5 Ways to Achieve a Whiter Smile

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Many people want to achieve a whiter smile, but aren’t sure how. Does this sound like you? If so, you may want to talk with an experienced cosmetic dentist about what you can do at home to whiten your teeth or even consider a professional teeth whitening treatment.

In this blog post, we will go over five different ways to whiten the current shade of your teeth so you can enjoy a more radiant smile.

Avoid foods and drinks that stain.

If you want to keep a natural white smile, you’ll want to cut back or eliminate certain foods from your diet. One of the biggest offenders of tooth discoloration is coffee. While we understand that coffee provides that much-needed boost of energy as you’re trying to get out the door, it can also stain teeth over time. Even if you don’t stop drinking coffee completely, you might want to cut down on how much you drink each day. Other foods that stain teeth include wine, tea, tomato sauce, and berries.

Brush with whitening toothpaste.

It’s not uncommon for teeth to become dull over time. To help brighten your smile, we recommend using whitening toothpaste. You can easily find whitening toothpaste at your local grocery store in your favorite brand. There are also different formulas of whitening toothpaste, such as formulas for sensitive teeth, so you can customize your dental hygiene routine. Using whitening toothpaste twice a day will help improve your teeth’s placement on the whiteness scale.

Use whitening strips.

Whitening strips are an affordable alternative to professional teeth whitening procedures that can be done right at home. Simply place the whitening strip over your teeth and leave it on for a few minutes so it can work on your teeth. When you remove the whitening strip, you should notice a slight improvement in the whiteness of your teeth. Most patients use whitening strips once a day for a week to achieve the results they want.

Try whitening trays.

Whitening trays are a more effective at-home teeth whitening treatmentthan whitening strips. Many patients appreciate teeth whitening trays because they are affordable, yet offer more powerful whitening results than whitening strips or toothpaste. However, whitening trays take longer than whitening strips to work and often require that you wear them overnight.

While you can always pick up whitening trays at your local grocery store, you can also opt to have your cosmetic dentist create a customized teeth whitening tray. Customized whitening trays fit perfectly over your teeth to provide the ultimate teeth whitening experience.

Ask about Zoom! Teeth Whitening.

Zoom! Teeth Whitening is a professional teeth whitening procedure performed in a dentist’s office. Keep in mind that your experience may vary depending on the severity of tooth discoloration and how much time you have available in your schedule. During the procedure, your dentist will apply a layer of whitening varnish or gel over your teeth so you can walk out with a radiant smile.

If you are interested in our professional teeth whitening service, please feel free to call our Grand Rapids dental practice at (616) 363-5677. Dr. Samuel Spraggins DDS at River Valley Dental strives to help his patients achieve their best smiles.