Most people aspire to a white, sparkling smile like those they see on TV. This doesn’t just have to be wishful thinking on your part—many people are able to achieve the same whiteness by taking care of their teeth and regularly visiting a dentist like Dr. Milan Simanek, D.D.S. & Associates. Your dentist can make sure your mouth gets a thorough cleaning and can give you tips on how to keep your teeth white in between visits. Here are four of the best ways to achieve a brilliant smile.
Stains on your teeth can come from what you eat and drink, as well as products like chewing tobacco and cigarettes. Foods and drinks that are dark in color are usually the worst offenders. These include wine, coffee, berries, and sauces. You’ll notice that these items aren’t necessarily unhealthy on their own, and some of them even have important nutrients. So don’t think that you need to cut them out of your diet completely. If you simply can’t live without them, just make sure to brush your teeth after you eat or drink. This clears away the stain before it can set and become permanent. The same goes for smoking. There are plenty of reasons to stop smoking, but if you’re not quite ready to quit, you can help your dental hygiene by brushing your teeth after you smoke.
Although vital to the health of your teeth and gums, brushing isn’t always enough to get rid of your tough stains. If stains are allowed to set on your teeth, it may be impossible to remove them through brushing. This doesn’t mean you have poor dental hygiene, and it probably won’t affect the health of your teeth. However, the stains will still be there. That’s why it’s important to brush regularly, to keep the stains from sitting on your teeth for too long. Brush twice a day, and for the best results, brush immediately after you eat so all the food particles are rinsed away.
Teeth Whitening Kits
If you find a hard-to-remove stain, or notice that your teeth are slowly becoming yellow or discolored, you can often see an improvement with teeth whitening kits found at a pharmacy or grocery store. These do-it-yourself whitening kits come in many different styles. Some need to sit on your teeth for a certain amount of time each day. Other people use toothpastes and mouthwashes designed to whiten your teeth. These techniques will take some time to work, but are often effective at removing mild to moderate staining.
If your store-bought kits don’t work, or if you don’t have the patience to keep up with them every day, a dentist like Dr. Milan Simanek, D.D.S. & Associates can also whiten your teeth. Dentists use a stronger version of the whitening chemical found in home kits, so they’re more effective and work much faster. Most people can experience visibly whiter teeth in a single office visit. Tougher stains may take an additional visit or two to completely remove. Once you’ve achieved the brilliant smile you’ve been waiting for, make sure you remember to keep it clean by brushing and flossing regularly. Teeth whitening only removes stains that are already present—it doesn’t prevent stains from forming in the future.