5 Ways to Achieve a Whiter Smile

Troy MI Teeth Whitening

Do you wish there was a way to whiten your smile? You’re not alone. Many of our patients ask about ways they can make their smiles more radiant. We believe that everyone should feel confident with their smiles, which is why we’ve decided to write about the five ways you can achieve a pearly white smile in or out of the dentist’s office. For professional teeth whitening results, we recommend you schedule an appointment with an experienced dental practice that offers cosmetic dentistry services.

Avoid foods and drinks that stain.

Did you know that your daily cup of coffee could be contributing to tooth discoloration? There are certain types of foods and beverages likely to stain your teeth which include coffee, tea, wine, tomato sauce, and berries. If you want to enjoy a whiter smile, we recommend cutting down on foods and drinks known to cause teeth yellowing. If you would like to learn more about what foods to avoid, we recommend having a conversation with your dentist.

Brush with whitening toothpaste.

There is no shortage of whitening toothpastes at your local grocery store. Whether you want to stick with your preferred brand of toothpaste or try out a new formula for sensitive teeth, your options are limitless. Whitening toothpaste is great for the slight tooth discoloration that can happen over time.

Use whitening strips.

Whitening strips are easily found at your local grocery store and are an affordable alternative to professional teeth whitening treatments. Whitening strips work quickly to improve the appearance of your smile. Simply place the strip over your teeth for a few minutes each day. Continue using whitening strips until you achieve the tooth color you want. Most of our patients use whitening strips once a day for a week for whiter smiles.

Try whitening trays.

If whitening strips aren’t cutting it, you may want to consider buying whitening trays. Whitening trays pack a more powerful punch than whitening strips while still being an affordable alternative to teeth whitening procedures done in the dentist’s office. Unfortunately, this also means that trays take more time to whiten your teeth than regular strips and are usually worn overnight.

Generic whitening trays are available in most supermarkets. However, you can also ask your dentist about getting a customized whitening tray that fits over your teeth.

Schedule a professional teeth whitening treatment.

If the above methods haven’t been working for you, we recommend you schedule an appointment with a dentist experienced in professional teeth whitening treatments. Teeth whitening procedures are performed in the dentist’s office and may vary based on the severity of discoloration. The dentist will use a special whitening varnish or gel on your teeth so you can achieve your desired level of tooth whiteness.

If you are interested in our teeth whitening service, please feel free to give our Troy dentists a call at (248) 528-2270. Dr. Kelly M. Giera DDS has dedicated her career to providing patients with the highest level of dental care.