Choose the tips which most suit you and put the smile back on your face!
Unfortunately, Hollywood movies have created an unrealistic sense of expectancy that everyone has to have pearly-white teeth which dazzle like flash photography. It just doesn’t look natural for everyone to have teeth which are ‘A-list’ white but there are lots of good ways of improving your teeth’s colour without having to pay out Hollywood-style prices.
Here are a few of the best ways:
1. Improve your diet
Tooth decay is frequently caused by the amount of sugar and acid in the food and drink we consume and is often the reason why some people’s teeth look decidedly off-colour. Try to reduce the amount of spicy, acidic and sugary foods and drinks in your diet and you should prevent your teeth from yellowing and darkening. And next time you reach for that can of Coke, bear in mind that the only two drinks which dentists think are kind to your teeth are milk and water.
2. Axe the snacks
You know how some dieticians say it is better for humans to eat six small meals a day than three large ones? Well, it’s not advice that dentists would agree with – the more meals you eat during a day the longer your teeth and enamel will come under attack and the less time they will have to recover. If you must snack than stick to raw vegetables like carrots and celery and avoid those chocolate bars.
3. Upgrade your toothbrush
If you’re still using a manual toothbrush and looking at a set of disturbingly off-white teeth when you look in your bathroom mirror then it could be time to join the 21st century and buy an electric toothbrush. Dr Glafcos Tombolis of London dental practice Ethicare said: “Patients of mine who have switched to an electric toothbrush have all reported feeling more confident about their dental health care as a result.”
For many years, flossing has been a neglected activity but the situation has changed rapidly. Many dentists now believe that flossing is just as important as brushing your teeth. Book an appointment with your dental hygienist for a crash course in how to start flossing. As gaps in our teeth tend to develop as we get older it is vital to pay attention to flossing in order to remove those pesky bits of food which toothbrushes just don’t seem to reach.
5. Stop smoking
Staining your teeth is just one of the many nasty side-effects associated with smoking. Quitting the evil weed won’t restore your teeth’s colour but it should stop it getting worse.
6. Visit your dentist
If you wouldn’t be able to recognise your dentist if you passed them in the street then it’s probably a sign that you don’t visit your dental practice nearly often enough. Book an appointment and they will be able to give you advice about your dental health care programme and/or refer you to a hygienist if your teeth need a thorough clean.
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain which are bonded to the front surface of your teeth. Fitting veneers can address a variety of problems such as mis-shapen, wonky and discoloured teeth. However, fitting veneers does necessitate damaging the tooth’s structure by removing tooth tissue.
Crowns are similar to veneers and are suitable for patients who have teeth which are heavily filed down and worn down. Fitting them will improve your teeth’s appearance and colour but again they will damage your tooth structure.
9. Home whitening
Home whitening suggests that all the work is done by the patient but this isn’t quite the case. Professional home whitening treatments involve moulds of your teeth being taken at the dental practice so that tailor-made teeth-whitening trays can be prepared. These can be taken home and used overnight (or for three to four hours at a time) for a fortnight. The results last longer than in-office whitening does.
10. In-office whitening
This involves sitting in the dentist’s chair for about 90 minutes. The procedure starts with tooth-whitening gel being applied to teeth before the rays of a specialist lamp are directed at the teeth; activating the gel. This involves less work for the patient than home whitening does but for the best results it is advisable to combine home whitening with in-office whitening.
Or even better: combine all the tips mentioned in this guest post is to ensure your teeth are as white as can be.