The Road to Whiter Teeth

If you are curious about teeth whitening, you are not alone! Teeth whitening can help you feel confident about your smile and encourage you to flash your pearly whites more often! We often get questions in the office about the difference between using over the counter products and having teeth professionally whitened.

For some, over the counter products will give them the results they want. Others will be left with sensitive teeth and very little visible change. We’ve seen the best results with customized teeth whitening trays that your dentist can make for you. The trays are specifically shaped to fit your mouth comfortably with professional strength whitening solution. To get the most helpful information about whitening for your individual smile, the best people to talk to are those in your dental office.

While teeth darkening is natural process, there are certain things you can do to minimize teeth staining. Avoiding tobacco, coffee and red wine is a good practice because those products can cause staining. Other foods that are known to stain teeth are tea, chocolate and soda. Using a straw with dark liquids can help reduce the contact with your front teeth, which will help them stay whiter. It is also important to remember to brush your teeth immediately afterward, before the stains get a chance to set in.

Healthy oral hygiene is the most important factor overall. Keeping your teeth healthy is step one to a whiter smile. Remember to brush twice a day, floss once a day, schedule regular visits with your dentist and keep your teeth in mind when choosing which foods and drinks to consume.