YOUR 32 set of teeth help you talk and chew, but they can also make or break your appearance. There’s more to keeping your pearly white teeth precisely than that a bit of brushing and the odd visit to a dentist. Of course, there is more to keeping your teeth white and strong than brushing and the odd visit to a dentist. Take a look at these dental dos and don’ts.
Want a better smile? Start in the kitchen. Crunchy fruits and vegetables such as celery, carrots, and apples are natural teeth whiteners. They trigger your mouth to make saliva, which washes away food particles so they can’t stain teeth. Strawberries have an enzyme that acts like natural bleach.
Broccoli has minerals that form a film on teeth so pigments from other foods won’t stain them. Some foods leave greater stains than others. Dark coloured drinks are the guiltiest. However, there is no need for you to eliminate them from your diet. Just try to limit them and take care to rinse your mouth with water, brush your teeth, or chew gum right after consuming them!
Watch your drinks
Anything that stains a white shirt — like coffee, tea, or cola —can also stain your teeth. If you drink these daily, try to cut back. And, rinse your mouth with water when you’re finished drinking. Cola not only stains but contains phosphoric citric acids and sugars which lead to tooth decay. The cold temperature of soda does not help as the teeth become more porous in colder temperatures. Therefore, make sure to use a straw.
Do you like wine?
Red wine is a beneficial drink. The polyphenols in it assist in preventing periodontal disease. However, it is a double sword as the same ingredients are responsible for tooth stains. Red wine can stain teeth, and white wine can wear away enamel, causing long-term damage. The acid in wine wears away tooth enamel which will expose the yellow colouring underneath. It is not recommended to brush your teeth after drinking red wine due to the open pores. The best option is to swish with water.
Brush, floss, and rinse
Follow the basics of good dental hygiene for a dazzling smile. Brush your teeth twice a day — better yet, after every meal. Replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or earlier if the bristles start to fray. Floss at least once a day. Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash to fight plaque and to keep your breath fresh. See your dentist for a professional cleaning regularly.
If you want to brighten your teeth at home, you have plenty of choices. Whitening toothpastes have mild abrasives that remove surface stains with gentle brushing. Drugstore whitening gels, pens, rinses, strips, swabs, and trays work by bleaching teeth with mild peroxide. You can prepare a whitener with this do-it-yourself recipe.
Mix one teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide with a teaspoon of baking soda. Add just enough water to make a paste. Use this instead of your toothpaste once or twice a week. It won’t get rid of dark stains or work like a dental whitening experience, but it may add a little gleam to teeth that are losing their luster.Whitening at the dentist’s
See a dentist for the quickest ways to remove stains and whiten teeth. In the office, a dentist paints your teeth with a peroxide gel, then activates the solution with a light or laser. Or your dentist can give you a custom-fitted mouthguard to use at home. Be sure to follow the dentist’s instructions for using a safe and effective gel and for the appropriate length of time. Bonding: A small fix for teeth
If your teeth are chipped, broken, cracked, or badly stained, bonding can be an easy fix. It can also be used to fill small gaps between teeth. In this cosmetic procedure, a tooth-colored resin is applied and molded like putty to your tooth. Then, a high-intensity light or laser is used to harden the material. The final step: polishing the new bonded tooth. Bonding can be done in a single visit.
Veneers for a smile makeover
When teeth are badly stained, crooked, or misshapen, fixes like bleaching or bonding might not be enough. Porcelain veneers are pricier than these treatments and take two visits to the dentist instead of one. But they can transform uneven yellow teeth into a straight row of pearly whites.
Correct a gummy smile
If you have a gummy smile, the fix could be a surgery called “crown lengthening.” Under local anesthesia, a periodontist cuts away extra tissue to expose the full length of your front teeth. The surgery may only take an hour or less and recovery depends on how much work was done. The cost: several hundred dollars a tooth.
Braces for Beauty
Braces aren’t just for children. They can straighten crooked teeth and close gaps for adults who have lived with a less-than-perfect smile their whole lives. They can also correct an overbite or underbite. That may save you from losing teeth later in life or needing surgery.
Choose the right dentist
Helping you keep a bright and healthy smile is an important part of what every dentist does. For some things, however, it’s a good idea to see a specialist.