Whiten Your Teeth for a Beautiful Smile

By: peterhutch

A first impression is the last impression, many say. A smile can change our world. We all know that. The key to a bright smile is a set of shining teeth. Imagine yourself in an interview trying to impress the panel. You smile and a set of yellow teeth flashes! Stained-teeth are a common problem and can lead to gum and tooth diseases. This needs to be treated at the right time and by a good dentist.

Pearly white teeth reflect more than just good oral hygiene, they show others that we take care of ourselves and that health and good looks are important to us, after all no healthy person would be delighted to have a smoker as a co-worker for obvious reasons. In order to keep good oral health we must follow basic guidelines which can be provided by a dentist.

Follow good oral hygiene practices. Brush your teeth at least twice daily and floss at least once daily to remove plaque. Use whitening toothpaste (once or twice a week only) to remove surface stains and prevent yellowing. Use regular toothpaste the rest of the time.

Rub raw strawberries on your teeth, preferably pureed. There is an enzyme in strawberries that acts as a whitening agent. You'll want to brush and rinse after applying the strawberries to remove the natural sugars and acids they may leave behind.

A professional cleaning to remove external staining caused by food and tobacco.

Veneers or bonding to fix irregular or damaged teeth or to achieve specific results.

After having your teeth whitened, touch ups are generally needed to maintain your desired shade, depending upon habits such as smoking, eating certain foods and drinking coffee and tea which can all stain your teeth.

Using a whitening toothpaste can help keep your teeth white by removing surface stains.

Teeth whitening is a very safe procedure that simply involves using a peroxide-based solution and/or a special light to remove stains and discoloration. In some forms, the process can be accomplished in as little as an hour.

Teeth whitening can produce dramatic results. However, it is important to keep in mind that daily oral hygiene is an important part of maintaining teeth whitening results. Cigarette smoking, coffee, and tea will still stain the teeth after whitening. If this happens, an occasional touch-up with over-the-counter or take-home teeth whitening product should keep your teeth looking as good as they did following the professional teeth whitening procedure.

Some teeth whitening gels are safer and more effective than others. Most teeth whitening kits include gels containing carbomide peroxide; the percentage you should use depends upon the sensitivity of your teeth. Using a gel with too high a percentage of carbomide peroxide can be painful.

Tooth whitening is a bleaching process that lightens discoloration of enamel and dentin. The laser tooth whitening procedure is simple. It begins with a short preparation to isolate your lips and gums. The doctor then applies the proprietary LaserSmileâ„? Whitening Gel, which is activated by a powerful diode laser. Teeth typically become at least six to ten shades whiter, sometimes more.
Combine lemon juice and one teaspoon of salt to make a paste-like substance. Brush your teeth and rinse. Again, not so pleasant on the palate, but your teeth will thank you.

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