[By Evanne Lauren]

“Let your smile change the world, don’t let the world change your smile”

A smile can light up the darkest of rooms, lift the lowest of spirits and bring radiance to the plainest of faces. If there is a facial feature that speaks volumes without uttering a line, it’s your smile.

We know of women who may not be conventional beauties but are considered attractive by virtue of their smiles. Yet, a great smile is not born but groomed. And here, we uncover the secrets to possessing a captivating smile.

White appeal

While colour preferences may vary between individuals, it is universally agreed that white is the most attractive colour for your teeth. Nothing ruins a pretty face more than a display of stained teeth.

Quick Fix: In-office bleaching provides the quickest way to whiten teeth. With in-office bleaching, the whitening product is applied directly to the teeth. These products can be used in combination with heat, a special light, and/or a laser. Results are seen in only one, 30- to 60-minute treatment.

Home Fix: Tray-based tooth whitening systems, purchased either over-the-counter or from a dentist, involve filling a mouth guard-like tray with a gel whitening solution — which contains a peroxide-bleaching agent. The tray is worn for a period of time, generally from a couple of hours a day to every day during the night for up to four weeks and even longer (depending on the degree of  discoloration and desired level of whitening).

Pout appeal

A provocative pout will render the strongest men weak at their knees. What makes a pout so sensual? It’s a combination of shape and volume at the right places.

Quick Fix: Fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm can be used on your lips to give it a subtle volume boost that will tip your lips from plain to sex kitten territory. Fillers can also be used to define the edges of your lips known as the vermillion borders to lend it a more shapely appearance.

Home Fix: Lip plumpers containing ingredients like cinnamon, ginger mint, wintergreen, or capsicum (the fiery compound in hot peppers) boost blood flow to the lips, leading to mild swelling and redness.

“These can give you a temporary enhancement that might last a couple of hours,” says Dr Tan Wang Theng from The Sloane Clinic.

It’s these ingredients that also cause the telltale tingle or stinging. Although some people find that sensation uncomfortable, others welcome it as evidence that the plumper is working.

Smooth appeal

Lip lines etched into the surface of your lips make your puckers look old and dehydrated. Even lipsticks may start to ‘bleed’, rendering cosmetic intervention impossible to mask these lippy imperfections.

Quick Fix: If you want to get rid of lip lines without changing the shape and size of your lips, consider Revitalift Lips. “Revitalift Lips uses small particle natural hyaluronic acid to improve the cellular hydration of your lips, your lips look smooth and glossy in the nude instantly” says Dr Tan Wang Theng.

Home Fix: Consider a lip therapy that binds moisture to the surface of the lips such as Sloane Inc Lip serum. Made from olives, and containing pure squalene and vitamins, it nourishes and moisturizes the lip surface, not just coat it with emollient. Perfect as a overnight lip therapy or on its own as a day time lip protector.

Dr Tan Wang Theng is an medical consultant with an interest in aesthetics at The Sloane Clinic. You may find more details at www.sloaneclinic.com


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9 thoughts on “Up your Smile Appeal”

  1. Both Restylane and Juvederm work for plumping of the lips and I currently use both products. However, I will say from personal experience, I prefer Juvederm for the lips since it seems to last a little bit longer and tends to be a little smoother in the lips. In other areas of the face they are more interchangeable.

  2. I think I would want to try the home fixes. Although I wouldn’t put in the hot pepper or chillies for that matter. Too Hot will be bad for my lips though I recommend the rest of the ingredients.

  3. have tried the teeth whitening procedures at the dentist, they work but leave my gums a little sensitive after. anyone has any experience with teeth whitening rinses? i wonder if they work as well.

  4. Teeth whitening works nicely BUT, for coffee and tea drinkers like me, the teeth tend to get stained again easily. If u wanna do teeth whitening, best to give up coffee/tea!

  5. I decided to buy Aquafresh White Trays before i read the reviews. In my opinion the trays stay on better than the strip kind. There is alot of whitening goo that you press into your teeth and it helps the trays stay in place. The first morning the goo came totally out of my bottom tray but that was becauase i pressed too hard. I haven’t had the problem since.

    I noticed a difference after 3 days and they are much whiter after 7 days. My gums turned white if the whitening goo touched them for the full 45 minutes and felt tingly and hurt slightly. The pick color returned within an hour. It really isn’t as bad as the other reviewers make it seem.

    All in all if you are looking for a product that works, this is a good one. I was truly surprised at how well they worked. I will be repurchasing these in the future.

  6. AquaFresh product is great. I noticed a difference with in 3 days. I have tried Crest White Strips as well, and thought this was a much better product. The trays stay on your teeth, and you can even have a conversation if you want to!. I highly recommend this product.

  7. I think Listerine Whitening Quick Dissolving Strips is great for some while there are some discomfort. It comes with 56 strips, Individually wrapped, easy to apply and don’t fall off. Works pretty well For most.

    It initially some tooth/gum related pain. Some of the packages can be annoying to open.

    I decided to try the Listerine Whitening strips, since they looked like a tempting new product, plus they were more competitively priced. I’m not sure what the hydrogen peroxide contents of these are, but initially I did have some of the associated tooth/gum pain. It felt like pain associated with a cavity, but worse. So I stopped treatment, and did the treatment a little slower. The pain only happened once, and I’ve since upped the treatment back to twice a day without problems.

    The strips are individually wrapped, and are easy to apply. Make sure you follow the directions though! The cleaning material is only on one side of the strip, so make sure you align the notch correctly when applying the strip.

    You leave it on for about 10 minutes, and afterwards, brush off the excess. I wasn’t a heavy coffee drinker before this, so my teeth just had some yellowish-ness around the base of the teeth. Now, after just a week, my teeth look great in pictures, and upon examination in the mirror, the yellow color is much reduced!

    Can’t wait to see the results after 2 weeks. Good thing there are plenty of extra strips included as well to continue the treatment.

  8. I have used several teeth whitening kits. Rembrant 2 hour, Go Smile, Crest Whitestrips and now this one, each one with at least a year in btwn. AquaFresh White Trays is ok, I actually like the system the best, but the whitening is not awesome.

    Many people in the reviews below say the tray slides everywhere, this was not my experience. The first time it was a little messy, then i figured out to put them on with my teeth firmly BEHIND the strip of gel and make sure the gel only stayed in FRONT of the teeth. I put them both on then closed both the top and the bottoms of my teeth against the front of my tongue. It stayed like a charm which i really appreciated. I did not experience the pain I did during my Crest Whitestrip experience. But the whitening was not amazing, as i keep hearing it is with the Crest Whitestrips. So I give this a 3 because while i find it easy to use, i find the benefits lacking. But if you want an easy way to whiten (Rembrant requires more effort because you have to mold the trays) and did not fare well with Crest strips due to sensitivity, these might be an okay choice, just don’t expect major whitening. Good for moderate destaining. I won’t purchase again because my goal is to make my teeth really white!

  9. I thought the Aquafresh White Trays worked very well! I have also tried Crest White Strips several times and while they worked really well, too, the Aquafresh trays showed results a lot faster. A friend of mine noticed that my teeth were whiter (without my telling her I was using the trays) within a couple days of using them. I like how the trays stay in place more as opposed to how the Crest strips slide around.

    Although they are pretty pricey but you only need to do them once a day instead of twice like lot of the others.

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