So many people covet and envy the white teeth celebs sport on the red carpet or television. The brightness can be yours, even if you don’t have a gold star or massive bank account. There are plenty of ways to get your teeth white and fast – some you achieve all on your own while others require a boost from your Johns Creek cosmetic dentist.
1. Brush and floss your teeth.
If you want your teeth to be healthy and white, clean them. It’s as simple as that. Don’t let your at-home oral health care slide. Brush in the morning to clean your teeth off from everything that built up while you slept. Brush and floss at night to rid your enamel and gums of everything that built up while you ate and went about your day. If you have opportunities to clean in between the a.m. and p.m., do it! An electric toothbrush is a good idea too – you can brush more thoroughly and gently.
2. Don’t skip your dental cleanings.
Twice a year, you should be in the chair at your family dentist’s office getting your teeth cleaned and scoured. Only a dentist’s tools can remove the plaque and tartar that attached to your tooth enamel over six months.
Plus, decay contributes to discoloration. If you have cavities that are left unattended, you’re more likely to have dingy-looking teeth. Get oral health problems corrected and teeth cleaned and your chompers will be noticeably shinier and whiter after a cleaning, and they’ll feel better too.
3. Avoid the stuff that stains your teeth.
Coffee and red wine are the usual suspects when it comes to tooth stains, but they’re not the only offenders. If you’re worried about the whiteness of your teeth, you may want to skip or at least cut back on foods and drinks like: black tea, dark sauces, blueberries, pomegranates, soda, curry, turmeric, balsamic vinegar.
The fancy term for stains like this is extrinsic, meaning they’re on the outside of your teeth. The good news is extrinsic stains can disappear with the proper care and treatments.
4. Eat the foods that are good for your teeth.
While plenty of foods can discolor your teeth, there are some that can fight stains and even improve your oral health overall, like apples, strawberries, celery, broccoli, carrots, raw onions, cheese, milk, and yogurt. Whether a food is abrasive or rich in calcium, these characteristics lead to a healthier mouth and healthier, whiter teeth.
5. Get porcelain veneers.
If you have the kind of tooth stains that aren’t going anywhere with brushing, cleanings, or whitening, it’s time to talk to your Johns Creek dentist about porcelain veneers.
Veneers cover up everything you dislike about the look of your teeth, from stains and discoloration to chips and gaps. In just two visits to your cosmetic dentist, you can have a smile makeover that elevates your smile to VIP status.
6. Get professional teeth whitening.
You can invest hundreds of dollars in over-the-counter teeth whitening products (maybe you already have), but nothing will take you further for longer than a professional ZOOM! teeth whitening.
The powerful bleaching agents in your dentist’s whitening products break through the deep-down stains and clean from within. DIY products only address the surface of your teeth, which is why they don’t last as long and they’re not always that effective.
Ready to whiten up for good? Visit Dr. Mitul Patel at Family & Cosmetic Dental Care, serving Johns Creek, Suwanee, Duluth, Alpharetta, and neighboring communities. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.