Beauty Q&A: How Do I Whiten Yellow Teeth Without Spending Much?
Marilyn Monroe once said, "Keep smiling because life is a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about." While a smile is indeed the best accessory a girl can wear, sometimes yellow-stained teeth can stop one from beaming that beautiful smile. Stained teeth can be a huge confidence downer, too! To help you with this common beauty problem, we had a little chat with Dr. Elaine Hao on how you can fix yellow stained teeth and bring back the confidence when you show the world your beautiful smile without breaking the bank!
Q: How do I whiten yellow teeth without spending much?
Dr. Elaine: To answer that question, let us first define what natural is. Like our skin color, the natural color of teeth varies from one person to another. So when one says "I want a whiter set of teeth," one is basically saying that she wants a lighter shade of her natural teeth color. With that, one can lighten their teeth only up to a certain degree without relying on invasive procedures.
Having said that, there are many causes of yellow stained teeth. Some causes are intrinsic and some are extrinsic. A dead tooth, or root canal treated teeth may cause a tooth to become darker while other causes are due to one's lifestyle like drinking wine, coffee, and eating other stain-causing food. But don't stress because it is indeed possible to whiten yellow stained teeth without breaking the bank and here are some ways to remove, or prevent stain.
Drink water after eating food that causes stains, or after drinking coffee, wine, etc. This will minimize the amount of stain that may come in contact with your teeth.
Of course, regular dental prophylaxis and checkups will also help remove some stubborn stains.
Whitening toothpaste may also help in maintaining the natural tooth color and even in achieving a lighter shade, but this will take a longer time so brush regularly.
Whitening strips are a less invasive and less costly solutions for those who are patient and faithful in applying the strips for 14 continuous days.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Take home tray bleaching may also be as effective as chairside bleaching, but this entails patient compliance, too.
Dr. Elaine Lyn U. Hao had her post graduate training at the Philippine Academy For Esthetic Dentistry (PAED) and is a General Practitioner at Elaine Lyn U. HAO, DDM Dental Clinic.
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First. Pixie dust and paper cuts – these are the first things Wendy knew about Peter Pan. Aurora first met Prince Philip when she was sixteen. Learning how to ride a bike was also a first while I was growing up, but you are probably the first of too many. The first collection of dust and stars; maybe Luna will try to ask, who was your first? I might answer and tell her that it was you.
The first of too many stars in the sky. You are the first of too many fallen leaves during fall – and you will be the most anticipated snowflake as winter comes. A dark path that you can’t see without any light, hence, you were once the moon and there are the stars that shine so bright at night. Are we too early? Or we just really want to be ahead of time? Even in a glimpse, I would like to see the two of us connect as if we can reach the sky. There are other parts of the heavens you have never saw and other oceans you haven’t laid your feet onto – but the constellations will always wait for you. Close your eyes, love, close your eyes. Start counting backward: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Count backward until you see the twinkling lights that will guide you to the right path. To the right satellite; to the right person. A first.
There are many firsts – first love, first heartbreak, first sport you played, the first thing you do in the morning, the first thing you remember about the person in front of you. There are a lot. It’s actually up to us how we will consider something as a first. So, Primo, you are already a first of too many.
If you know me, and know me well, I am not the biggest fan of idyllic lifestyles. With a Type A personality, I act immediately upon whatever challenge that needs to be addressed. I actually enjoy keeping my mind preoccupied: doing university work in my favourite cafe then running errands around town, grocery shopping here, updating my accounts there, photocopying documents on the way down the street - all just in time before having a glass of champagne at the bar with my friends come evening.
And so, you could imagine my bewilderment when the next challenge to be faced was an extensive self-quarantine protocol. I didn’t know what to do when my greatest responsibility in this situation was to do nothing at all. My first few attempts to combat my consternation were very much rooted in distraction and imagination. My distractions involved conducting research, writing songs, calling family and friends, filming videos, and eating chocolate! My imaginations and fantasies were centred on travelling, shopping, even clubbing (which I rarely do) for when they find a cure to COVID-19. I did anything and everything that could be considered constructive in order to pass the time, mainly hoping I could just undertake the basic human necessities to survive - that is, eat and sleep the day through - until the next day comes, until the world is closer to becoming a better place, until quarantine ends, until my flight follows through, until I see my family and friends again.
Days in self-isolation and suspended flights turned to weeks and turned to months. By the third extension here in Spain where I study Fashion Business, I had to tell myself this shall be my new normal now, that I was blessed to be healthy, that I was tired of merely existing and missed what it was like to actually live - even if just within four walls. Little by little, I began to find significance in the simple occurrences of the day: the soft glare of the rising sun beaming golden streaks through my bedroom window upon waking up, the fragrance of freshly washed bed sheets that I had painstakingly hung to fit a relatively small clothes rack without crumpling them, the crunch and tanginess of warm toasted bread topped with raspberry marmalade, the buzzing sound of a phone call from home just waiting to be answered, to the caress of a fuzzy sweater to keep warm at night. I realised, “What pleasures to be enjoyed in the pause of slow living!” Through this continued pause, which I loathed at first, I began to appreciate each moment of the day rather than wish it would pass more swiftly, moments I had overlooked so often before the lockdown. I started to find that the challenge of self-isolation was never to pause both the regular routines of life as well as the positive emotions that came with these - as initially, I thought it meant to pause all happiness, so as to withstand a time of endurance in hopes for a better tomorrow, much like a form of delaying gratification. Life is just too fragile these days to delay gratification any further.
Life has paused, but it has not stopped. Believe that like any punctuation mark in a sentence, the pause will provide the right timing of things to take place. Till then, let us not waste our time waiting. Instead, we could be in the moment, seek substance in simplicity (that is, in what we already have), And enjoy the pleasure in pause. “Practice the Pause. When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause, pray.”