7 Teeth Whitening Tips Straight From A Dentist

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If you’re hoping to lớn whiten your teeth, you’re not alone. A study by the American Association of Orthodontists found that almost 90% of dental patients requested tooth whitening. If you want khổng lồ know how to lớn get whiter teeth, you have many options — some are simple and inexpensive (or free); some require more time & money. But whether you’re looking to bởi all you can or just want to lớn prevent further staining or discoloration, kiểm tra out our 11 most helpful teeth whitening tips for a brighter smile.

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1. Quit Smoking

Smoking is just as bad for your teeth as it is for the rest of your body. The nicotine & tar in cigarettes stain your teeth over time, và the longer you smoke, the darker and deeper those stains become. Although smokers can benefit from teeth whitening options, smoking will always put your teeth at a great disadvantage if you’re trying to lớn achieve a dazzling smile.

2. Limit Certain Beverages

Coffee, tea, fruit juice, soda, và wine are beverages that contain varying ingredients, like tannin, dyes, và phosphoric acid, which can yellow your teeth over time. If you’re not willing to give up your favorite beverages (here’s lớn all you coffee drinkers out there), consider these tips lớn limit their negative effects:

Drink your beverage in one sitting instead of over a prolonged period to lớn reduce its contact with your teeth.Drink water or brush your teeth after drinking khổng lồ flush away/remove any harmful ingredients.Drink through a straw. Although not ideal for drinking beverages lượt thích coffee or wine, using a straw helps limit these beverages’ tương tác with your teeth.

3. Avoid Sugary Snacks

Your mom had good reasons for wanting lớn keep you away from too much sugar when you were a kid. Sugary snacks, lượt thích candy & chocolate, increase the bacteria in your mouth that destroys your enamel over time. Some goodies, like caramels, toffee, & peanut brittle, are even worse culprits because they love to stick to lớn your teeth. If you can’t resist sugary snacks, try keeping them at a minimum và brush your teeth immediately after eating them.

4. Include Certain Foods và Beverages Into Your Diet

Although no extensive studies exist to show how effective certain foods và beverages are in whitening teeth, there’s an indication they can help to a degree. Some foods, such as strawberries and watermelon, contain malic acid, which may help whiten teeth. Others, lượt thích pineapple, can dissolve pellicle, which is a layer of salivary protein that bacteria can adhere to and discolor your teeth. Another benefit of some “teeth whitening” foods, lượt thích apples and cauliflower, is that they encourage saliva production when eaten. Saliva helps wash away food debris & damaging acids. As for beverages, milk may lighten your enamel because it contains lactic acid, and, unlike most teas, clear or green tea also increases saliva production.

5. The Easiest Teeth Whitening Tip: Brush and Floss Daily

 Many people overlook this factor when considering teeth whitening tips, but the truth is that brushing và flossing every day goes a long way in helping to keep your teeth white by eliminating residue from the foods and drinks you consume. Even flossing helps maintain a brighter smile by removing food particles that could lead lớn plaque & tartar. Khổng lồ get the most out of brushing you’ll want to lớn read our blog posts on how lớn brush teeth correctly as well as our vị trí cao nhất 13 tips on brushing your teeth.

6. Brush with Teeth Whitening Toothpaste

Most toothpaste brands carry their own teeth whitening options. Some of the most common ingredients found in these toothpastes are peroxide, baking soda, activated charcoal, and mild abrasives that whiten and polish your teeth. Although they help reduce staining from culprits lượt thích coffee, tea, wine, and smoking, they lack the power lớn lighten or remove discolorations deeper than the surface enamel.

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7. Don’t spend money on Over-the-Counter Whitening Trays

We don’t recommend the over-the-counter whitening kits available in convenience stores and online. Unlike custom-made whitening trays from your dentist, these have low concentrations of hydrogen peroxide because their non-custom-fitted structure means the gel will encounter your gums.

8. Use Custom-Fitted Teeth Whitening Trays

Available at your dentist, custom-fitted teeth whitening trays have higher concentrations of hydrogen peroxide than what is found in whitening toothpastes and non-custom (over-the-counter) trays. They also fit better than non-custom trays, making them more effective in whitening your teeth while reducing the amount of peroxide that touches your gums. Custom-fitted trays require two trips to lớn your dentist. The first is so your dentist can perform a 3 chiều scan of your teeth khổng lồ create your trays; the second is lớn ensure your trays fit correctly.

9. Opt for In-Office Teeth Whitening

We believe that in-office whitening is the best teeth whitening method. Available at your dentist’s office, in-office whitening is comparable lớn custom trays — including in cost — but offers a faster way to brighten your teeth. And, unlike custom trays which require two dental appointments, in-office whitening requires only one. In little more than 90 minutes, your dentist will apply a hydrogen peroxide gel to your teeth, followed by a special lamp that aids in the whitening process. Another benefit of in-office whitening is that the limited gel application means you’re less likely khổng lồ experience tooth or gum sensitivity.

 10. Visit Your Dentist for a Cleaning

Although daily brushing and flossing will help whiten your teeth, don’t forget to lớn visit your dentist for your regular cleanings. A dental cleaning is more thorough than at-home brushing & it removes plaque, which ordinary brushing can’t do. Most people should see a dentist every 6 months, but some people should go more often. If you’re not sure how often you should get your teeth cleaned, we have a blog post on how often lớn see the dentist that answers a lot of common questions.

11. Final Teeth Whitening Tip: Don’t Use Hydrogen Peroxide at Home

Using hydrogen peroxide at home is a recent trend that started on Tik Tok. Due khổng lồ safety concerns, some hydrogen peroxide lacks a high enough concentration to whiten your teeth effectively. If you bởi manage lớn find hydrogen peroxide with a higher concentration, be aware it can cause serious tooth damage. Therefore, we do not recommend using hydrogen peroxide at home to whiten teeth.

Summary

There are many viable options to help whiten your teeth. Remember that most take time, consistency, và patience, especially if you want to lớn achieve a vibrant smile long-term. If you’re overdue for a professional cleaning, contact your dentist for an appointment, và talk khổng lồ them about what the best whitening options might be for you. Also, if you’d lượt thích to learn more about professional teeth whitening, check out the details on our teeth whitening page.