Cosmetic dentistry has never been more readily available and affordable. Teeth whitening is one of the most popular enhancements that can make a big change in your appearance. And your dentist is an authority on teeth whitening products.
What Can Professional Teeth Whitening Do For Me?
Dental stain happens for many reasons … medications, diet, lifestyle habits … whatever the reason for your stained or discolored dentition, you can achieve a brighter smile with teeth whitening.
There are a variety of teeth whitening products on the market today. Pastes, gels, rinses, blue lights, strips … the list seems endless. And you can invest a few dollars to several hundreds of dollars. Whatever you select, you want your efforts to be rewarding. So perhaps you should consult a specialist for advice on what will work best for you … your dentist.
Very often the first step to teeth whitening is to have teeth cleaned to remove topical stain and dental plaque that has formed since your last cleaning. During your dental exam, your dentist will offer advice on the best teeth whitening for you.
You can go online to get information on teeth whitening products, but your dentist has been trained and is licensed to provide you with the products that will work best for your particular needs. Upon completion, this cosmetic dentistry treatment will provide very noticeable improvements.
How Can I Keep My New Smile Looking Great?
You’ve invested time and money in improving your smile so you should learn how to help keep it looking that way.
Do not smoke or use tobacco in any form.
Learn the foods and beverages that are known to stain teeth. Coffee, tea, red wine, and cola can stain. Use a straw with cold beverages to allow much of the liquid to bypass your teeth. Foods that are deep in color like tomato based sauces, many berries and beets can also stain teeth.
While you may be tempted to brush your teeth immediately following consumption, it is best to wait at least thirty minutes as many foods can soften dental enamel, and brushing too soon can do more damage than good. Instead rinse with water, chew sugar free gum, or munch on some crunchy fruits or veggies until you can brush.
To learn more about your options for a brighter smile, schedule a consultation with our team at Tate Family Dentistry today.