Whiter teeth to make sure those first impressions really count

Whiter teeth to make sure those first impressions really count

Whether you’re meeting family for the first time, going for a new job or dating again, make sure your smile is what everyone remembers – for the right reasons

It can take as little as a tenth of a second to make a first impression with someone new, and while we’re not aware of it this comes down to factors as varied as posture, clothing and – of course – your smile.

In fact, a bright, confident smile is often cited as one of the most important elements of making that good impression, whether it’s when you’re meeting your new partner’s kids for the first time, trying for that dream job, or you’re back on the dating scene. Here are five great tips for making sure your smile leaves the right impression.

1. Cut down on tooth-staining drinks

We all know that cigarettes stain your teeth, but drinks like tea, coffee and red wine can be just as bad. You might not be ready to give up your caffeine hit completely, but if you’ve got a big date or meeting coming up, consider foregoing any drinks that contain high levels of tannins. By the way, while coffee might look darker, tea can actually stain more, because it has much higher tannin levels – and if you don’t believe us, just look inside a favourite tea mug, where you’re likely to find scrub-resistant stains.

2. Clean with precision

As you get older, it can be hard to fight thinning enamel and food or drink stains – sometimes it feels like you need your own hygienist on hand in the bathroom. The next best thing, though, is the Oral B Genius 8000 Electric Toothbrush which has Position Detection Technology that guides you as you brush, to make sure you don’t miss a spot. Plus, its dentist-approved round head and oscillating-rotating and pulsating mechanisms mean it is proven to clean better than both Sonicare Diamond Clean and the Colgate A1500 brushes.

3. Choose your lipstick with care

A stronger colour of lipstick, such as a warm red, can create a nice contrast that makes your smile all the more appealing – as long as you get the tone right. If your teeth tend towards the yellow part of the spectrum, consider going for a more blue-toned red, because an orangey shade will make them look more yellow. A matt texture is also helpful, as the highlights from a glossy lipstick can show up very white, leading to unfavourable comparisons with your teeth.

4. Choose a whitening toothpaste

Whitening treatments at the dentist can be expensive – and if they go too white too fast, you could find yourself with a set of fluorescent gnashers. Try a whitening toothpaste for a natural look, such as Oral-B 3D White Luxe Glamorous Shine, which has Oral-B’s fastest whitening technology on the market – making it perfect for when there’s a big date in the offing!

5. Make sure you feel secure

With 15 million people in Britain wearing partial or full dentures, it’s surprising that this isn’t discussed more often, but nothing could be more embarrassing than loose bridges or dentures shuffling about in your mouth – or worse, dropping out! Add to that the issues of getting food stuck in them, and it suddenly becomes imperative to make sure you feel secure with your teeth. Fixodent not only hold your dentures firmly in place, but they also fight the bacteria that could give you bad breath. So no one will even know you’re wearing them.

What are your secrets to making a great first impression? Let us know in the comments below.

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