Whitening Your Teeth for Portraits

white teethGorgeous white bright teeth are not just the concern of Hollywood stars anymore. Everyone desires to have a photo-ready smile when taking portraits and creating portfolios. Teeth are the first thing noticed in a photograph, and yellowing teeth can turn a successful photo shoot into a nightmare.

For many people however, professional teeth whitening is simply too much of a stretch for their budget. Instead there are effective teeth whitening methods that can be done at home. Here are two of the easiest and most convenient methods to try.

Whitening Toothpastes or Gels

One option is to shop for ADA (American Dental Association) approved whitening toothpastes or gels. Brush your teeth as usual with a small toothbrush, for at least two minutes. Rinse and spit out the excess paste or gel. This method requires you to continue this process, twice a day, for approximately 12-14 days. Read the instructions on the product to be certain you are using the correct and most effective procedure. This method also requires occasional, but continual use.

Teeth Whitening Strips

Teeth whitening strips should also be ADA approved. Read the ingredients to make sure they don’t contain chlorine dioxide. This could damage your tooth enamel. Teeth whitening strips should be made of polyethylene, and can be easily found at most drugstores and supermarkets.

The product will contain two whitening strips; one for your lower set of teeth, the other for your upper teeth. The strips are lined with gel so that they adhere to your teeth. Some strips must be peeled off and others will naturally dissolve. Remember to rinse well after using. Read your instructions to see how long you will need to repeat this process. With most quality strips, your results will last anywhere from 4-6 months.

The best results come from following the directions. For any teeth whitening product you choose, it is imperative that you read the ingredients and the directions, so that you achieve the best whitening results without damaging your tooth enamel.

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