What’s the Best Way to Whiten Teeth?

What’s the Best Way to Whiten Teeth? Dentist Ann Arbor, MI

Do you wish you had a whiter, healthier smile? The best way to whiten teeth is to start by avoiding foods and beverages that would stain them, brushing and flossing daily, visiting your dentist twice a year, and more. Many of our patients are able to whiten teeth by several shades by improving their oral hygiene and wearing custom teeth whitening trays. Continue reading to learn the best ways to whiten teeth. 

Avoid Staining Foods and Drinks

If you want to keep a naturally white smile, you’ll want to limit certain foods and drinks. Coffee is one of the biggest culprits behind tooth discoloration. Along with that, other popular things like wine, tomato sauces, and sugary berries are common teeth staining culprits. 

While we understand that coffee provides that much-needed boost of energy as you’re trying to get out the door, it can also stain teeth over time. Even if you don’t stop drinking coffee completely, you might want to cut down on how much you drink each day. 

A helpful tip for some people is to swish your mouth with water after drinking coffee. This helps remove some of the coffee from your teeth, rather than letting it sit on them for hours.

Juice is also a major cause of staining your teeth. A lot of juices, especially orange juice, have citric acid which eats away at your enamel and the sugars in it do just the same. We’re not saying you can never drink orange juice again, but like coffee, limit how often you drink and swish water after you’re done.

Brush and Floss Daily 

Plaque is an invisible film of bacteria that lives on your teeth. Over time, plaque buildup can increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Hardened plaque (tartar) can also give your teeth a yellow or brown-colored tinge. One of the best ways to protect your white smile from that yellow tinge is to brush twice a day and floss once daily. 

Most dentists agree that you’ll need to brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes at a time. If we still find plenty of plaque and tartar on your teeth, we may recommend adding a fluoride mouthwash to your oral hygiene routine.

Flossing is something most people avoid, but it is a necessary step for proper oral hygiene. As great as your toothbrush is, it’ll have a hard time getting the food particles in between your teeth, and that’s where flossing comes in. Getting those food particles are important because they can break down into plaque and cause tartar causing more health issues.

Do nottry brushing harder to get those particles out. Brushing too hard will wear away your enamel and cause more problems than benefits. The best way to get food particles out from in-between your teeth is to use dental floss. 

Schedule a Teeth Cleaning

Brushing and flossing your teeth at home isn’t enough to fully protect oral health. It helps, but only a dental professional can properly remove tartar from your teeth. 

Make sure you schedule a teeth cleaning with our office to remove plaque and tartar from teeth. If you have a lot of tartar buildup, your smile will look slightly whiter after your appointment. 

Your dental hygienist will use a dental scaler to gently scrape plaque and tartar from teeth.On top of that, a good hygienist or dentist will also make sure to clean your teeth properly so that they’re ready for another 6 months of healthy living. 

Get a Professional Teeth Whitening

Interested in teeth whitening at home? Our dentist may recommend custom teeth whitening trays to help you achieve a whiter smile. 

First, we’ll need to take impressions of your teeth to send to the lab. When you come back for your second appointment, your teeth whitening tray will be ready. Our teeth whitening dentist may slightly adjust the fit of your tray so it fits comfortably. We also offer professional teeth whitening done in our office. 

Avoid using over the counter teeth whitening products as they’re often harmful to your oral health. The chemicals in over the counter teeth whitening products may whiten your smile, but it often comes at the price of damaging or staining your teeth. 

Professional teeth whitening is done in a safe way to give you the best whitening possible. 

Ask About Dental Crowns or Veneers

Everyone’s smile is different. If you only need to improve the shade of one tooth, our dentist may recommend dental crowns or porcelain veneers

A CEREC® crown covers the entire visible portion of your tooth above the gum line and can be placed in one appointment. However, porcelain veneers save as much natural tooth structure as possible. They’re wafer-thin porcelain shells we bond to the fronts of your teeth that show when you smile or talk.

These options are usually recommended when someone has damaged teeth. Tooth decay can cause discoloration and other oral health problems that hurt your smile. If you notice something strange with your smile, make sure you see a dentist right away to get it properly treated. 

Need a Teeth Whitening Dentist? 

Dr. Stevenson DDS and his team are here to help you explore your options and determine the best way to whiten your teeth. To schedule your appointment with our Ann Arbor teeth whitening dentist, feel free to contact us online or give us a call at (734) 217-2328.

This blog post has been updated.