It’s that time of year when snow is falling and the world gets blanketed in a beautiful sheet of glimmering white. Have you ever looked out over freshly fallen snow and wanted your teeth to shine bright in the same way? A bright, white smile can boost your confidence and help you smile more often. So, how exactly can you achieve that winter white smile you’ve always wanted? It may be much easier than you think!

Regular Dental Hygiene

Taking care of your teeth on a regular schedule isn’t just for the oral health benefits, although those are also incredibly important. If you don’t brush and floss your teeth on a regular basis, you’ll start to notice discoloration and staining. Regular dental hygiene also creates a solid foundation upon which you can build cosmetic procedures with effects that last longer due to healthy teeth and gums.

This dental hygiene also includes seeing your dentist on a regular basis. Brushing and flossing won’t take care of all the plaque and tartar that may be on your teeth, which are huge causes of discoloration. Your dentist can easily remove that plaque and tartar.

Avoiding Foods that Stain

The food you eat can have a huge impact on your health, both bodily and oral. While it’s common knowledge that you should avoid foods that are overly processed or loaded with sugar and other unhealthy components, many people aren’t aware that seemingly harmless food can have a significant impact on the color of your teeth.

  • Soda is loaded with sugar and high fructose corn syrup that wreak havoc on your teeth. It’s also incredibly acidic, which can make it so your teeth get stained much easier. The acid breaks down your enamel, which then allows other staining foods to do their damage.
  • Coffee and tea are other beverages that contain a high level of acidity and can cause the same amount of damage as soda. However, the dark color of coffee and sometimes tea can cause staining in and of itself, especially if you drink it in high volumes.
  • Food dye, as found in a variety of foods like lollipops, hard candy and ice pops, can cause a lot of staining.
  • Berries, while healthy overall, can stain your teeth because they are high in chromogens, which stick to your teeth. If you’re unsure, ask yourself if the berry juice would stain your clothes. If it does, it will stain your teeth, as well.

At-Home Teeth Whitening Products

Over-the-counter teeth whitening products are available to the general public and can help you whiten on a budget. These products can include at-home whitening kits and whitening toothpastes. While these are cheaper products, they may not be as effective as professional whitening services provided by your dentist.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

In-office teeth whitening services provided by dentists are the most effective way to brighten your smile. These whitening treatments are easy, affordable and provide a much greater success rate over at-home whitening kits. If you think in-office teeth whitening is right for you, don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.