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Maida Smiles (W. London)

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17 Mar
                           

Tips for Teeth Whitening

                           

We have all been there. Ageing, sugary foods and beverages, or compromised dental hygiene can often result in stained or yellowed teeth. Teeth can darken or turn yellow due to enamel thinning or excessive consumption of staining foods and beverages (especially tea, coffee, and wine).

Some people have naturally whiter teeth than others, depending on the structure of the enamel. It is the outermost protective layer that is responsible for giving our teeth their white colour. No matter the reason for someone’s yellow or stained teeth, there is hope for resurrection. After all, everyone deserves an equal chance to have that perfect pearly white smile.  

1. Basic Oral Hygiene

As basic as it may seem, maintaining a consistent and effective oral hygiene routine is imperative to cleaner and whiter teeth. All you need to do is brush your teeth the right way, floss, and attend your regular dentist appointments.

Brushing your teeth twice a day in a circular motion and covering all cracks and crevices will keep the outer surfaces of your teeth clean. Flossing, which is often an overlooked habit, is essential to cleaning the teeth and preventing the buildup of plaque. Over time, this also helps get rid of stains. Brushing and flossing on a regular basis protects the enamel and prevents stains and decay, which gives teeth a healthier and whiter appearance. Brushing with whitening toothpaste has also gained popularity in recent years.  

2. Dietary Changes

Eating a diet rich in fibrous fruits and vegetables improves dental health. Chewing on crunchy vegetables like celery or carrots helps keep the teeth cleaner and stainless. This is because fruits and vegetables like celery, carrots and apples are naturally abrasive and help remove some of the substances that discolour teeth.

Foods high in calcium, especially dairy products, have been traditionally recommended to maintain dental health, and not without good reason. Adequate calcium levels are essential to maintaining the structure of enamel and keeping teeth white. It is also necessary to address vitamin and mineral deficiencies, especially those of Vitamin D and magnesium, which are essential for calcium absorption in the body.  

3. Professional Whitening Treatment

Professional whitening treatment is recommended to combat existing discolouration. Treatment options include in-chair sessions at the dental clinic and supervised use of home whitening kits.

There are several different types of home whitening treatments available on the market.

For example:

  • Syringes contain a whitening gel that you regularly apply to your teeth or trays worn over your teeth.
  • Whitening trays that adapt to your teeth. These trays contain a whitening gel and should be worn regularly and for a set time.
  • Strips that mould around the shape of your teeth to release the whitening gel.

However, not all these products are recommended by professionals or contain high-quality ingredients. To ensure you are using the best quality products, it is advisable to first visit your dentist. They can ensure you are fit for the treatment and recommend the best options.

Furthermore, some home treatments can also be harsh on your teeth due to their high hydrogen peroxide content. While high-quality hydrogen peroxide is not of much concern, low-quality hydrogen peroxide can cause corrosion of the layer of enamel on your teeth. This can lead to increased sensitivity and reduce the longevity of your teeth. Therefore, it is important to read the label of any product carefully before investing in it.

High amounts of hydrogen peroxide can harm people with sensitive teeth. If this applies to you, consult your dentist for a safe treatment option.

Only a trained dentist can conduct professional in-chair whitening treatments. They take place in a carefully monitored environment and safely use a high-quality bleaching agent. They also provide almost immediate results.