5 Steps You Can Take to Have a Whiter Brighter Smile Indefinitely
August 19, 2013 by Dr. Emanuel Layliev teeth whitening
Like it or not, your smile has a big effect on the first impression you make. If you avoid smiling or hide your mouth with your hand when you smile, it’s harder to make a great first impression. But fortunately, you can have a much brighter, whiter smile, probably sooner than you think. Here are 5 steps toward having a great smile you won’t want to hide.
1. Visit Your Dentist Every Six Months
A professional cleaning every six months by a dental hygienist is a terrific starting point for having a beautiful smile. Not only does a professional cleaning brighten teeth a bit and make them feel clean and smooth, every checkup gives your dentist a chance to examine your teeth and gums and recommend procedures early on, before minor problems turn into major problems.
2. There’s No Substitute for Great Dental Hygiene Routines
Brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day and floss every day. Sure, flossing is something many people avoid, but once you get yourself into the habit you’ll wonder how you ever got along without flossing. Not only does it remove food particles from between teeth, flossing helps keep your breath fresh and your gums healthy.
3. Consider In-Office Teeth Whitening
Your general dentist may offer teeth whitening, either in-office or to take home. Zoom whitening is an in-office procedure that is quick and that brightens your teeth by several shades in one treatment. You can actually go in during your lunch hour and go back to work with a noticeably whiter smile. But Zoom whitening isn’t the only option. Custom take-home kits are available from dentists that allow you brighten your smile several shades over the course of a couple of weeks.
4. Drink Plenty of Water
Drinking water is good for you in many ways. It doesn’t have calories and sugar like soda, doesn’t stain like coffee and tea, and keeps you hydrated. Drinking water also helps flush food particles from your mouth without leaving an aftertaste and without the acids in sodas that can damage tooth enamel. Substituting some of the coffee, tea, or soda you drink each day with water can help keep your teeth whiter.
5. Adjust Your Daily Habits
Quitting smoking is hard, but the benefits are tremendous. Not only will your lungs and heart thank you, your teeth will stay much whiter since tobacco causes ugly yellow stains on teeth. Cutting back on staining beverages like red wine, coffee, tea, and soda, or brushing afterwards can prevent stains too. When you eat foods that stain, like berries, be sure to brush afterwards to prevent stains from setting in.
Your general dentist probably offers teeth whitening, and all cosmetic dentists do. These procedures are safe and are effective on most types of dental stains. Plus, many whitening procedures take about an hour and have noticeable results. Visiting your dentist is your first step toward having a stunning, bright smile. (Contact us here)