Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic procedure in dentistry and every year millions of North Americans undertake to whiten and brighten their smiles. We all know that having a white smile makes us look and feel younger – and in the end, a whiter smile makes us want to smile more often to show it off!
At Downtown Nanaimo Dental Group, we have several teeth whitening options to suit your needs and your budget – everything from in-office teeth whitening to smile makeovers. We also have a great financing plan to help you achieve the smile you desire sooner.
We welcome you to book a consultation today to find out how we can help you. In the meantime, here are some tips that you can start using today to have the white, healthy smile you deserve!
Brush and Floss Regularly
The best thing you can do to keep you smile healthy and white is to brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. Since plaque is one of the culprits that cause teeth to yellow, regular brushing and flossing help to remove plaque before it can give your teeth a yellow hue.
Flossing is extremely important and should not be overlooked. Up to 30% of your tooth surfaces are between the teeth, so it stands to reason that you can’t have a white smile without flossing! Regular flossing helps to remove stains between teeth and make your smile whiter.
Whitening floss is available in stores. Since we understand how important flossing is, why not whiten while you floss.
Electric toothbrushes provide more plaque removing benefit than just brushing by hand. It’s a good investment in maximizing your time brushing and getting the whitest smile possible.
Whitening toothpaste is a bit of a misnomer, as toothpaste alone doesn’t whiten teeth. It does, however, help scrub away stains before they settle in and discolor your enamel. Whitening toothpastes may be more effective at removing stains as they act to exfoliate plaque from the teeth.
Certain foods have been shown to stain teeth. These include: red wine, berries, soy sauce, and curry. While you do not have to avoid teeth staining foods altogether, it is a good idea to brush soon after ingesting them to reduce their ability to stain your enamel.
On the other hand, fresh and fibrous foods like celery, carrots, spinach, apples, and broccoli actually serve the function of removing stains by cleaning the teeth before deep staining can occur.
Eating cheese after a meal has been shown to help prevent cavities and promote enamel re-mineralization. Healthy enamel is very important to tooth whitening as it protects the layer of the tooth called dentin which is the part that actually determines the color of your tooth. Strong enamel means a proactive barrier against yellowing of the teeth!
Time Your Brushing
To be effective, studies have shown that brushing should take at least two minutes. Time yourself and see if you’re brushing long enough.