If there are two things that are universal across humanity, they’re almost certainly a good-looking smile and a hatred of spending money you’d rather not. The two goals often seem to be completely incompatible – it takes work to look this good, and let me tell you it isn’t cheap, either – but there are some times that you can look your best without spending a lot.
There’s more than one way to get a brilliant, white smile and still have some money left over for other things in your life. In fact, some of these methods aren’t just inexpensive ways to brighten your smile; they’re also ways to increase your overall dental health at the same time, and all without breaking the bank. Here are 4 ways you can get whiter teeth while spending less.
Cut Back on Poor Dental Habits
Right, so this first one is pretty self-explanatory. Your teeth will only lose their bright white shine if you practice poor dental health habits. Conversely, changing those habits will slow down or even halt the process, ensuring your teeth stay whiter. This leads to better overall dental health as well, so you’re reaping a double benefit.
Meanwhile, cutting out – or even just cutting back – on habits that yellow your teeth will also save you money. Quitting smoking is likely the best way to do this, as is reducing the amount of money you spend on coffee, soft drinks, or wine. We usually don’t recommend cutting back on wine, but in this case, we’ll make an exception.
Choose Foods that Clean Your Teeth Naturally
While it’s certainly true that what you eat and drink can have a negative effect on your dental health – and that all-important smile – the reverse is also true. In fact, there are more than a few foods that are actually good for keeping your teeth clean, white, and healthy. Lucky for you, these foods tend to be delicious as well.
Increasing the amount of crunchy, fibrous fruit and veg in your diet means you’re harnessing their power to naturally clean your teeth, preventing and perhaps even reducing the appearance of surface stains. You’ll get an overall boost to your health as well, which is nothing to sneer at. Hey, you’ve got to eat anyway, right?
Use Do-It-Yourself Whitening
You can certainly brighten your teeth by brushing regularly with a dentist-recommended whitening toothpaste. You’ve got to brush your teeth anyway, right? Still, whitening toothpaste products can be costly, and that expense adds up over time – especially if you’re brushing regularly like you should be.
Instead, try a do-it-yourself whitening option at home that’s both safe and effective when done properly. Make your own whitening toothpaste from a bit of hydrogen peroxide and some baking soda. Mix with a splash of water – you don’t want it too strong, mind you – and brush like you would normally. Over time, you’ll notice surface stains on your teeth just melting away.
Enlist the Experts
When all else fails and you’re struggling to whiten your teeth without spending a lot, enlist the help of the experts. Schedule an office visit to your local dentist’s office and ask him or her what the best ways are to brighten your smile without spending a lot.
Dental health practitioners are excellent resources for information, ones we often don’t think of using because there’s a natural aversion to going to the dentist’s office unless we positively have to. Yet doing that is the best way to miss out on possibly learning the best tips for obtaining that low-cost brilliant smile you’re after so badly.