One of the most common, if not the number one, question we receive is how patients can whiten their smiles. We offer both in office and take home bleaching options for our patients, but many people want to know what they can do without a procedure to help with staining or discoloration.
The easiest thing you can do to obtain a whiter smile at home is to purchase whitening toothpaste. Chances are, you already have one! Nowadays, they are on the shelves of every supermarket or drugstore and are actually pretty effective at removing day to day surface stains that result from eating and drinking.
Speaking of eating and drinking, this is the next aspect to address for maintaining or whitening your teeth at home. Most of the stains on our teeth result from what we put in our mouths. Obvious culprits are dark colored food and drinks, like red wine, tea and soft drinks. When possible, drink these items with a straw to minimize contact with the teeth. Many people also do not realize that white wine can cause staining. If you drink any of these items, try to rinse your mouth a short time after finishing and always brush before heading to bed.
Another effective way to combat staining is to use an electric toothbrush. Our office does not receive any incentive for recommending these brushes to you—we just truly believe in their effectiveness. They are far better than manual toothbrushes for removing stain and plaque and also have the added benefit of cleaning your teeth more thoroughly, so that you can avoid cavities. We specifically recommend the Sonicare brush and have patients report they are very satisfied regarding the results.
Finally, if you are still not satisfied with the whiteness of your teeth, you are always welcome to try one of the many options our office provides. The least expensive option is Crest Whitening Strips, which are three times stronger than what can be obtained at the grocery store. This is a non- committal way to try your hand at a whitening product, and in many cases, they are very effective. The other more expensive options are in office or take home whitening trays, and we are always happy to offer consultations on those products in office.