professional bleaching at the dentist’s office can put a big crimp in your budget. Here are ways to get a brighter smile at home.
Get a bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide from the pharmacy and mix it with water to make a 50/50 solution. Pour about 30 milliliters of this solution in your mouth and swirl it around for a minute. Spit out the solution and rinse your mouth with water.
Don’t be disturbed if the solution starts to foam in your mouth, because that’s shows that it’s working. The hydrogen peroxide combines with oral bacteria to form bubbles. Brush teeth after rinsing.
Peroxide and baking soda
Brushing once a week with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda can keep teeth looking clean and bright. Just mix 10 milliliters of peroxide into 15 milliliters of baking soda to form a paste and use it to brush your teeth. After teeth are covered, leave mixture on for two minutes.
You can add a bit of mint-flavoured toothpaste to improve the taste. Adding a dash of salt will help to exfoliate the teeth, but should not be used too often since it’s highly abrasive. Rinse with water and brush teeth again with regular toothpaste.
Teeth whitening kits
If you’re looking for faster results and willing to pay a few bucks to get them, whitening kits are available at pharmacies and online. One favourite is the Bdazzled Teeth Whitening Kit that sells for about $90. This kit promises whiter teeth in 5-14 days with results that last up to two years.
The Bdazzled kit contains two thermo shrink mouthguards, three tubes of Bdazzled gel, one mouthguard case and detailed instructions. The whitening gel is placed in the mouthguard and worn for 30 minutes twice per day for 5-14 days. The number of days the gel is used depends on the severity of the staining.
A less-expensive home whitening solution is the CleverWhite One-Step Teeth Whitening Kit that sells for about $30. This kit also uses trays and gel, and it promises results in just five days. The 10 trays are pre-filled for easy use.
CleverWhite also sells Dissolving Whitening Strips for $24.95. These strips dissolve on the teeth and whiten in 10 minutes. They can be used once or twice a day.
What’s your favourite way to get whiter teeth?