The simple fact that you can’t turn around without encountering an ad for a product that promises whiter teeth should tell you that a bright smile is important to most people! It’s easy to get lost in the forest of marketing claims, so we’re offering you some tried-and-true tips for a whiter smile.
Dr. Stephen Hiroshige and his staff want you to both enjoy excellent oral health and to feel great about how you look. We know that having nice pearly whites can help you look younger, more approachable, and friendlier. After all, your smile is the first impression people walk away remembering.
Follow these tips to keep your smile dazzling!
1. Practice excellent dental hygiene
Brush your teeth at least twice daily, floss at least once, and use mouthwash daily. If you can, you may want to consider brushing after each meal.
Brushing immediately can help prevent staining, and a careful dental hygiene routine can keep plaque from building up on your teeth. You should also schedule regular appointments for professional cleanings.
2. Watch out for staining foods and beverages
Do you enjoy daily coffee? Maybe have a glass or red wine in the evenings? Though there’s nothing wrong with these small indulgences, they can stain your teeth.
Similarly, blueberries, beets, and even marinara sauce can also lead to staining. One of the best ways to prevent staining is to brush your teeth after consuming foods and beverages that can cause problems.
You may also want to use a straw so that potentially damaging liquids don’t touch your teeth. You could also have a glass of water immediately afterward to rinse away anything that could cause staining..
3. Quit smoking
There are so many good reasons to quit, but if you’re worried about your teeth looking dingy, you can add one more. Smoking stains your teeth brown, and the stains get into the grooves of your tooth enamel making them hard to remove.
4. Get professional help
Dr. Hiroshige offers two options for teeth whitening. You can choose to purchase an at-home whitening kit that includes custom-fitted whitening trays and professional strength whitening solution. With this method, you’ll see your smile transform over a few weeks, especially if you’re using the kit for a certain amount of time each day.
The second option we offer is Zoom Whitening. Dr. Hiroshige offers Philips Zoom Whitespeed, a system that uses LED light-accelerated technology along with a gel to rapidly whiten your teeth. You’ll enjoy whiter teeth, faster, and enhanced enamel protection and less sensitivity.
Ready for a brighter smile?
If you have questions about how you can make your smile white, or you’d like to learn about professional whitening, schedule your appointment with Dr. Hiroshige today.