What’s the first thing people notice about you? Your eyes? Your hair? In most scenarios, it’s your smile. Think of it as a wordless way to show your new acquaintance what kind of person you are. While a smirk may read standoffish, a rampant toothy grin shows everyone that you’re a friendly person. And let’s not forget the importance of hygiene: A pearly white, food-free smile shows you’re polished, organized, and care about your appearance.
Naturally, dingy teeth that are adorned with remnants from your lunch suggest the exact opposite. The latter is easy to combat — just invest in some floss — but keeping your chompers white is not easy (especially when you’re a self-proclaimed coffee-aholic). And with so many whitening products out there, you may find yourself using grooming goods that don’t live up to their sparkly claims. But these, dear reader, are five whitening products that will actually work.
1. Baking soda
While scoring a set of pearly-white chompers is a must for anyone who wants to make a great first impression, coating your teeth with chemicals you can’t even pronounce doesn’t feel like the most ethical option. Fortunately, a more natural alternative is already lurking in your kitchen pantry. Whiter teeth is as easy as creating a paste from baking soda and water twice every week. Refinery29 says you can also make a mouthwash-like solution for similar results.