Everyone deserves pearly white teeth that they can show off with confidence. Having dull and discoloured teeth can impact your confidence and may leave you feeling embarrassed. An attractive, healthy smile can make all the difference and it’s an attainable goal. There are many different things you can do at home or at the dentist to achieve a sparkling smile. Here at Dental on York in Sydney, we are passionate about healthy, sparkling smiles.
In this article, we will explore the top 5 ways to achieve a whiter, brighter smile.
How to get pearly white teeth
You might think this means permanently giving up your evening glass of red wine, but it doesn’t have to! Everything in life can be enjoyed in moderation. It is possible to make small lifestyle changes that will keep your teeth clean and healthy. There are also cosmetic options that provide great whitening results. Let’s explore your options:
Enjoy a healthy diet and lifestyle
This is not only good for your teeth but also your overall health. Avoid consuming too much sugar, this might mean cutting down on soft drinks. Try to eat healthy snacks as opposed to those filled with sugar.
You can still consume staining drinks like red wine and coffee but try to moderate it. Always remember to brush your teeth afterwards. Smoking is one of the main causes of yellowing teeth too. So, if you can quit or cut down, your teeth (and gums) will thank you.
Eat detergent foods
Detergent foods have a firm, fibre-like consistency. The texture acts as a light scrub that cleans your teeth. These foods include lots of fruit and vegetables like carrots, celery, apples and pears. Other foods include nuts and plain, unsweetened popcorn. If you can’t brush your teeth after every meal (which most of us can’t) then snack on some detergent foods to naturally clean your teeth.
Maintain good oral hygiene
Good oral hygiene is key for achieving pearly white teeth. Good oral hygiene means:
- Brushing your teeth thoroughly – twice a day and for a full 2 minutes. Make sure you’re reaching every tooth and clean your tongue too.
- Flossing – is often something that is neglected but it is really important. Make sure you floss once a day.
- Using fluoride-based toothpaste – to strengthen and protect teeth.
- Considering mouthwash – is not essential but it’s an extra step that can help keep your teeth fresh and clean. You can also get a mouthwash that contains fluoride.
Visit your dentist regularly
It is recommended that you visit your dentist every 6 to 9 months. Even with excellent at-home oral hygiene, it is still important to see your dentist. They will thoroughly check your teeth for any problems. They will also perform a professional clean which removes plaque and build-up. This plaque and build-up can contribute to tooth discolouration. Your dentist can also discuss other ways to achieve pearly white teeth.
Undergo professional teeth whitening
Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments. This is because it is a non-invasive treatment that can make your teeth multiple shades whiter. There are teeth whitening options on the market that may not be as safe or effective. So, make sure you speak to a trusted dentist. When it comes to professional teeth whitening there are two options: at-home or in-chair.
As the name suggests this type of teeth whitening is done from the comfort of your own home. Your dentist will give you a kit containing custom-made mouth trays and a special bleaching agent. The bleaching agent goes into the mouth trays which you wear for around an hour each day for two weeks.
In-chair teeth whitening is done at the dentist. The appointment will take around an hour and offers instant results. Your dentist uses a special bleaching agent and a curing light to whiten your teeth. You’ll walk out of your appointment with pearly white teeth.
Achieve pearly white teeth at Dental on York
So, there you have it, the top 5 ways to achieve a pearly white smile. Making small changes to your lifestyle and habits can make a difference. If you make these changes but would still like a little extra sparkle, then give us a call. We offer both types of teeth whitening and have produced plenty of great results for our patients.