There are many causes for yellowing teeth, and just as many solutions to consider.
Follows these 8 tips of these expert teeth-whitening tips for a smile that shines like no other!
1. Seek professional help
Probably the easiest way to get those pearly whites extra bright is through in-office (or chairside) teeth whitening. It’s the fastest way, taking around an hour, and also the safest form of teeth-bleaching. You also have to be sure to follow up at home with other teeth-whitening methods, as the results are not permanent.
2. Purchase an at-home teeth whitening kit
The second most effective choice for whiter teeth is to purchase an at-home teeth-whitening kit from your dentist, which includes a special mouthpiece. You can also remove deep and surface stains with these kits, which also use mild bleach to brighten yellowed teeth. To whiten, wear the kits for several hours a day, or through the night while you sleep. When time passes and you notice stains forming again, just pop in the mouthpiece once again for a night or two.
3. Daily maintenance
Dentists advise that you brush twice daily and floss at least once daily for good oral hygiene. By keeping up with your daily teeth-cleaning regimen, you can keep your smile pretty and avoid painful visits to the dentist. Upgrade to an electric toothbrush, which provides a more powerful and thorough cleaning.
4. Be gentle with the brush
Though drugstores give you the option of soft, medium or hard brushes, you should really stick to the soft brushes to avoid damaging your tooth enamel. Gently brush your teeth for at least two minutes, twice daily, for best results.
5. Brush with whitening toothpaste
Whitening toothpastes will only remove surface stains and not change the color of your teeth like professional services. They have abrasives, special chemicals or polishing agents that aid in removing those stains. Whitening toothpaste is also a must if you have tooth-colored fillings, crowns, caps or bonding in your front teeth, for which bleaching is not recommended.
6. Salivate More
Foods like celery, apples, pears and carrots are not only healthy for your body, but also for your teeth. How? Eating these foods triggers lots of saliva, which helps to wash away other food debris on your teeth. The same applies for chewing sugarless gum. Saliva also neutralizes the acid that causes tooth decay. So, bring on the saliva!
7. Avoid drinks that stain
Dentists say that any drink that can stain a white cotton T-shirt can stain teeth, including coffee, dark, red wine, tea and sodas, and even fruit juice. Unfortunately, unless you stick to water and ginger ale, it’s almost impossible to avoid these stains!
8. Remember to rinse
We know it’s super hard to completely rule out wine, sodas and fruit juice, So, drink that glass of wine (or glasses), then rinse your mouth with water to keep stains from forming. Avoid brushing after drinking anything acidic though. The acid in wine and other drinks is enamel-damaging, and brushing will only worsen the damage. Also, don’t forget the cheese tray with your wine; calcium-rich foods help neutralize the acids that yellow teeth.
For more info on teeth-whitening Contact Glasscock Dental
8430 Univ. Exec. Park Drive Suite 610 Charlotte, NC 28262