If you are looking to transform your smile and get a boost of confidence without drastic, invasive procedures, the best initial step to take is to whiten it (bleach it). If you think that professional bleaching at a dentist's office is the only way how you can get whiter teeth, DENTAL CENTRE MALLORCA's expert dentist is here with a list of things you can do yourself to make your smile brighter.
Use the right toothpaste
Do not be fooled by whitening toothpastes, which promise to whiten your teeth. Most of the time they simply don’t work and very often lead to sensitivity. Not many people know that toothpastes labelled as ‘’for smokers’’ are actually great for removing any teeth stains including those from foods and drinks. They contain small abrasive particles, which basically polish the surface of your teeth, and with regular use you should see an improvement in their shade.
Not all toothbrushes are the same
Investing in a sonic toothbrush is one of the best things you can do for your teeth and gums. How can it help you whiten your teeth? It's simple. Sonic brushes employ vibrations to break down plaque and remove stains. Moreover, the vibrations force water and toothpaste in between teeth to give a deeper, more effective clean. With regular use, you will notice less plaque and tartar build up and less staining, resulting in a brighter smile. There is a huge selection of sonic toothbrushes on the market and from experience, a higher price tag doesn’t mean better cleaning. You don’t need any fancy functions, just look for one with at least 30,000 vibrations per minute and a head small enough to allow you to brush the backs of your teeth comfortably. Make it a habit to brush your teeth after every meal and rinse your mouth with water after tea, coffee and red wine. This will not only prevent staining but will also keep your breath fresh and greatly improve your overall oral health.
The importance of regular visits to the dentist
You should aim to visit your dentist to get your teeth cleaned professionally at least twice a year, unless you notice that your teeth become stained quickly, in which case you will have to do it more often to maintain a white smile. In our clinic, we are proud to offer Airflow air abrasion system, which uses a stream of air mixed with a special powder to effectively remove stains from your teeth. Unlike manual cleaning, air abrasion cleans teeth painlessly, without irritating the gums or damaging the tooth surface.
Change your daily habits
If you notice that your teeth get stained a lot, you should think about what is causing this. Drinks such as tea, coffee and wine, which have a strong colour, can over time leave a dark residue on the tooth surface. The same applies to foods such as curry and any colourful spices you add to your meals, not to mention cigarette smoke. If you’re determined to prevent tooth discolouration and whiten your teeth, you might choose to avoid these altogether.
Trust the professional
Unlike the solutions listed above, professional teeth whitening is the quickest, most effective way of dealing with tooth discolouration and lets you achieve the most dramatic improvement in shade. Some of the most common questions our patients ask about whitening are:
Q. Is teeth whitening safe?
A. Teeth whitening is perfectly safe as long as it is done by a trained, experienced dentist. Only by getting this procedure done by a dental professional can you be 100% certain that the gel used is original and medically approved for use, that its concentration is appropriate and that the bleaching tray fits properly to prevent spilling.
Q. Does teeth whitening hurt?
A. The whitening gel can cause temporary sensitivity in some people. The benefit of at- home bleaching is that if sensitivity does develop you can simply take a couple of days break from whitening and restart once it goes away. Alternatively, your dentist can give you a less concentrated gel which will reduce the sensitivity.
If you want to know more about how whitening works and what options are available, go to our services section or click here.
A quick summary of how to get whiter teeth:
1. Get your teeth cleaned regularly by the dentist
2. Avoid foods and drinks that stain your teeth
3. Use a toothpaste with abrasive particles
4. Brush your teeth with the right toothbrush
5. Get professional teeth whitening