Do you hate how stained your teeth have become over the years? In fact, do the stains make you wish you could hide your teeth when out on the town, or even when posing for silly photos with family or friends? After years of exposure to food and drinks, many people notice their teeth looking yellow, grey or otherwise discolored. Tobacco use can also lead to deeply discolored teeth. Fortunately, there are a number of ways a dentist could help to lighten your smile. There are also several ways you could help prevent further staining in the future.
Limit Those Dark, Staining Beverages
If you love a good cup of coffee, tea, soda or red wine, your teeth are more vulnerable to staining than those who only drink water on a daily basis. In fact, the more of these beverages you drink regularly, the more likely you are to notice deep discoloration. That is because all of these beverages can cause erosion of the teeth’s porous enamel, as well as noticeable discoloration.
Drink More Water, and Brush and Floss Daily
Drinking more water can help to mitigate staining and to protect the smile, by helping to prevent acidic plaque buildup. That said, you will still need to brush and floss your teeth each day to properly protect against cavities and other dental problems, which can lead to visible discoloration.
Consider Professional Teeth Whitening for Brighter Teeth
If your teeth are already several shades darker than you would like, it could be time to consider professional teeth whitening. Professional teeth whitening is able to drastically lighten the smile, often by up to eight shades, in relatively little time. So if you are looking for dramatic results, professional whitening through a cosmetic dentist is a great option!
In Need of Dental Treatment?
Dental treatment can help to protect and beautify the smile. If you are in need of dental treatment, call Stephens and Gatewood Dentistry on Cypresswood Drive at 281-320-2000. Located in Spring, TX, we also proudly serve the residents of Houston, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress, and all surrounding communities.