How to fix your smile – and your outlook!

It’s official: smiling makes you happier! But if you’re worried your grin has lost its gleam, here are some easy ways to sort it – plus, the Colgate wonder product that can help reverse years of staining!

Finally, some positive news shining through all the doom and gloom. We’re grinning cheek to cheek at this discovery: University of South Australia research recently found that the act of smiling can trick your mind into being more positive, simply by moving your facial muscles. This research couldn’t have come at a better time.

So it’s a bit of a downer that half of Brits hate their smile, and one in ten use corrective apps to make their teeth look whiter in photos on social media.  Time to share the easiest ways to keep your gnashers the right side of pearly white so you can smile your way to positivity – no filter needed.

Firstly, let’s identify some of the main prime culprits taking the sheen off your smile:
  • Smoking
  • Black tea/coffee
  • Red wine
  • Dark-coloured food, such as beetroot and chocolate
But – phew! – there are simple things you can do to lessen the effects:
  • Try adding a little milk (whether from a cow or a plant) to your tea/coffee to lighten the colour.
  • Use a (plastic-free) straw for cold drinks, whenever possible. Ok, maybe it won’t work with your glass of red wine – you might feel a bit embarrassed doing it in public! But maybe you could try it out at home? We won’t tell, promise!
  • Eat more beans, spinach and other leafy greens, as they can help create more saliva in your mouth, which helps clean teeth (talk about an amazing way to incentivise eating veg!).
  • Chew sugar-free gum after eating: teeth are more vulnerable to staining if you have an acidic environment in your mouth and gum can help lower levels.

We’ve saved the best until last, though. The most important way to keep a killer smile? Brushing your teeth and flossing between them regularly. And that’s where Colgate Max White Ultimate Idealist Whitening Toothpaste comes in. This enzyme-boosted wonder product contains a professional whitening ingredient, and it reverses up to 15 years of discolouration!* And, crucially, it’s non-abrasive.

So what are you waiting for? Get brushing and smile your way to feeling positive. And don’t forget to check out Colgate’s campaign to get us smiling at #poutfree.


*With continuous use, four-week clinical study, stains caused by food and drink.