How Do You Get the Whitest Teeth Ever?

How Do You Get the Whitest Teeth Ever?

Feb 01, 2023

Why are My Teeth So Yellow?

Our teeth are not white but have a pearly shade to them. However, a few factors can cause your teeth can become yellow. The most common is smoking, which stains teeth over time. Other factors include drinking coffee and tea without brushing your teeth afterward and eating carrots, corn on the cob, and beets containing natural pigments called carotenoids. Your teeth can also become discolored by several factors, including aging, smoking, and certain medications.

What is the Safest Way to Whiten Teeth?

Professional teeth whitening is the safe way to bleach your teeth. In-office teeth whitening is a simple procedure performed in our office. The dentist will apply a protective solution on the gums and teeth during the procedure and then a bleaching gel. The gel is applied to the teeth and activated with an LED light before removal.

You can also consider home bleaching kits available from your local drugstore. However, they may cause sensitivity or discomfort in some people.

Is Teeth Whitening Permanent?

While teeth whitening is a process and not a one-time treatment, it’s still important to remember that it’s not permanent. Your teeth will gradually fade as they naturally discolor with age and use. Professional teeth whitening results can last several months, depending on your hygiene practices.

Consider dental veneers if you are looking for permanent tooth whitening near you. These thin shells are applied on the tooth’s surface to change its appearance.

How Can You Keep Your Teeth White?

  • Avoid wine and coffee, which stain your teeth.

Coffee is more likely to stain your teeth than wine, but both are acidic and can cause tooth decay. If you want to maintain your teeth, limit these beverages or rinse your mouth immediately after.

  • Brush your teeth

Use a soft-bristled brush, brush in circular motions from the outside of your mouth to the center, then back again. Use fluoride toothpaste and floss to remove food particles that may discolor your teeth or cause them to stain easily.

  • Visit your dentist bi-annually for cleanings and exams.

If you have a dental hygienist, they will check your teeth every six months. They’ll also check any visible cavities on an x-ray and fill them if necessary.

Your dentist will also check for gum disease, oral cancer, and TMJ problems (temporomandibular joint disorders).

Plaque buildup causes the teeth to become yellow and can also cause gum disease. The dentist will clean the teeth and remove any plaque and leave your teeth bright.

  • Replace your toothbrush after three to four months.

Toothbrushes are a tool that you should replace every three to four months. The bristles on your toothbrush become worn, damaging your gums and leading to bleeding. This is especially true if you brush with too hard of bristles or keep it the same during the day.

  • Avoid smoking

Smoking is not just bad for your body and lungs but can also cause the yellowing of teeth. The nicotine leads to staining and erosion caused by smoking-induced plaque buildup on enamel surfaces.

It’s also important to avoid using other forms of tobacco, such as chewing tobacco or dipping snuff; these products tend to stain teeth blackish-brown in addition to causing bad breath and tooth loss over time (and sometimes even oral cancer).

What are the Teeth Whitening Side Effects?

Teeth whitening is a safe procedure when done properly and under the supervision of a dentist or dental hygienist. The primary side effect of teeth bleaching is tooth sensitivity. This occurs when the enamel becomes thinned by the bleaching process, allowing for greater sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages. It’s usually temporary and transient and clears with time; however, if your teeth are still sensitive after a few days, contact your dentist immediately.

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Visit the Center for Oral Health for more information about teeth whitening and what you can expect.