The first thing that people notice when you speak while facing them, is your teeth. Immediately, the state of your oral health becomes judged by the colour of your teeth. However fair or unfair that may be. Teeth can become stained in many ways. Even if you practice immaculate oral hygiene, your teeth can still become stained by tea, coffee, wine and tobacco products. Here are three ways in which you can obtain – and maintain – brighter, whiter teeth.
1. Brush your teeth properly, twice a day
For many years, dentists have recommended that patients brush their teeth at least twice a day, ideally after meals. The best way to ensure that you are spending enough time brushing each tooth would be to divide your mouth into quadrants and spend 30 seconds brushing each quadrant. Brush your teeth in a gentle circular motion, and only use a toothbrush with soft bristles that won’t damage your gums or tooth enamel.
2. Whitening treatments
The teeth whitening industry is at an all-time high, with products ranging from special toothpastes to whitening strips that bleach your teeth while you carry on with your daily activities. For mild discolouration, there are a myriad of over the counter whitening products available to you. However, for more severe discolouration or stains, professional teeth whitening treatments may be the best solution for you.
If your teeth are severely stained, decayed, or if the tooth enamel is thin enough to expose the underlying dentin, simple teeth whitening treatments might not be effective enough to give you the desired whiter smile. In these cases, the best option would be cosmetic dental treatments such as veneers or lumineers. These treatments will provide you with an instantly brighter and whiter smile.
For more tips on getting whiter and brighter smiles, contact a dentist in Cape Town.