First things first, all of us wants to get a whiter teeth and a brighter smile. But with all the coffee, extra soy sauce in our sushi, and soda drinks achieving a pearly white teeth isn’t just possible. Through time, all the colours of the food we eat eventually build up which causes our teeth to become stained.
But now, you have decided to take the teeth whitening business seriously. But where do you start?
There are a lot of ways in which you can achieve a whiter teeth. You can either purchase a DIY teeth whitener over the counter or you can go to a dentist and get the job done. Either way, you would have to observe some do’s and don’ts to maintain a healthy smile.
DO: Maintain a Good Oral Hygiene
If you use the over-the-counter type of teeth whiteners, it’s important that your teeth should be clean. Plaque build-up could prevent you from achieving the results you want. For instance, one of your tooth may have cavities in which the product might get into and cause pain.
It’s important to know that these over-the-counter products are designed to be used on a healthy teeth. To be on the safe side, getting a good teeth cleaning from your dentist can be a good way to get rid of plaque build-up. Remember to floss every time you finish eating.
DON’T: Eat Food that Might Stain Your Teeth
You don’t necessarily have stop eating them but as much as possible, you need to avoid eating foods that might stain your newly whitened teeth. This way, the results could last longer. If you’re thinking of drinking dark foods or drinks, be sure to use a straw.
Coffee, tea, sodas, blue-berries, and fruit juices are just few of the many that could stain your teeth. If you’re not sure what food to eat and avoid, just think of it like this: the foods that can stain a white cloth can also stain your teeth.
DO: Check Expiration Dates of Teeth Whitening Products
Don’t trust teeth whitening products that are on sale. They’re usually sold at a much lesser price because they’re nearing their expiration dates. If you think you won’t be using it anytime soon, it’s best not to buy the products just yet.
DON’T: Modify the Instructions
If the instructions on the product says to let it stay on for 20 minutes, then it’s better to just follow it. Don’t try to modify the instructions and let it stay longer than the prescribed time or you’ll end up suffering from sensitivity on your teeth.
DO: Avoid Acidic Food
Most of the time, the reason why your teeth can easily be stained is because the enamel on your tooth – the one that protects your teeth from tooth decay – is broken down. This can result when you often consume carbonated drinks. When this happens, your teeth will become more porous and is more likely to absorb stains.
These do’s and don’ts serves as a guide to ensure success in whitening your teeth and keep the results stay longer. It’s important to remember, though, that whitening your teeth doesn’t take effect after one try. However, once the effect becomes visible, it’ll definitely be worth the wait.