Maintaining a White Smile
- posted: Apr. 13, 2020
Are you looking to get a whiter smile? The answers may be found either at home or through cosmetic dentistry options such as veneers
Is your smile a little lackluster these days? Are you noticing that coffee is taking its toll, leaving your smile a little dingy and perhaps even a bit yellow? No problem—this is an easy fix. While our Ellijay, GA, dentists, Dr. David Settel, Dr. Cindy Sosebee, and Dr. Wesley Burke, can provide everything from teeth whitening treatment to dental veneers to get a whiter smile here are some simple steps you can take at home first,
Try at-home teeth whitening
Many people turn to their local drugstore to find whitening kits and strips that may help to lighten mild stains. If your stains are superficial then you may see visible results after about 1-2 weeks of continued use with these over-the-counter products. Make sure you read directions carefully before using any and all whitening products.
Use a whitening toothpaste
Along with your at-home whitening kit, you may also choose a whitening toothpaste, which contains polishing abrasives that can prevent new stains from forming while also buffing away newly formed stains. While toothpaste won’t actually change the color of your teeth like whitening products can, if they are combined with whitening products, they can offer some wonderful results.
Watch what you eat and drink
There are a lot of foods and drinks that we may consume regularly that are also known for causing stains. While we won’t tell people that they have to completely get rid of all of these things (because it’s quite an extensive list), it is highly recommended that you limit your consumption of:
- Sports drinks
- Red and white wine
- Black tea and coffee
- Tomato sauce
- Dark condiments and sauces (e.g. balsamic vinegar; soy sauce; ketchup)
- Berries and dark fruits
- Citrus (which can wear away tooth enamel)
Ditch smoking for good
Smoking is one of the biggest culprits for causing nasty, dark stains on teeth. These stains can be challenging to remove, especially in long-term smokers. Ditching the habit as soon as you can will go a long way towards improving your oral health and the appearance of your smile over time.
Prioritize your smile
If you are interested in learning more about teeth whitening or dental veneers for improving your smile our Ellijay, GA, cosmetic dentists are here to answer your questions and help you decide which treatment is right for your smile. Schedule a consultation with the team at East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry by calling (706) 635-2218.
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