If there’s one thing most of us could do to improve our looks it would have to be getting whiter teeth. A set of white teeth will immediately stand out to those around us when we smile making us look healthier, more confident and more attractive as a result. However despite the impact that a white smile can have, many people will find that their teeth look dull or even stained over time and do little about it.
Well there are options. Here we will look at some of the top things you can do to get whiter and healthier looking teeth.
Choose What Goes In
One obvious thing to do is to be more discerning about what you eat and to judge it based on what it will do to your teeth. In other words then – eat fewer things that stain or ruin teeth such as caffeine or chocolate, and likewise try to cut out the smoking (a huge culprit for yellow teeth).. Meanwhile what will help conversely is fiber (because it’s rough against the teeth and cleans them as you eat) and drinking lots of water.
While whitening toothpastes won’t transform your smile overnight, they nevertheless can help to whiten your teeth slightly over time – just make sure these toothpastes are also good for fighting plaque and killing bacteria.
Bleaching can make your teeth look a lot whiter overnight, and is a great way to shape up if you have a hot date the next day (just don’t do a Ross…). That said though, it’s not something you should do too often as it can wear away your enamel making your teeth more susceptible to damage so that ultimately they end up getting more stained more easily. Meanwhile note that you are much better off using a dentist to do your bleaching rather than using one of those homekits which often aren’t very effective.
Now we are starting to move towards more permanent solutions to dull looking teeth. With veneers you are essentially attaching a new set of facades to the front of your teeth – in other words covering up the fronts of your teeth so that you have new false teeth facing outwards.
This is accomplished simply by cementing the ceramic fronts to your teeth meaning that it’s completely non-invasive and can be achieved very quickly. Likewise you can get to choose the precise shade you want your teeth to be and correct the appearance of any wonky-ness at the same time. And even better is the fact that the veneers will protect the teeth underneath by covering them up – this process is actually very good for your real teeth in the long run as well then.
Crowns are an alternative to veneers but simply these slip over the top of the entire tooth like an egg cosy rather than just attaching to the front. This then protects your teeth from all angles and means they stay looking much whiter.
Finally to capitalize on all the good work you’ve done in other areas, it makes sense to maximize the appearance of your teeth by creating contrast. In other words, if you can make your skin look darker then you will make your teeth look whiter in comparison – so using a little self tanning moisturiser or wearing a bold lipstick color as a woman can go a long way.
Dr.Philip Morrison is a well known dentist and well trained practitioner of Invisalign in Orange County.