Over time, teeth can become discolored. In some cases this is due to stains or prescription medication. In other cases it is simply a side effect of getting older. If your smile isn’t as bright or white as you’d like it to be, there are steps you can take to get a whiter smile. Here’s what you need to do:
Perfect Your Oral Hygiene Routine
The first step to getting whiter teeth is basic oral hygiene. Make sure you are doing everything you possibly can to protect your smile and keep it clean.
- Brush your teeth with a soft bristled toothbrush and a whitening toothpaste. Be sure to brush for two full minutes, but don’t brush too hard because that could damage your enamel.
- Floss every single day between all of your teeth to prevent infections and tartar buildup.
- Drink plenty of water to keep your mouth clean and rinse it out with a whitening mouthwash for even better results.
Stop Staining Your Teeth
Even if your teeth are already discolored, you should stop doing things that can make stains worse.
- Avoid drinking a lot of coffee or red wine. These beverages can stain your teeth. If you can’t give up your favorite beverages, you can try drinking your coffee through a straw to reduce contact with your teeth. If you do drink wine or coffee, drink water at the same time to keep your mouth rinsed out and as clean as possible.
- Get help to quit smoking. Smoking harms your health and damages your teeth.
Get A Professional Whitening Kit
Once you’ve done your best to improve your teeth on your own, you should consult your dentist about professional whitening. At Peters Dental Associates, patients who choose this option come in for two appointments. During the first appointment, a mold will be made of your teeth and custom plastic trays will be created for you. During the second appointment, the trays will be fitted to your teeth and adjusted as necessary. You’ll be given instructions and a special whitening solution. Most patients are instructed to wear the trays twice a day for thirty minutes, or during the night while they sleep. Instructions will depend on the condition of your teeth. Usually the treatment lasts for a few weeks.
To learn more about improving your smile, schedule an appointment or cleaning at Peters Dental Associates.