teeth whitening

The White Smile Diet

April 30, 2012 at 1:21 pm , by


Admit it, we diet for every other reason under the sun, so why not for whiter teeth?
But this isn’t your typical diet. Think of it more as a compromise that will leave you with a brighter smile. Dr. Timothy Chase a New York City dentist dished on what to eat and what to give up to get your choppers their pearliest.

Do’s

Certain foods help to remove bacteria that cause plaque which hardens into a yellowish tartar if not brushed away soon enough.

  • Crunchy fruits and vegetables work best because they function as an abrasive scrub for your teeth.  They also stimulates the production of saliva, which helps to keep plaque from forming:
    • Apples
    • Cauliflower
    • Carrots
    • Celery
  • Strawberries and oranges are both useful for polishing teeth.  Rubbing an orange peel or a strawberry over your teeth, following by washing out your mouth with water will get your noticeable whiter teeth after a few months
  • Dairy products such as yogurt, milk and cheese contain a lactic acid which may help protect teeth against decay.  Hard cheeses are best for whitening since they help remove food particles as well.

Don’ts

  • It’s important to avoid stain-causing foods and substances as much as possible.  A simple rule is any food which causes a stubborn laundry stain can stain teeth too.  Brushing teeth or at least rinsing one’s mouth with water after consuming these foods is a great way to help prevent staining.  Foods to avoid include:
    • Coffee
    • Tea
    • Blueberries
    • Red Wine
    • Soy Sauce
    • Tobacco
    • Soda

New Year, New You: Beauty Resolutions

January 3, 2011 at 8:30 am , by

Fernando Milani

Every year you make New Year’s resolutions you can never sick to. Here are five beauty resolutions you can make and keep:

I will keep my hair healthy and strong. Switch to sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners­— they’re gentler yet just as efficient as their counterparts. Always use heat-protecting products when styling to prevent damage and split ends. Invest in a showerhead filter, like Aquasana Shower Filter, to prevent the stripping effects of chlorinated tap water. “Your hair will be noticeably softer and shinier, your scalp will be healthier and your color will stay true and last longer,” says celebrity hairstylist River Lloyd of the John Frieda salon in NYC.

I will get enough sleep. Adults are recommended approximately eight hours of sleep each night. Not only does getting enough rest help fight those pesky dark under-eye circles, but sleep helps increase blood circulation meaning your skin will look radiant as well as rested.

I will whiten my teeth. We’ve purchased the pack of whitening strips and half –way through gave up on the routine for one reason or another. This year, it’s time to follow through. Remember, the same treatment doesn’t work for everyone— dietary, drinking and smoking habits can determine how fast the process works and how often you’ll need a touch-up. Also, only gel whiteners, like Opalescence Trèswhite Supreme, work below the surface and have longer lasting effects.

I will always apply moisturizer with SPF before leaving the house. I know how easily moisturizing can slip your mind in the morning while you’re checking your email, picking out an outfit, and grabbing coffee (in that order). So, take a minute out of the morning rush to dab on some facial moisturizer with SPF 15 or higher. Not only will it protect your skin from sun damage, but also moisturizer keeps your skin’s outer layers hydrated, plumping your face and fading fine lines.

I will master the perfect, long-lasting cat-eye. I’ve probably attempted to recreate the perfect Sophia Loren cat-eye hundreds of times, and I doubt I’m alone. Here’s a trick from the pros: first, trace along the upper lash line with a nude pencil to create a base coat and guideline. Follow this step by topping with black liquid liner in small strokes. If all else fails, watch this video from Fashionista.com & MAC.

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