When your teeth are discolored, it makes you want to hide your smile. It can affect your confidence in all areas of your life, from dating to job interviews to everyday social situations. The good news is that there are many simple ways to achieve a brighter smile.
1. Be Cognizant of What You’re Eating
Foods and beverages with dark coloring, such as tomato sauce and red wine, produce tannins that can add chromogenic particles to your teeth. You may want to avoid them entirely if you really want to nip your teeth discoloration in the bud.
2. Brush Regularly
If you just can’t resist indulging in a glass of wine and bowl of bolognese, make sure you brush your teeth as soon as possible after consumption. Twice a day is actually the bare minimum for brushing. Three times a day and after you eat is even better if you know you’re prone to tooth stains.
3. Whitening Toothpaste or Mouthwash
Not seeing results from brushing? Try a whitening toothpaste or mouthwash. Usually, they contain a minor bleaching component, a light concentration that can help prevent discoloration. In many cases, they’ll deliver the low-cost, noticeable whitening boost you’re looking for.
4. Bleach Strips
You can also try bleach strips and trays at your local drug store. They have greater bleaching strength. If you use them consistently over time, they can deliver fantastic results. Just be mindful to take some time away from these products if your gums get overly sensitive.
5. In-Office Dental Teeth Bleaching
If none of the above seem to be working, or if you simply would prefer to have a professional use top-quality products to reveal your pearly whites, you can schedule an appointment with Dr. Adjemian. Our in-house teeth whitening solutions have the greatest bleaching strength for best results. You can either sit in the office while we give you a light-activated gel treatment that takes a few hours of your time, or we can send you home with a tray that you can use and wear at night. Schedule your visit today!
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