The simplest, and cheapest way to whiten your teeth is to improve your habits. This may not give you drastic results, but it can gradually improve the appearance of your teeth. Even if you decide to go with another teeth whitening option, improving your oral hygiene habits will help your teeth remain whiter and healthier.
- Brush your teeth after each meal and floss every single day. Use a whitening toothpaste and a whitening mouthwash for improved results.
- Avoid staining your teeth. Coffee and wine are common culprits—cut back your consumption of these beverages or sip through a straw to minimize the damage.
- Your enamel is the whitest part of your teeth. Protect it by using a soft bristled toothbrush and avoiding sugary or acidic beverages.
Over The Counter Whiteners
There are many over the counter whiteners available. Some of these can be relatively effective and they are usually less expensive than professional teeth whitening.
If you choose this option, consult your dentist first. Some over the counter teeth whiteners can damage your enamel—which means you’re putting your teeth at greater risk for further damage and infections.
Professional whitening is usually safer, faster, and more effective than other whitening methods. In some cases your dentist will give you specially made trays and a whitening solution that you can use at home for a few weeks. In other cases, you’ll go into the office for an appointment that provides instant results.
If you’d like to get whiter teeth, correct past damage, and add an extra layer of protection, veneers may be an excellent option for you. Veneers are molded specifically to your teeth and made to look completely natural. They are bonded to your original teeth so they add an extra layer of protection without damaging the original structure.
If you are interested in learning more about veneers, and other cosmetic options for improving your smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. Devin Okay.