Everyone loves the look of a perfectly white smile, but achieving that appearance can be tricky. Cosmetic dentistry provides the following tips to help you to not only make your teeth a little whiter but also to keep them that way.
1. Attend Regular Dental Checkups
During a dental checkup, our dentists use tools to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. This process can leave your teeth looking a lot whiter, as tartar has an unpleasant yellowish color that can dull even the most beautiful smile. Attend dental checkups regularly to keep your teeth clean and white, as well as healthy.
2. Don’t Smoke
If your goal is to have a whiter smile, then smoking is one of the most effective ways to sabotage yourself. Every time you inhale smoke from a cigarette, chemicals come into contact with your teeth, where they can cause noticeable and lasting stains. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do to make your smile not only whiter but also healthier.
3. Use Whitening Toothpaste
Whitening toothpaste does not typically deliver dramatic overnight transformations in the shade of your smile, but it can be very good at preventing stains from building up in the first place. When used every day, whitening toothpaste can help to keep your smile a little whiter. Choose a brand that contains fluoride to keep your teeth healthy, too.
4. Make Simple Substitutions
If you struggle a lot with dental staining, then it is possible that your diet contributes to the problem. Some foods are notorious for causing stains, including red wine, black coffee, and even tea. The tannins in these foods build up on the teeth and, over time, cause them to appear less brightly white. Keep your teeth whiter by making substitutions. For example, drink white wine instead of red and try swapping your morning coffee for water. Even just rinsing your mouth with water after you eat stain-causing foods can help.
5. Have Your Teeth Professionally Whitened
Professional teeth whitening is the most effective way to get rid of stains from your teeth. When carried out here at the dental office, teeth whitening is safe and painless. The dentist applies a stain-removing agent to your teeth and activates it by shining ultraviolet light into your mouth. To find out more about teeth whitening and whether it is right for you, ask your dentist at your next checkup or schedule an appointment with one of our cosmetic dentists today.