James Franco's Yellowing Chompers
If we were stranded on a desert island with James Franco, we wouldn't necessarily be devastated, per say. True, we wouldn't have an outlet to plug in our flatiron but our bronzed, dewy glow would distract him away from our humidity-induced frizz, right?
We could definitely stare at James Franco for an extended period of time, which is a good thing since he's been all over the place promoting his new film 127 Hours but if we happened to pop up on this deserted island with the stud and we could only bring one item with us, we'd forego our favorite palette to sneak a whitening treatment in for him. Because if he just happened to go in for the smooch, we'd have to have him talk to the hand. His whites are anything but pearly. In fact, they could even be classified as...yellow.
You might not have a ton of red carpet events you need to be at this year but with the holidays rolling around you can bet there will be pictures galore. Start prepping your smile now with these tips so that your teeth (unlike Franco's) look like they've been brushed less than 127 hours ago. With toothpaste.
Watch your diet. You already know the top culprits for staining teeth are coffee, wine, and tobacco, but your diet can impact them as well. Dark foods that sit in your teeth for an extended period of time can tend to stain, so make sure you brush after your morning cup of joe and after eating dark foods to prevent the color setting in.
Pick the right treatment. Whitening and bleaching might be used interchangeably, but they are anything but. A whitening treatment restores the tooth's surface color by removing debris in the form of mouthwash or toothpaste. Bleaching contains hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide to whiten the teeth further than their natural color. Bleaching has a longer lasting effect on teeth, but can also be pricier.
Don't over bleach. If you decide to bleach, don't overdo it. Bleaching should only be done once a year as it makes teeth more sensitive and ultimately, porous. We think it's safe to say Franco's ready for his yearly treatment.