6 Things You Can Do to Make Your Smile Whiter and Brighter
Ask just about anyone what is the one thing they would like to change about their appearance, and many will tell you that they want to improve their smile. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, really, as we all know that smiles can make or break that first impression. In addition, smiles exhibit self-confidence and are what help draw others to us. And when your smile isn’t what you want it to be, it can have negative consequences on both your personal and professional life. Thankfully, there are things that you can do to make your smile brighter.
1. Strengthen your at-home routine.
Perhaps one of the best things you can do to make your smile whiter and brighter is to love your smile. That may sound a little bit silly, but it’s true. And loving your smile starts with brushing at least twice a day or after big meals for two minutes. You should also floss at least once daily or if you feel you might have something stuck between your teeth, such as shredded meat or a popcorn kernel. Rinse with a minty fluoridated mouthwash once a day to help kill germs inside your mouth and to help freshen your breath.
2. Swap foods that stain for those that brighten.
Some foods can stain your teeth. So, wherever possible, switching to foods that can help brighten your teeth is not only good for your teeth, it’s good for you. Try to limit the consumption of dark teas, sports drinks, red wines, blueberries, blackberries, cherries, pomegranates, soda, coffee, and candy. Also, if you use tobacco products, look into options that can help you quit, as not only can tobacco stain your teeth, but it can also contribute to tooth decay and gum disease.
On the other hand, apples, celery, carrots, pineapple, yogurt, milk, and cheese can help contribute to a whiter and brighter smile.
3. See your dentist often.
The Duvall Dental Center team loves to see our patients, but that doesn’t mean we just want to see you to say hello. We encourage our patients to come to see us every six months for an oral evaluation and dental cleaning. During your visit, we’ll clean your teeth and look for signs of cavities or gum disease. Your oral assessment will also evaluate you for other oral problems, and we will check your face, neck, and mouth for abnormalities. A visit every six months also helps make dental cleanings easier, as plaque doesn’t have as much time to build up and this helps ensure that you can maintain a bright, whiter smile.
4. Take proactive steps to prevent periodontitis.
Periodontitis is the most advanced stage of gum disease. When not treated, it can destroy the bone that supports your teeth. Further, periodontitis can cause your teeth to loosen and can even cause them to fall out. Though advanced gum disease is common, it is largely preventable and is often caused by inadequate oral hygiene. So, strengthening that at-home routine is more important than ever if you want to prevent periodontitis.
It is also essential to understand the various risk factors for developing periodontal disease. Those factors include age (greatest risk is for those over age 65), genetics, tobacco use, stress, various prescription medications, bruxism, poor nutrition, and obesity. Though you might not be able to control your age or genetics, you can take steps to lessen these other risk factors, and as a result, reduce your chances of experiencing the severe impacts of gum disease. The more you do to lessen your risks of gum disease, the better your chances of a brighter, whiter smile too.
5. Consider a smile makeover.
Smile makeovers are more popular than ever, with more and more Americans wanting the boost to their self-confidence that a bright and white smile can bring. But, if you have never heard of a smile makeover, then the chances are that you are missing out. During your smile makeover, Dr. Tyler will look at your whole smile instead of each issue individually. This will allow him to help you develop a cohesive plan that will get you the desired results. And those results may very well mean that your smile becomes the brighter and whiter smile that you have always dreamed of.
6. Ask about cosmetic dentistry.
We know that this might seem a bit redundant to the concept of a smile makeover, but cosmetic dentistry can take that smile makeover that much further. And, we’re not suggesting that you need to throw the whole kitchen sink at your smile. But, a little bit of cosmetic dentistry can go a long way. From veneers to tooth whitening to Invisalign to crowns, any one of these procedures can make your smile an amazing one.
For example, dental veneers are an excellent solution for patients who have dark staining that doesn’t seem to go away with bleaching or if they have chipped or fractured front teeth. In addition, invisalign can correct tooth misalignment and can help stop chronic headaches. Be sure to ask your dentist about what cosmetic dentistry can do for you and what it can do for your smile. Whether you are looking for one cosmetic service or could benefit from full-mouth reconstruction or restoration, the chances are that you will walk away with a smile that is Instagram-worthy.
Duvall Dental Center’s approach to cosmetic dentistry will make your smile brighter.
Dr. Tyler has repeatedly indicated that the most rewarding part of his job is working on cases that make a difference to a patient’s self-perception. “That smile after the delivery of the anterior aesthetics or the final implant restorations and seeing that person afterward and hearing how much it has changed their life are my most fulfilling moments,” he says. And with the Duvall Dental Center approach to cosmetic dentistry, you too can experience life-changing results with your smile.
If you want to brighten your smile, all you need to do to start is request an appointment. The Duvall Dental Center team will work with you to find a convenient appointment time, and before you know it, you’ll be partnering with Dr. Tyler on your plan for a smile makeover, full restoration, or something in between. So what are you waiting for? Let’s work together to make your smile one that you will love.