The chicest and safest way to whiten your teeth
I never thought I’d ever write about dental whitening on Sauce, but here we are, discussing one of the most pressing questions of our times: is there a safe way to your whiten your teeth and does it actually work?
Turns out, there is.
So here's the thing...I love my coffee. And to make matters worse (for my teeth), I also enjoy a glass of red wine every now and then. To make things even worse, I am really into 'sipping' my dark beverages (you know, making every second count). The combination of a hot cuppa while listening to my favourite podcast? Total bliss. But I recently noted, my innocuous beverage ritual is making my teeth a shade or two darker each year. I’d like to pretend that it’s not happening but deep down it's been terrifying me. I wasn’t planning on getting overly radical about it; also, too much whitening actually looks kind of fake and cheesy. I was looking for something long-term, safe, and doesn’t involve wearing an eerie gadget in my mouth. So I did some research, and here’s everything I discovered.
Whitening strips are actually extremely damaging.
So that's not an option. They are like exfoliating agents that strip off your dental enamel, your teeth, but until like your skin, your enamel doesn’t actually grow back. It’s safe to use according to most companies, but they normally contain active ingredients such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These ingredients wear out the enamel and can even end up cracking or chipping. It also sensitises the teeth, which means no more ice cream or hot drinks. Honestly, it’s not worth it.
That brings me to my next point: the safest way to whiten your teeth.
Ok, there are two ways. You can probably get veneers done, which are expensive but end up fixing many issues such as colour, size, and shape. This is pricey, and I am not sure I require that much work. The second option is getting a good electric toothbrush and relatively safe whitening toothpaste. This, I can do.
In quest for white(er) teeth, I discovered the new Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Sonic Electric Toothbrush in the office and decided to give it a go. Think of the Sonicare as a sleeker, cooler, better version of your electric toothbrush. The real MVP of your dental hygiene. You definitely see subtle but noticeable results after using it for three to four weeks. To top it off, in my opinion, this is the most beautiful toothbrush I’ve ever come across. It’s like the old Philips electric toothbrush went to Paris for summer school and ended up on a luxe yacht in South of France. Minimal and chic with stunning rose gold details. This toothbrush is also completely customisable, from cleaning to whitening and polishing and gum care. It pulses every 30 seconds and lets you move onto the next section of your mouth, all in two minutes. And it also comes with a special mode for sensitive teeth. Pretty cool, right?
Sonicare comes with a drinking glass, which essentially is a charger! How brilliant is that? Just pop it inside the glass when you’re done and it charges itself. It comes with a cool travel pack, too.
It’s not cheap, and I wouldn’t get your hopes too high on getting overnight results with whitening, but this is the Maserati of the dental hygiene game; it removes 7x times more plaque than a regular toothbrush, and the diamond shape brushes help reduce stains 2x for whiter and brighter teeth. If you team it up with a gentle whitening toothpaste, it does the job really well.
Whiter teeth doesn't mean they are healthy and vice versa. When it comes to dental hygiene, it’s better to focus on the bigger hitches before sorting out a whitening regimen. The key is a good electric toothbrush that can do both, and save you $$$ on big dental bills. Use it with a gentle whitening toothpaste and you’re on the road to whit(er) teeth. And it looks so good!
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Zeenat Wilkinson is the Founder and Editorial Director of Sauce.
Her work as a fashion producer, writer, and freelance stylist can be seen in the likes of Vogue, Grazia, Nylon and Black Magazine, internationally, and locally in Fashion Quarterly, Viva/NZ Herald and more. 100% dog person.