Teeth Whitening Tips
These days, everyone wants a whiter, brighter smile. Here are teeth whitening tips on how to achieve the radiant smile you want.
Brush and floss regularly
Keeping your teeth as clean will allow for a smoother surface on the teeth which will help prevent stains from adhering more easily.
Use a power toothbrush.
Several studies have shown use of power toothbrushes significantly improves staining compared to manual toothbrushes.
Rinse frequently during the day, especially after meals.
Doing this often will help keep stains from adhering to the teeth. Ideally, brushing and flossing after meals is best but if this is not possible, a vigorous rinse with water will help.
Be careful when using over the counter teeth whitening toothpastes.
Many of these products are more abrasive than regular formulas which can lead to increased sensitivity. Also, these toothpastes do no change the color of the teeth, even if they contain small amounts of bleach. They help to remove surface stains and prevent new stains. Using a power toothbrush for this purpose can be just as effective while being less abrasive to the teeth and gums.
Try to limit the number of times you consume dark, highly pigmented foods and drinks.
This is especially important if it is not possible for you to brush, floss and rinse after you consume them. For dark drinks, try using a straw to limit the amount of teeth exposed to the pigments.
Oil pulling may help keep stains under control.
The fats and antibacterial properties in the oil may help to “pull” some of the newly formed stains off the tooth surface. You can practice oil pulling with a small amount of coconut oil. Swish the oil in your mouth for 15-20 minutes until the oil becomes frothy and cloudy. Rinse with water when done.
There are a range of options to aid in your teeth whitening needs from over the counter products to in office treatments such as bleaching. Talk to us about your concerns so we can customize an option that is right for you.