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Having white teeth is a crucial factor in having your smile look its best. With the help of Hoffman Dental Care, you can achieve a bright and natural-looking smile regardless of your budget. Many tooth whitening processes are simple and can either be done in our office or conveniently at home.
Here are the best and fastest ways to whiten your teeth.
Determine The Cause of Your Discoloration
Knowing what is causing your teeth to become discolored is a critical piece in keeping them bright and white. Lifestyle plays a vital role in the way your teeth look. Many of our favorite beverages, including coffee, tea, soda, and red wine, are all common contributing factors to yellow teeth.
Other common contributors of tooth discoloration include:
Age. With age comes gradual yellowing of the teeth.
Diet. Certain fruits and vegetables can cause the teeth to yellow or stain, especially those that are acidic.
Medication. The use of certain medications causes tooth discoloration, including many antibiotics and antihistamines.
It can be difficult to entirely avoid every situation that may leave you with stained teeth; however, there are many simple changes that you can make to your daily routine to help keep your teeth bright after having them whitened.
In-Office Treatments Are The Fastest Way To Whiten
Looking into a mirror and seeing a yellow tinge on your teeth is never ideal. Dental offices have several in-office treatments that can effectively remove stains and whiten your smile. Professional teeth whitening treatment, also known as chairside bleaching, is an easy process. The entire treatment can be completed in a single visit, and the process is painless. After an in-office whitening treatment, your teeth will be noticeably whiter in about an hour.
From removing stains to preventing them from returning, there are many simple ways you can keep your smile white, all from the comforts of home.
Custom Bleaching Trays
A whitening gel is either brushed onto the teeth or squeezed into a custom mold of your teeth. After the designated time has passed, the gel can either be brushed away or rinsed. The benefit of whitening with this method is that the gel can easily access your teeth’ nooks and crannies for a more even look.
Simply put, at-home whitening strips are popular because they work. We recommend that if you are looking to try an inexpensive way to whiten before trying another treatment, whitening strips are a great place to start.
Avoid Stain Causers
As previously mentioned, coffee and red wine stain teeth, but they’re certainly not the only culprits that can leave your smile looking dingy.
There are plenty of other foods and drinks that can stain your teeth, including:
- white wine
- barbecue sauce
- green tea
- black tea
- sugary treats
- balsamic vinegar
Eat Certain Foods
Some foods can help to brighten your teeth and fight stains, all while improving your overall health.
Apples improve your gum health and stimulate saliva production, which helps to rinse away stains.
Cheese, milk, and yogurt
Rich in calcium, all of these help to strengthen teeth enamel and appearance.
Nuts, celery, broccoli, and carrots
The abrasive and coarse abrasive texture of these foods scrubs off stains.
The sulfur found in raw onions stops plaque from forming.
The malic acid found in strawberries naturally removes surface stains lurking on your teeth.
Use a Whitening Toothpaste
Whitening toothpaste works by employing polishers and abrasives that buff away dark spots. Whitening toothpaste can be useful, but the process isn’t quick. While you may see a difference over a few months, you shouldn’t expect to see results overnight.
Routine Dental Cleanings
All teeth whitening results, including professional whitening treatments, will not last forever. To get the most out of your efforts, watch the foods you eat and drink, and visit your dentist for routine dental cleanings to maintain your results.
At Hoffman Dental Care, we understand just how important it is to have a smile you are proud to show. That’s why we offer several teeth whitening treatments for every client and budget. Contact us today for help choosing which whitening treatment is the best option for you.