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Growing up as a Southern Belle, I learned two things early in life. First, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Second, always smile. Now, while I know these two life lessons may seem a like a given to some, any good Southern girl knows the true importance of those first moments when you’re meeting a new person; when you have the chance for your smile to shine and your Southern charm to ooze. It’s that moment when you want to be free of worry and filled with confidence, knowing that your white teeth are blinding and you are perfectly put together.
Now, I had this down to a science when I was younger. I knew all the tricks to make my smile really pop. Red lipstick (you know the kind with the blue undertones that really makes those pearly whites sparkle) was a staple for me. Whether I was in sweats or my little black dress, I always made sure my smile was on full display when I left the house. Yes, I knew my Southern rules well and I lived by them daily. But as is sometimes the case, things in life changed and I got crazy busy. I had kids. My “getting ready” time in the morning was cut down by diapers and school routines. I discovered coffee (and soda and wine) and somehow I woke up one day with a smile that didn’t sparkle.
In fact, I found myself using the old “closed-lip” smile in most of my pictures (gasp!) because I knew my teeth were not the dazzling white of my youth anymore and I’ll be honest – it really bothered me! Because if that’s how I was smiling in pictures, it was surely the image I was presenting when I met new people and saw old friends. As I looked through pictures from the last few years I was confronted time and time again with the lack of that dazzling white smile from my youth. And I knew without a doubt that I needed to do something to get it back!
Since having a less than megawatt smile was just not going to cut it, I set out to refresh my smile and brush up on the rules of Southern charm. Knowing that I needed a product that would help me rediscover my confidence to smile, I headed to Walmart and checked out the oral care aisle.
As soon as I spotted the Colgate® Optic White® Express White toothpaste, I knew getting my smile back was going to be as simple as putting together a quick and easy daily routine that would help me get (and keep) my smile where it needed to be. Knowing that making more time in my day was just not a reality, I set out to create a daily teeth whitening routine that only took minutes but delivered visible results.
In an ideal world this routine would have started with ditching the coffee and colored beverages. But what can I say? This mama needs her caffeine so instead of cutting it out, I had to find a way to combat the effect it was having on my teeth.
This first meant getting my teeth back to the dazzling white they had once been. So to start I switched out my old toothpaste for Colgate® Optic White® Express White Toothpaste! With it’s professionally recommended ingredient (hydrogen peroxide ya’ll) it was the perfect tool to add to my tooth whitening arsenal and since it has 2 times more of the professionally recommended whitening ingredient than Optic White® Sparkling Mint toothpaste, I knew that it would deliver the results I wanted much faster than I had even imagined!
In just three days I had visibly whiter teeth, just by brushing! Yes you heard that right – no need for time consuming methods for this mama! Getting my dazzling white smile back was as easy as brush and go to get the smile I once knew to return! And with results in only three days*, I didn’t have to wait around to get my confidence back…instead, I simply had to take the weekend to implement my smile brightening plan!
But once I got my smile back where I wanted it, I knew I needed to take additional steps to maintain my white teeth! To start with, I made it a point to brush (with Colgate® Optic White® Express White Toothpaste of course) immediately after consuming beverages or foods that were likely to stain my teeth. Yes, this meant having an extra “travel bag” of my toothbrush and toothpaste in my handbag whenever I went out. But I quickly started to see that by excusing myself and running to the restroom after meals, I could keep the white smile that I so loved! And honestly, it was such a quick and easy fix that ensured that I never hid my smile behind closed lips again!
But keeping my smile white didn’t stop there! Because I knew that by adding in additional oral care steps, I could compliment my white teeth and help keep them looking their best! So the next step in my routine was flossing and using Colgate mouthwash every morning and night. While this did more for my gums than my teeth, we all know that having pink healthy gums is part of what makes your teeth look so sparkly and white!
After three days of my new oral care routine, I was literally blinded by the results! Where I had been lacking the confidence to flash my smile, now all I could do was smile because whether it was in pictures or just in my mind, I knew that my smile was radiant again! In fact, silly as it sounds, every time I broke into a grin I imagined that little sparkly star that pops up in cartoons when someone has the perfect smile. Yes, simply by switching out my toothpaste to Colgate® Optic White® Express White, I saw dramatic results that I plan to continue enjoying! And with the ease of using Colgate® Optic White® Express White daily, I know that I’ll never have to go back to that girl who doesn’t feel confident in her smile!
So, you see, I won’t be hiding my smile anymore. In fact, I’m back to my Southern charm and greeting everyone with a huge smile! And I’ll be able to continue doing that by using my Colgate® Optic White® Express White daily! No more hiding behind my hand or a closed-lip smile for me! It’s time for this Southern Girl to sparkle and all it took to get me back to that self-confident woman was three short days* and a tube of Colgate® Optic White® Express White!
Ready to try Colgate® Optic White® Express White for yourself? Get ready because there will be a totally awesome roaming demo in 550 stores on February 28, 2015. And the best part is that ambassadors may be roaming the aisle at your local Walmart giving out $1 off coupons good on Express White Toothpaste. Find out if your local store will be in on the fun here. And then whether they are or not, discover my secret to a blindingly beautiful smile! Discover Colgate® Optic White® Express White!
Tell me, what are you tips for having a beautiful smile?
*For best results, use as directed for 4 weeks.