Finally Get that Winning Smile Your Dentist Would Love

Photo of 5 secrets to whiter teeth LocateADocEvery person wants a whiter smile. Sure, brushing and flossing like our dentists tell us works well for keeping our teeth healthy, but sometimes you need a little boost to get those pearly whites to really sparkle. As time passes, our teeth naturally gain some color and this can be exacerbated by things we consume like coffee and tea. What advice can the field of dentistry provide us for getting our teeth their whitest?

DIY whitening kits are readily available at any drugstore or pharmacy in the form of gels and strips. The strips have become much more popular in recent years because of their low profile and easy to wear design. Strips designed by teams of dentists have replaced more outdated products like trays and gels that are cumbersome and messy.

Whitening toothpastes are a simple way to add some punch to your already daily routine. Replace your old toothpaste with a special whitening product to get a noticeably brighter smile in a few weeks.

There are a few age old, tried and true methods for getting your teeth sparkling without having to spend extra cash. Using regular baking soda and a brush can remove dirt and stains just as well as some of the pricey name brand products.

Dentists and doctors alike would agree on this one- STOP SMOKING! The tar and harmful chemicals from cigarettes and cigars are not only bad for your health but they can cause discoloration and brown stains that are hard to get out. So the next time you go to light up, think instead about how your smile will light up the room if you lay off the tobacco.

One sure fire way to get those teeth looking great is to visit your dentist. Your caring dentistry professional will have all of the know how and tools to get the job done right.

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Further Reading

  • While the economy is still pulling itself out of a recession, many Americans are holding off on cosmetic work including cosmetic dentistry procedures. Unlike some plastic surgery procedures that have low-cost alternatives, cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers and orthodontics come at a hefty price.

  • For the thousands of Americans  considering plastic or cosmetic surgery in 2010, procedure such as tummy tucks, breast implants and Botox treatments are surprisingly lower on the list than teeth whitening.

  • Dr. Nick Mohindra, a London dentist, has invented a plastic mouthguard called the Oralift that’s designed to help patients look younger by sculpting the facial tissues and increasing the strength of the jawline and facial muscles. The Oralift mouthguard is placed in a microwave to soften the plastic and then fitted to the lower teeth. The mouthguard helps to prevent the grinding of teeth and also helps to stretch the freeway space between the back teeth so that the facial muscles become stronger.