A bright smile often equates to a more beautiful smile, and for those with teeth that are less than their brightest and whitest, it can sometimes to be difficult to smile. While there are loads of options out there for whitening teeth, including in-office laser teeth whitening treatments, professional take-home whitening kits and a slew of over-the-counter products that tout brighter teeth with use, the key to keeping your pearly whites shining brightly is not only picking out the best tooth whitening treatment to meet your goals and budget, but also knowing how to keep teeth whiter on an everyday basis.
Whether you have recently completed a whitening treatment or you simply want to keep your teeth in their current state, there are a number of things you can do in order to avoid dulling and staining of teeth. For starters, if you smoke, keeping your teeth bright is another great incentive for quitting. Smoking is one of the leading culprits of staining and yellowing of teeth, and the easiest way to avoid this consequence is to stop smoking. Not only will you enhance the overall look of your smile, but you will improve your overall health, which should give you more reasons to smile in the first place.
There are other culprits that can lead to darkening and staining of teeth over time with regular use that you may want to avoid if your goal is to have the brightest teeth possible. Beverages such as red wine, coffee, tea and colas can darken the color of your enamel over time. Foods with deep colors, such as berries and pomegranates, as well as those that tend to be sticky and hard to remove like sugary candies, can also lead to tooth discoloration. While it is hard to avoid these foods and beverages completely and a single indulgence won’t immediately discolor your teeth, the key is to be aware that regular use of certain foods and drinks can lead to teeth being less than their whitest. It’s also important to brush your teeth as soon as possible after consuming these tooth-staining culprits, or at least swish your mouth with water after consumption if brushing is not possible.
Proper oral hygiene is also critical in not only maintaining tooth brightness but overall dental health. Stick to a routine of brushing teeth at least twice per day and flossing daily. Routine visits to the dentist should be made twice yearly, unless your dentist recommends a different schedule. During these visits, your teeth will be professionally cleaned by the dentist or dental hygienist and that will be an important step in keeping teeth looking their brightest. Your teeth will also be checked for signs of decay and other potential problems, which will help you maintain your overall dental health.
Of course, if you are not satisfied with the color of your teeth and are looking to make a dramatic change, talk to your dentist about your tooth whitening options. With so many choices to choose from today, there is no reason you need to live with dull, darkened or stained teeth.
For more information about the teeth whitening options available at Gentle Dental in Queens, call 718-461-0100.