If there's one thing that most celebrities have in common, it's having a great set of pearly white teeth that make their smiles even more attractive.
For local Pinoy celebrities, K-pop stars, and Hollywood’s A-list, having a dazzling set of chompers is a must, which is why regular people are now inspired to improve their own teeth. However, having great teeth comes with a price, and cosmetic dental procedures can be costly.
Consider Xander Ford’s transformation, which includes dental veneers reportedly worth about P170,000. Each veneer is said to cost between P18,000 to P25,000 and that eight veneers were attached to the former Hasht5 member’s teeth. But if you don’t have the money (or sponsors) to make your dream smile a reality, here are a few tips to get a celebrity smile on a regular person’s budget.
Upgrade your brushing habit
Sure, you can have your insurance plan cover your dental care, but to have a great smile, you should also think about changing up your brushing habit. Have you been using the same old toothbrush for months? Instead of using a regular bristle brush, try investing in an electric toothbrush. Using an electric toothbrush can clean your teeth more thoroughly, keeps you from brushing too hard which can injure your gums, and helps you to brush for the recommended amount of time as these gizmos have a built-in timer.
Rethink your snacks
Instead of munching on gooey brownies, popcorn, or hard candy, try snacking on crunchy fruits and vegetables such as apples, carrots, and celery. Apples are mildly acidic and are good for your teeth, while carrots and celery can strengthen your gums. Cheese is also a good snack choice as it contains casein, a type of protein that stabilizes and repairs tooth enamel.
Use over-the-counter tooth whitening products
Some toothpastes contain tooth whitening properties, but it may not work as well as a professional teeth bleaching job. The good news is that you can do at-home teeth whitening treatments every once in a while to improve your smile. Doing this once a month, combined with daily brushing using a whitening toothpaste, can help improve the look of stained or dingy-looking teeth.
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See your dentist
About 92.4% of Filipinos have tooth decay caused by poor oral health. To keep your teeth healthy and prevent tooth loss, it is imperative to visit your dentist at least twice a year. He or she can do dental deep cleanings, which can significantly improve your smile.
You can have healthy and sparkling white teeth without breaking the bank. Follow these tips to get a dazzling smile and maintain the health of your teeth and gums.
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Jane Sandwood is a content manager for a small fitness and nutrition site and a professional freelance writer with over 10 years’ experience in many fields. Jane has a particular interest in issues relating to diet, nutrition, and fitness.
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