The top 4 Teeth Whitening Options for a Brighter Smile

A woman smiles with a white line dividing her face in half - her right side has yellow teeth while her left side has white teeth.Getting that movie star smile is a tough goal to reach. Each smile and mouth is unique, but there are some steps you can take to help give yourself the whitest smile while also improving your dental hygiene. Read on to learn more about what you can do to whiten your teeth. 

Routine Dentists Visits

Before getting into intense whitening options, take it back to the basics and be mindful of the simple things. Schedule an appointment with your dentist to make sure there is no hidden issue that will create problems in the future. Thorough cleaning and inspection of your teeth will help ensure there are no lingering diseases. Try to get in to see your dentist twice per year. 

Daily Tooth Brushing

Aside from the regular visits to the dentist’s office, there is something you can do at home - brush your teeth! Regular teeth brushing for at least two minutes can ensure you fight off gum disease and plaque that causes unsightly coloring on your teeth. Most whitening toothpaste should include silica - an ingredient that helps get rid of new staining on your teeth. Be on the lookout for toothpaste with fluoride above 0.018 percent.

Pro tip: try to get an electric toothbrush. Dentists agree that vibrations help knock out more stains. The electronic option also typically includes an automatic timer. Choose a soft-headed electric brush to avoid scraping off your teeth’s enamel. 

Whitening Strips

Another option for whiter teeth is choosing whitening strips. These kits work well depending on which particular brand and version you choose and how diligent you are about applying the strips. The ingredient of hydrogen peroxide (no more than 10 percent) is a necessary component in stain removal. Make sure to brush your teeth then dry them before applying the strips. 

For next-level whitening, speak to your dentist about their in-office whitening treatment options. The process is painless, and over three treatment sessions can offer a difference of many shades. 

Cosmetic Dentistry: Dental Veneers

The next and most serious option for teeth whitening is dental veneers. Dental veneers are most often caps placed over your teeth. Your dentist can perform the procedure in two office visits. This option offers the chance to correct any chips, misalignments, or discoloration to give you the model smile you’ve always wanted. Dental veneers are an investment that will drastically improve the shading of your smile for years to come!

The Southfield Family Dental professional team is here to help protect your mouth and give you the whitest smile possible. To learn more about your whitening options, head over to our cosmetic dentistry page. Schedule your next appointment by calling us today at (248) 234-9987.

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