Whether you have your teeth professionally whitened at the dentist’s office or prefer at-home techniques, there’s no denying the confidence boost that comes from a white smile. This month, our dental team is sharing their top tips for achieving a bright, white smile:
- Brush after eating or drinking
We know drinks like coffee and red wine can stain the teeth, but we also know it’s hard to not to ever drink them; so be on the safe side and brush after drinking, especially if the drink is a darker color. With foods like red pasta sauce, gravy, and anything acidic, it is also crucial to brush after you eat. If you can get in the habit of brushing after eating or drinking regardless of color, your teeth will thank you for it.
- Brush with baking soda and peroxide
Be careful not to overdo it! We recommend brushing with baking soda and peroxide once a week. You can do this after you brush your teeth with toothpaste, and it will remove stains and whiten teeth.
- Gargle or brush with apple cider vinegar
It has been proven that apple cider vinegar can also remove stains and whiten teeth. You will need to do this consistently to see results, but also be careful, because vinegar is an acid and can remove the enamel on your teeth. We recommend brushing with regular toothpaste after using apple cider vinegar to protect your teeth.
- Eat foods like apples, celery, and broccoli
These foods will help to remove stains by exfoliating the teeth before the stains can form.
While there are many teeth-straightening options out there, Invisalign offers many conveniences and advantages that others cannot. While regular braces have been the go-to option for many years, anyone who remembers their childhood with braces will recall the cons that come with them. Unlike regular braces, Invisalign allows you to not only eat whatever foods you would like, but you can remove the device as needed. For example, if you are about to give a presentation in front of your colleagues, and would feel more comfortable without the retainers in, simply remove them. It’s as easy as that! Also, compared to the sharp metal of regular braces, Invisalign uses comfortable plastic that helps ease the discomfort that often comes with traditional braces on your teeth.
Some others opt for veneers to achieve that perfect smile. While veneers are a great option for some, veneers are designed to simply cover up the imperfections, compared to Invisalign, which fixes the problematic areas. If you are on the fence about whether veneers or Invisalign is the right option for you, be sure to consult with our dentists, and we will be sure to help in making the right decision.
Invisalign is the answer for anyone who feels like they may have missed their window as a child to get braces. If you are thinking that having braces wouldn’t fit into your life, rest easy, because Invisalign is exactly what the name implies – INVISIBLE! Enjoy straighter teeth, without disrupting your day to day life.
Let’s face it, it’s that time of year again. Pumpkin spice flavored everything, addictive candy corn, gooey caramel apples…. but it doesn’t have to be all bad news for our smiles. There’s no need to beat ourselves up for reaching inside our kids’ candy bags… check out these quick and easy do’s and dont’s for navigating the upcoming candy season:
- Be aware of what kind of candy you’re ingesting. Stick to dark chocolate instead of milk or white chocolate as it boasts a lower sugar content and leaves less “bad bacteria” traces in your mouth.
- Try sugar free options when you can (like chewing gum). Most of the time, your kid or you won’t even taste the difference!
- Have your dessert first. Despite going against everything our own mothers taught us, eating a meal right afterwards actually helps your mouth break down the sugar molecules better. By actively triggering the release of more saliva to wash down food, cavities are prevented by eroding the sources of bacteria that cause them.
- Drink a glass of water with sweets to help wash down leftover sugary particles and residue from that Snicker’s bar.
- There’s no need to spending a lot of extra money on additional teeth cleaning products. Your standard attention to oral health and regular dentist visits will see you through.
- Don’t worry if you can’t completely dodge those candy corn or Reese’s from your child’s candy bag. While we’re never going to say sugar is great for the health of your teeth and gums, you just simply need to be aware of how important it is to maintain a great oral health routine. Balance in everything!
- Don’t trust those sugary gummy bears. Don’t let those deceivingly cute and innocent things fool you. Try to avoid gummy, sticky or chewy candy, because the stickier a candy is, the worse it is for your gums and teeth. Try to avoid lollipops or caramel-type candy too, as these also invite a higher bacteria build-up in the mouth.
There’s beauty in balance in all aspects of life, including your diet. Simply be mindful of what you’re putting into your mouth and body. No need to grin and bear it any longer!