The Hollywood Smile

2When it comes to fashion, there’s nothing more fashionable than having perfect teeth. For many years now pearly whites have been considered not only attractive, but also a signal that you are healthy and looked after too.

More recently having your teeth done has become a bit of a status symbol. Plenty of stars and celebs have had work done on their nashers, including Cheryl Cole, Victoria Beckham, Tom Cruise and even 50 Cent.

Perhaps one of the most famous whiter than white smiles is that of Simon Cowell, and even the latest X-Factor winner James Arthur said that he would be getting his teeth done too. James admitted he felt ‘ugly’ and said “I’m a singer and I open my mouth pretty wide. I’d like to have some nice pearly whites in there instead of the teeth I’ve got now.”

While the cost of dental work and teeth whitening can cost thousands, possibly tens of thousands of pounds, there are cheaper alternatives.  Many websites out there now offer teeth whitening kits that are not only effective, but that can be used from the comfort of your own home too. Prices can range from £20 or so to £80 depending on the product or brand, and they are perfectly safe to use too, is a good website to compare these types of kits.

Due to recent EU legislation whitening kits containing peroxide can only be administered by a dentist, so most home whitening kits now contain a gel which uses sodium bicarbonate as the main active ingredient. This ingredient is the same ingredient found in baking soda, and not only is it effective, but it’s safe to administer too.

If you’re not prepared to spend money on getting your teeth whitened, there are few simple things that you can do that can help. Firstly by avoiding smoking, and drinks such as coffee and wine that are known to stain your teeth. You can also purchase whitening toothpaste quite cheaply and these can be quite effective too. One more final tip which goes without saying really is to brush and floss your teeth regularly, this is a must.

So hopefully you’ve seen that you can fashion a whiter smile without the Hollywood budget. It could be argued that home kits are better, since they achieve a more natural look, and not an overly white fake smile, not naming any names here *cough* Simon Cowell *cough*.


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