July 27, 2019
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of ARC. The opinions and text are all mine.
Something that is always in style? A great smile. While we often don’t treat our smiles like something we wear, the truth is, we wear them every single day! Think about it, we invest in and take care of our clothes since they make us confident, so why not take care of our smiles the same way?
My smile is something I’ve always relied on if we’re being honest. As someone who doesn’t wear a lot of makeup and is on the *lazier side* LOL so to speak with their hair, I always count on my smile to shine through and make me look put together. This means keeping up with my dental care, and taking the steps I can to make my teeth as white and bright as they can be.
In the interest of keeping my teeth white without breaking the bank, the methods you will find below are super inexpensive and *really* easy. Today, I’m bringing you 4 different ways to whiten your teeth and ways to KEEP them white once you have them where you feel most confident! Let’s get to it.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s something I had to *train* myself to do! While I’m not a big coffee drinker, when I realized that my daily cups of tea were taking a toll on how my teeth looked, I started to keep a straw handy at all times. Some typical drinks that stain your teeth are: coffee, tea, soda, juice, etc. Basically, any drink that is dark in color will stain your teeth if you drink it enough, so just being conscious of this really helps. With this method, you don’t have to cut these drinks out, just opt for a straw!
This one is huge! I know in the past teeth whitening has been seen as something that is expensive or a procedure you need a dentist to perform, but now there are so many amazing teeth whitening kit’s available over the counter. I’ve tried a few different ones, but my favorite thus far has been: ARC Whitestrips and Blue Light. I stumbled upon it in Target recently and was instantly intrigued seeing as it said it was “enamel-safe”.
I know we’ve all been there with DIY whitening treatments like charcoal, lemon, etc, but a lot of times, these methods aren’t safe for your enamel and can really damage your teeth, so I love that ARC is enamel safe. The entire process start to finish only takes around 30 minutes, so I love how easy it is. I saw results after 3 days of whitening.
ARC works in 3 simple steps (shown below): 1) take out the whitening strips, 2) apply the strips to your teeth for 25 minutes, 3) apply the blue light for the last 5 minutes. The ARC Light emits blue light at a wavelength that targets stains to weaken their chemical bonds & when you use it at the end of your treatments, it makes the treatment way more effective than just strips alone. Seriously, this treatment is so easy for when you need a quick, affordable fix. It’s the perfect “pre-wedding” or event pick me up when you know you want to look your best! Grab them at Target: here.
As I’m sure many of you know if you follow me on Instagram, I’m currently going through the Invisalign process so brushing my teeth is something I do A LOT. I brush my teeth almost every time I eat, and whenever I take my retainers out. Getting into this habit really showed me how much the simple act of brushing can do. Ever since I’ve been brushing 1 or 2 extra times a day, I’ve gotten so many compliments about how bright my teeth look!
Pro tip: keep a travel brush with you! That way, you can brush your teeth after you’ve eaten something that will likely stain them, and your breath will always feel fresh. While this tip may seem small, it can really help to keep your teeth as white as can be after you’ve used a whitening kit.
Like anything else in life, consistency is key! While all of these tips may feel like a lifestyle change at first, they really do become second nature and part of your daily routine the more you incorporate them. Since my smile is something I look to first when I’m looking in the mirror and in pictures, I like to do these simple things to keep it as white and shiny as can be.
Start off slow with these teeth whitening habits by throwing a re-useable straw into your purse or bag, and a travel toothbrush. I also like to set a reminder in my phone every half a year to pick up a whitening kit. As this is something that is an ongoing process, it’s important to keep at for a year-round gorgeous smile.
Whitening my teeth is something I’ve been doing for years now and always seem to get questions about, so I wanted to share some of my favorite tips with you! Having a brighter smile is something that I know makes me a lot more confident day to day, so I hope you find some of these tips helpful. Let me know if you try any out and the tips you have for whiter teeth! Thanks for reading.