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Winning Grins – 5 Ways to Get Whiter, Brighter Teeth.

April 30, 2019 by  
Filed under Health & Wellness, Opinion, Weekly Columns

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( Good smiles are on the rise. In a world of social media full of pictures and filters, a bright white smile has incredible power. It lights up your face, creating a signal of happiness and youth while instantly communicating that you have good hygiene. All of these things combine to naturally boost your self-confidence each and every time you take your new teeth out for a cheeky smile. If you want a winning grin, consider these five ideas to help improve that smile.

  • Get Professional Help

There are some instances where even the most potent tooth whitener can’t help. Perhaps you took a medication that stained your teeth. Or maybe you got the flu when you were young, and your tooth enamel was developing. In either case, even professional whitening won’t help, and the only way to achieve the brighter smile you desire is through composite veneers. If your teeth didn’t experience any of these issues, your dentist could bleach them to an incredible shade of white over lunch.

  1. Try Tooth Bleaching Kits

If you decide to opt out of the professional teeth whitening arena to take a DIY approach at home, stores are full of options for your whiter smile. Keep in mind though, not all kits are created the same. Some may have solutions that aggravate your gums, others may require that you have custom trays made to use them. A dentist’s perspective is incredibly useful in making the right selection. If you elect to whiten your teeth at home, your best results will occur after a professional cleaning when all tartar and plaque has been removed.

  1. Beware of Stains

Guilty pleasure substances such as coffee, red wine, and tobacco can wreak havoc on your teeth. A few moments of enjoyment can create stains that mar your naturally glorious shade of white. Other things to be aware of are sports drinks, carbonated beverages of any color, berries, tea, balsamic vinegar, and tomato sauce. If you eat or drink any of the above and find yourself without access to a toothbrush, try rinsing your mouth with water to help avoid adverse side effects.

  1. Avoid Natural Remedies

The web is rich with websites promising home remedies for naturally whiter teeth. Proceed with caution as some home remedies may do more damage than good. Charcoal, for example, can wear down your teeth. Lemon juice can eat away at your enamel. Before you try any “natural” home remedies, make sure research thoroughly, looking for negative results as well as positive ones.

  1. Drink Lots of Water

Drinking water is the lowest cost tooth whitening procedure that exists. The more water you drink, the stronger you make your teeth. Water also helps wash away all the stuff that hangs out in your mouth after you eat while keeping it full of tooth-protecting saliva. An added bonus is that drinking a lot of water is not only good for your teeth, but for your body as well!

If you want a bright, white smile that you are proud to showcase on social media, you have a lot of options. You can employ the help of a professional to have your teeth whitened, or get composite veneers. If you would rather avoid the dentist, there are plenty of tooth whitening kits you can try at home. If you decide to try natural remedies, be sure to do your research before attempting them. Finally, if you want to keep it easy and low cost, simply avoid food and drink that can cause stains and drink a lot of water.

Staff Writer; Sherry Jones

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