Lifestyle habits, as well as the passage of time, can take a toll on the color of your pearly whites. Although teeth normally come in many different shades, most people want their teeth to be bright white. Aside from visiting your Van Nuys, CA cosmetic dentist, Dr. Peter Suh, there are other things you can do to keep your teeth from becoming stained.
#1—Brush After Every Meal
If you are conscientious about brushing after meals (it’s best to wait about 30 minutes after you eat), you can help prevent a lot of staining from happening. If you use an electric toothbrush and a whitening toothpaste, this can also help get rid of surface stains.
Incidentally, don’t brush aggressively, thinking you can brush away stains. This can actually be harmful to your tooth enamel as well as your gums.
It’s also a good idea to rinse your mouth with water after eating—especially if you can’t brush your teeth right away.
#2—Sip through a Straw
It may not be the most glamorous way to sip a fine red wine but using a straw can protect your teeth from exposure to potentially staining beverages.
#3—Have Your Teeth Cleaned Regularly
When you go to the dentist for a twice-annual cleaning, the process will eliminate surface stains on your teeth, leaving them feeling clean and looking white.
#4—Have Your Teeth Whitened
If you want to try over-the-counter whiteners, whitening strips are usually recommended as being the most effective. However, nothing beats the dramatic results of having your teeth professionally whitened. You can have your teeth several shades lighter in just an hour or two at the dentist. With take-home, custom-made whitening trays, you can touch up your smile at your convenience.
Talk to your Van Nuys, CA cosmetic dentist at the Dental Care Center to find out more about keeping your teeth white, bright, and stain-free. Call us today!