If you ask most people what one thing about their smile they wish they could change, most people will say that they want to have to have whiter teeth. This is understandable as there are many different things that can leave your teeth looking discolored and less white than you would like. Some of the things that affect the whiteness of your teeth include:
- What you eat or drink- different foods and drinks can stain your teeth and even wear off the enamel finish that helps keep your teeth from turning yellow and makes it easier to remove stains.
- Your age will also affect the whiteness of your teeth. Just like your age affects the quality of your skin and health it will also affect your teeth as they like other parts of your body become worn as you age.
- Certain medications will also affect the whiteness of your teeth yellowing them and even causing them to darken.
Trauma such as getting hit in the mouth can also result in turning your teeth a darker color
Keeping Your Teeth Their Whitest
If you want whiter teeth then caring for your teeth properly can help to to keep your teeth whiter for longer. Using a straw to drink those staining liquids can help to prevent your teeth from becoming stained in the first place. Of course brushing and flossing your teeth regularly is the first step in keeping your teeth healthy and white since it prevents or reduces the build up of plaque and helps keep those drinks and that food from staining your teeth. When you can brush rinsing your mouth will clear water will also help to prevent food and drink from staining your teeth.
In addition, to proper brushing and flossing having your teeth periodically cleaned by your dentist will have keep your teeth looking their whitest longer.
However there comes a time in most people's lives when they need to consider teeth whitening. In essence teeth whitening is having your teeth bleached to remove discoloration and leave your teeth looking whiter and brighter. While there are teeth whitening kits available on the market, having your dentist whiten your teeth is really the best option for a number of reasons.
- Teeth whitening doesn't work on everyone's teeth. Discolored teeth caused by medications or trauma simply won't respond to a whitening treatment. Your dentist will be able to tell you whether or not your teeth will respond to a whitening treatment before you spend the money and time trying to get whiter teeth.
- Whitening treatments at your dentists use stronger whitening solutions making it possible to get whiter teeth overall, and certainly whiter teeth with just one treatment as opposed to home whitening which may take several whitening treatments to get a decent level of white.
Remember that teeth whitening is a process of bleaching your teeth and your dentists has the training and skill to best whiten your teeth safely while giving you the whitest smile possible.