Ever wish your smile could be whiter and brighter than it currently is? Having white teeth gives you a mental edge in a variety of areas in life. But much of it depends on the habits you form and the natural process of aging. When you have a gray smile, you spend way too much time worrying about what others might think. Teeth whitening eliminates this fear, and it makes you feel more at ease in every situation. Studies even show that with whiter teeth you are more likely to be hired, your love life will improve, and people will see you in a more positive light.
7 Steps to a Whiter Smile
1. Use Straws Whenever Possible
Drinking through straws will keep liquids away from your teeth by sending them straight down your throat. Though you can’t drink hot coffee with a straw, other drinks that may cause staining, such as darker sodas, are perfect for straws.
2. Use Whitening Products
Always use toothpaste with a whitener in it for a bit of stain removal each day. This continual, slight removal will help ensure your teeth stay as white as possible. You will achieve the best whitening results if you use a range of whitening products, including mouthwashes, toothpastes and overnight whitening kits. Using at home whitening strips in MODERATION would also be beneficial.
3.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.
4. 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.
5. 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. Zoom whitening is a very effective treatment that cosmetic dentists use to make a dramatic impact on tooth color.
Zoom is a type of teeth whitening that only takes one visit to your New York City dentist. It takes approximately one hour to complete the process. First, the dentist applies the whitening solution to your teeth, and then, a special lamp activates it. But Zoom whitening isn’t the only option. Porcelain veneers are another option, covering over the discolored teeth with a sturdy set of veneers that look natural. Custom take-home kits are also available from dentists that allow you brighten your smile several shades over the course of a couple of weeks.
6. 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. You see, the foods you eat can play an important role in keep your teeth white, and if you eat enough of the wrong ones, it can create stains. When you eat foods that stain, like berries, be sure to brush afterwards to prevent stains from setting in.
7. See a Dentist
Nothing will make your teeth whiter than a professional whitening performed by a dentist. Consider seeing a dentist for a professional whitening if you have years and years of stains built up on your teeth and want a chance to start over again by removing as much staining as possible. Come see us at NYCCD and we can start your journey to a whiter smile.
3 Natural Ways to Keep A White Smile After Visiting A Whitening Dentist
1. Coconut Oil Pulling
People around the world have been practicing oil pulling for centuries, and it’s become a fairly popular way to whiten teeth. All you have to do is swish a spoonful of coconut oil in your mouth for anywhere from five to 20 minutes.
Coconut oil has antimicrobial properties, which can prevent gum disease. It can also help make your teeth stronger and whiter.
Fresh strawberries contain a substantial amount of malic acid, which happens to be a whitening agent. You can get the benefits of this delectable fruit by mashing up a few berries and rubbing the paste on your teeth; leave it on for about five minutes.
Be sure to rinse and brush afterward, because strawberries contain a lot of sugar. If you want to make the mixture even more powerful—though less tasty—add a touch of baking soda and wait for the magic to happen.
3. Orange or Lemon Peels
It might seem strange, but citrus fruits contain a lot of acid that can actually work as a potent tooth whitener. Do you remember how you used to bite into slices of oranges when you were a child, and leave the skin on your teeth so you had a goofy smile?
Do the same with orange or lemon peels and continue chewing on it for two to five minutes. Be sure to rinse and brush afterward, though, because too much citric acid can damage your enamel.
How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?
After any type of whitening process, fading will eventually occur over time. However, there are a number of factors that can affect the longevity of your smile.
If you use an at-home kit, your teeth could stay white for up to six months. After that, you may need to repeat the procedure.
However, if you have in-office whitening performed by a dentist, the results will last much longer. In fact, if you take good care of your teeth, you could enjoy a bright smile for years.
In either case, the more you avoid things that stain your teeth, the longer the procedure will last.
A Dentist Can Decide Whether Whitening is Right for You
Tooth-whitening isn’t for everyone, which is why it’s smart to meet with a dentist to determine whether the treatment is right for you. A trained cosmetic dentist can examine your teeth and determine what’s causing their discoloration. If a dental problem, such as abscessed teeth or root canal problems, is to blame, the dentist can remedy that issue first.
Are You Ready for Whiter Teeth?
If you’re ready to get rid of the stains and discolorations that negatively affect your smile, you should give us a call at 212-288-4455.
We’re experts at Zoom! Whitening treatments and will talk to you about whether the in-office procedure or the home treatment is right for you. Before long, you’ll be flashing those pearly whites all over town.