January 28, 2014 - Hair and Beauty

Beauty Buzz | Five Tips for Whiter Teeth

Tips for Whiter Teeth As a two cup a day coffee drinker and three cup a day green tea drinker, I have to work really hard to maintain a white smile. Fortunately there are a whole plethora of products on the market that make it a lot easier.  Combined with some tips and tricks I’ve learned through the years, keeping my smile stain-free is pretty easy.  Here are my top five tips for whiter teeth.

1.  Drink Through a Straw – A friend and I were at Starbucks one day when she ordered her coffee with a straw.  At first, I thought she was crazy until she explained that drinking coffee and tea through a straw gives it less contact with your teeth.  Genius!   You might feel silly doing this at first, but trust me, it works.

2.  Use an Electric Toothbrush – Electric toothbrushes are best for removing the deeply imbedded surface stains on teeth.  I was amazed at the difference in my teeth when I switched to using one.  My affordable yet effective favorite is the Philips Sonicare Essence.

3.  Touch Up with Whitening Strips – I wore braces for almost five years as an adult.  After they were removed, I got one of those expensive whitening treatments done by my dentist.  It was very effective but I’ve had to maintain it with touch ups.  I’ve had the best results with Crest 3D Whitestrips Intensive Professional Effects.  After my daughter got her braces removed last year, we used these to whiten her smile.  They were just as effective as the expensive treatment I got but for a lot less.

4.  Brush with Whitening Toothpaste – This one is a no-brainer but using whitening toothpaste on a daily basis really does make a difference.  Just make sure it’s the right one.  I’m not kidding when I say that I’ve tried almost every whitening toothpaste on the market.  Hands down the best results I’ve gotten in both whitening and preventing stains is Crest 3D White Luxe Glamorous White Toothpaste.  It’s removes up to 90% of surface stains in five days.

5.  Fake it With Bronzer – You know how your teeth look whiter when you have a tan?  You can fake a brighter smile year-round with a facial bronzer or sunless tanner.  Sunless tanner applied to your face makes teeth and the whites of your eyes look brighter.  Bare Minerals Faux Tan Face gradually develops into a natural looking tan and won’t clog pores or cause breakouts.

It’s Your Turn:  What tips do you have for a whiter, brighter smile?  Share them in the comments.


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  • Love, Love our electric toothbrushes!! Susan

  • Thanks, Alison. I will have to use these, my coffee addiction has really done a number on my teeth. 🙁

  • Bronzer makes everything better! 😉 I love my whitening toothpaste. With that and white strips, it helps so much!

  • I own an electric toothbrush but haven’t used it in years! I think it must have just gotten “lost in the shuffle” during one of my many moves. I can’t use whitening toothpaste because my teeth or super sensitive, but I should definitely dig out my Sonicare…

  • I have had great success with Crest White Stripes and an electric tooth brush. What I need to get it that bronzer!!! Great idea.

  • Great tips! I love Colgate white toothpaste – never used the white strips. May have to give them a try.


  • soni care and the 3d lux toothpaste are my secret weapons

  • Lipsticks that are blue based can give the illusion of a whiter smile! 🙂

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  • Fantastic tips! I think I may just have to try drinking my tea with a straw. I drink at least 2 cups a say and I am sure it is taking a toll on my teeth!


  • I love my electric toothbrush…my twins are using the toddler ones and they love it! I LOVE the crest white strips…easy, affordable and effective! Thank you for sharing your beauty tips. I need to try the fake bronzer now 🙂


  • Fantastic tips. Might I add–cut down on red wine and coffee?

  • Totally agree. I’m a 1 cup of coffee drinker but a non-caf iced tea addict. I started drinking in a reuseable cup with straw and have noticed a drinker. Another thing I LOVE is Listerine pre-brush whitening rinse. Really effective and super easy!


  • These tips are great! I drink 2-3 cups of coffee a day too, so I really appreciate all of these helpful tips to keep my smile white and brite:-)


  • Great tips! And you are so right about a straw! At first, I saw the Starbucks cup and wondered if they came out with a teeth-whitening espresso. How awesome would that be?! Nonetheless, I will follow your advice 🙂

  • hl

    I forwarded this to my husband because he’s obsessed with having white teeth. Good tip on the straw thing. And I really want an electric toothbrush now.