Teeth Whitening – A Complete Guide

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People who wear their smiles are the prettiest. The brightest smiles are made of a happy heart and a bright set of teeth. Though beauty is not dependent on a particular colour shade but having crystal white teeth lay a different impact. 

In our day to day life, we come across a lot of people with naturally white teeth and they acquire a separate space in our hearts and minds. We always try our best to have the same but not all of us succeed in having such a bright set of teeth that would make us unique and memorable. 

Well if you also tried and couldn’t get the desired results, do not worry as I’ll be discussing a few things you should try in order to get the brightest white teeth among your friend circle. 

Before we learn about how we can get the brightest set of teeth we must understand the reasons and causes for having pale, yellow ones. Most teeth turn yellow as this enamel thins with age.

Generally speaking, teeth staining is mostly because of certain lifestyle habits – foods and drinks, tobacco, poor dental hygiene and certain illnesses and medications. Tooth stains caused by lifestyle habits: Foods and drinks like coffee, tea, colas, wines, and some starchy foods such as pasta or potatoes, can create conditions that cause staining. 

Below we have explained some hacks that will help you get the brightest teeth. Thank me later.

Teeth whitening is achieved in two ways; 

i) by removing stains on the outer layer of the tooth as well as below the enamel surface, and 

ii) by preventing the generation of new stains. It is achieved by tooth brushing and bleaching.  Whitening can be carried out in the dental office or, using at-home systems using custom made trays to carry the bleaching gels. 

Best Toothpaste : 

What is the best toothpaste, to get my teeth whitened? This is a great question. Well, there is a lot of talks recently about charcoal toothpaste. Charcoal toothpaste is not great for external surface staining on your teeth, with its abrasive nature. Ultimately these toothpaste are abrasives and it is not truly whitening your teeth. So we recommend sticking to your normal toothpaste.

Say No To Acidic And Sugary Foods : 

This may look a little difficult but trust me this is the easiest and most effective way of leading a healthy life with a set of healthy teeth. One of the biggest reasons for our yellow teeth are these acidic and sugary foods. Studies suggest that these are the biggest enemies of our teeth..

Make Sure That The Food Isn’t Stuck In Your Mouth : 

Since we live in an age where fast food and snacks have become an inseparable part of our lives. They have become a part of us to an extent that we can’t imagine our lives without them. 

Speaking particularly of potato chips, they are one of the biggest reasons for our bad tooth health. That is simply because they get stuck in our teeth and although we try a lot to pluck them out we fail to clear them completely. That’s where it starts from. When these particles get stuck in our teeth, they start decomposing and the starch can compromise our oral health because they are broken down into simple sugars by the saliva, and these sugars will unite with bacteria to create acid that decays our teeth. Hence we should either avoid them or clean them properly.

Give Up Smoking, Now: 

Smoking isn’t just a hazard for your lungs but also for your oral health. Cigarettes degrade our teeth very fast. Hence, we must give up smoking as soon as we can to have good oral health.

Brush Twice A Day : 

This might take you back to your primary school days, but this is the ultimate truth which has been proven correct scientifically, time and again. No matter what you eat and how many times you eat during the day. This should be a routine throughout. This helps you clear the spaces between your teeth which limits the decay and other problems not to mention your teeth turning pale. Therefore you should not take this lightly, even for a day.

Professional whitening:

Is performed by a dentist who uses professional whitening products and procedures to speed the whitening process. Your dentist will apply a carbamide peroxide solution. Some products may require heat with a special light to accelerate the bleaching process. Whitening can be carried out in the dental office or, using at-home systems using custom made trays to carry the bleaching gels.  The procedure is safe in the hands of a skilled dentist.

These were some of the tips you must follow in order to make any of the whitening procedures successful. You can visit your dentist for teeth whitening viz cosmetic procedures like bleaching and all but if you don’t follow these tips, you might not achieve the desired results. Happy whitening!

Dr. Narinder Dhadwal

Narinder is a Specialist Periodontist based in private practice. She qualified from St. Bartholomew’s & The Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary, University of London in 2007. During her studies she was awarded the Harold Fink Prize for outstanding academic achievement.

Posted On : November 29, 2021

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