Raise your hand if you’ve ever wondered how to whiten your teeth. Most of us have. While there are a lot of products on the market and even more quick fixes on the internet, whitening your smiles isn’t as complicated as it seems. Here is how we recommend whitening your teeth in 5 simple steps.
Step #1: Brush your teeth twice a day
It has been said before and it will be said a million times over. You MUST be brushing your teeth twice a day. No amount of whitening strips, DIY teeth masks or even expensive dental whitening treatments will ever replace the importance of basic teeth brushing.
If you want a whiter smile you will have to brush your teeth at least twice a day. Every day.
Step #2: Make a habit of flossing
If there is one underrated dental hygiene tip it’s flossing. Flossing is essential for a white smile. Flossing helps to remove plaque, food particles, germs, bacteria and more. If you are only brushing your teeth, you are missing more than 33% of your mouth.
If you’re not flossing your teeth will never be as healthy or white as it could be.
Step #3: Schedule Regular Cleanings
Even with daily brushing and flossing you are not able to reach your entire mouth. This is why seeing your dentist twice a year for regular cleanings is so important. Not only are dentists and dental hygienists able to remove plaque and build up that standard dental tools cannot remove; but they are also able to spot potential problems before they get worse.
After your routine cleanings your mouth will be as clean as it can be and most of the tooth darkening buildup will have been removed, leaving your will a smile worth flashing.
Step #4: Avoid Teeth Darkening Foods
It’s no secret that certain foods can stain your teeth. Teas, coffees, wine and even soy sauce can stain your teeth, making it harder to maintain your post-visit shine. This doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy these foods, and the others that can darken your teeth. It just means you may have to take some additional steps to protect your smile.
Consider drinking teeth darkening beverages through a straw. (Preferably a reusable one that won’t end up in a landfill or worse our oceans.) Alternatively brush your teeth after every meal or remove the food particles before they have a chance to disrupt your pearly whites.
Step #5: Call in the Teeth Whitening Experts
Even if you do everything perfectly correct, your teeth can and will darken over time. This is just a fact of life. Following the above mentioned steps will help to keep your smiles whiter for longer in addition to aiding in the overall health of your smile, but sometimes reinforcements are needed.
The Center for Implant and General Dentistry offers top of the line teeth whiten procedures that can be done in an afternoon. Schedule your appointment today or learn more about our teeth whitening here.