How to Achieve a Whiter, Brighter Smile

Many folks want a smile that is bright, white, and attractive. However, achieving and maintaining that smile can be challenging if you aren’t sure where to start! Many different factors can impact the look of your smile, including genetics, your lifestyle, diet, and medications. Here are some of the easiest ways to start achieving a bright white smile.

Brush and Floss Every Day

One of the most basic steps to get a whiter smile is brushing and flossing your teeth every day. Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride and consider trying a special whitening toothpaste designed to give your teeth a gradual lift every day. Brush your teeth twice a day, in the morning and at night, and floss once a day. If you are not sure how to properly brush and floss your teeth, don’t be afraid to ask your hygienist at your next dental cleaning appointment. Many people still do not know the right way to brush and floss, so you are not alone.

Think Before You Drink

What drinks do you sip from over the course of the day? If you are like many people, you start your day with a cup of coffee or tea and end your day with a glass of red wine or soda. As a general rule of thumb, anything that would stain a white T-shirt can also stain your teeth. Drinks like soda, tea, coffee, and wine can all gradually stain your teeth and lead to serious discoloration. Avoid sipping on these drinks for long periods and always rinse out your mouth with water when you’re done.

Invest in Professional Whitening 

Drug stores are filled with over-the-counter products that promise to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home. However, many of these products can be unreliable to use if you are not sure what you’re doing, and they will never be able to give you the same results that you would get from going to the dentist’s office.

Dentists can lift your teeth multiple shades in a single visit and provide you with customized trays to use at home that will maintain your new bright white smile. Because dentists have access to different products than consumers, they can also lighten your teeth while minimizing the chances of sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity is one of the biggest complaints that many people have about at home teeth whitening.

Consider Veneers

In cases where your teeth are severely stained, crooked, or misshapen, merely whitening the teeth might not be enough to give you the gorgeous white smile that you are dreaming of. Veneers are a great way to completely transform your smile in only a couple of visits to the dentist. Because veneers are custom-fit to your mouth, you can get them in any shade that you’d like. Additionally, you can choose a different tooth shape than what you currently have if yours are misshapen. Veneers are an excellent way to alter the look of your smile.

Explore Invisalign

If you choose to just whiten your teeth, you might not get the results that you are looking for if you dislike the overall look of your smile. Invisalign is a subtle way to correct imperfections in your bite and get the Hollywood smile that you dream of. Invisalign is a system of clear aligner trays that are virtually invisible and that gradually adjust your bite over the course of your treatment. Many patients find Invisalign in Downtown Vancouver to be more convenient and aesthetically pleasing compared to traditional metal braces.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

Are you ready for a white smile that you can’t wait to show off? Contact Smilestone Dental today! We work with patients of all ages throughout the greater downtown Vancouver area. Our customized services are designed to help you achieve your smile goals, no matter what they are. To schedule your appointment or consultation, call us today at 604-423-4190.

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