Problem Solvers

How to make your teeth look whiter

We’ve lined-up a whole host of gadgets, tips (and toothpastes!) to help brighten pearly whites…

{Get pulling}

‘Oil pulling’ is a key principle of Ayurvedic medicine – the oil attracts and draws out toxins via your gums and leaves your molars looking whiter in the process. Coconut is probably the nicest-tasting oil of choice. KIKI Health’s {Organic Coconut Oil} is 100% raw and anti-bacterial, combatting bad breath and all manner of mouth-dwelling nasties. Swill a teaspoon-sized amount around your mouth and hold it in for 20 minutes a day (just remember to spit it in the bin, not the sink or you’ll wind up with serious plumbing problems).

{Switch up your toothpaste}

The humble toothpaste has evolved considerably over the years. It can even (temporarily) help rebuild tooth enamel – as is the case with Apa Beauty’s cutting-edge (but humbly named) {White Toothpaste}. Boasting hydroxyapatite (a building block of tooth enamel), that’s proven to help strengthen weakened teeth while ‘ultrapolish technology’ gently ‘buffs’ persistent stains to restore teeth to starlet-worthy glory.

{Invest in some high-tech wizardry}

To many of us, the idea of using a manual toothbrush seems like something from the dark ages. Foreo’s {Issa} toothbrush uses high intensity pulses to give teeth a thorough going-over (without compromising your delicate gums, or weakening the tooth enamel). It’s perfect for diminishing discolouration, resulting in much brighter, whiter white smiles all round.

{Choose blue-toned lip colours}

Notice how yellow your teeth look when you wear bright pink {lipstick}? That’s because yellow and orange-toned lip colours can visually accentuate the yellow hues in teeth. On the flip side, blue tones can make them look whiter (hurrah)!! Apa Beauty’s ingenious {Apa Blue Lip Shine} is a blue-hued gloss that’s laced with peppermint and light-scattering crystals, to optically enhance the brilliance of teeth. Or try Surratt’s {Prismatique Lips} in shade ‘Cultive’ – a twinkling sky blue that turns an opalescent pink once its applied.

{And avoid orange-hued bronzer}

Yes, believe it or not – your bronzer can actually give your teeth a yellowish tinge, so avoid looking Tango’d and invest in a high quality formula like BECCA‘s {Bronzing Skin Perfector}. A delicate crème-to-powder primer, it creates a deep – and decidedly non-orange – glow that says ‘two weeks in Nice’ as opposed to ‘just escaped from Willy Wonka’s’.

Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Verity is our Content Editor and a Cult Beauty veteran. Currently on maternity leave, raising Cult Beauty’s honorary ‘word nerd’, Tabitha, she speaks fluent ‘beauty’ and loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm (and cleanser and candles… ad infinitum). Nothing can stop her from quoting Nancy Mitford, treating herself to yet another Bella Freud candle for her desk or buying that pilgrim-esque collared or heavily fringed outfit she’s been eyeing. You can trust her to debunk widespread beauty myths and dispense invaluable advice with ease…