Celebrities on the red carpet all seem to have one thing in common: their teeth are dazzlingly white, almost as if they have never used them. In order to get that same effect, you do not have to go to a celebrity dentist. There are a number of options that you can use to improve your smile’s sheen.
Every dentist will tell you that having a healthy, beautiful mouthful of teeth always starts with proper oral hygiene. Flossing twice a day is a critical component of oral hygiene that many people neglect. Dentists recommend flossing as the first step in your daily dental routine because brushing gives your mouth a clean feeling, which makes it easier to skip flossing if you have saved it for last. Brush your teeth and gums gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove bad bacteria without damaging the enamel. It is also important to visit the dentist for a thorough checkup and a professional cleaning twice each year in order to have plaque and tartar build-up removed.
Most dentists have whitening procedures that usually consist of a series of visits. Professional whitening is expensive but effective. If you are unable to invest the money in your smile that this process requires, you may want to talk to your dentist about the over-the-counter options. While home kits in the past have involved keeping messy and uncomfortable trays in the mouth for an extended period of time, oral hygiene companies have been working to refine them in order to make them easier to use and more effective. Some whitener systems have strips that stick on the teeth, while others have a brush applicator to paint the whitener onto the teeth. Make sure to follow all directions and be careful not to overuse any whitener product, as the chemicals can be damaging to tooth enamel.
Laser whitening procedures are only available through a dentist and it is both the most expensive and the quickest option. You will see an immediate difference after just one visit, although the amount of time that one visit takes depends on the degree of staining on your teeth. The dentist will paint a bleaching gel on your teeth and then use a laser to activate crystals in the gel, which absorbs the light’s energy and lightens the teeth.
If your teeth are sensitive, your dentist may discourage you from using teeth whiteners because the ingredients in most whiteners increase sensitivity. There are natural ways to whiten teeth that can brighten your smile and may even reduce tooth sensitivity.
- Brush your teeth with peroxide and baking soda.
- Swish coconut oil, sesame oil, or olive oil in the mouth for 10 to 15 minutes each day. This remedy is purported to remove bacteria, strengthen enamel, and brighten the smile.
- Add baking soda or salt to your regular toothpaste when you brush.
Practicing good oral hygiene and using whitening products can produce a brighter smile, but if you are still smoking or drinking coffee or soda, chances are that your smile will not stay celebrity white. Eating a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, avoiding habits that cause staining, and practicing good oral hygiene are the best ways to keep your smile healthy and bright.
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I stopped whitening my teeth because they made them to sensitive. I like using the baking soda peroxide. It really helps me with helping to get those coffee stains off.
I have never tried any teeth whitening options, but would like to.