Many people want to maximize their attractiveness, but they may omit one of the most important aspects of a first impression—their smile. Here are a few things that you can do to help ensure that your teeth are not off-putting:
Get rid of the yellow.
A white, gleaming smile is often considered more desirable than a mouth filled with yellow, discolored teeth. Still, many people with beautiful white teeth have used whitening products to get rid of dental staining.
When you drink or eat, your teeth are exposed to the pigments that are responsible for the colors of the substances that you consume. Food and drink that have deeper colors often have concentrated pigments that discolor the teeth. Tooth enamel has pores that can absorb colorants. The trapped pigments build up over time and cause dental discoloration. Nevertheless, there are many different ways to whiten your teeth. Here are a few of them:
Natural substances, such as hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, or turmeric, can be applied to the teeth to whiten them. Baking soda and turmeric can be mixed with water to form a paste and applied to the teeth with a toothbrush. Peroxide should be diluted with an equal amount of water to prepare a natural whitening rinse.
If you prefer commercially prepared products, you can select a whitening kit from a local drugstore. The kit should come with detailed instructions about its use. Keep in mind that over-the-counter kits often require longer use than professional products to achieve the desired results.
Dental Office Whitening
The whitening at a local dental office is performed by a trained professional and generally produces the fastest results.
Straighten crooked teeth.
Teeth that are misaligned can make a smile look uneven. There are multiple corrective options for people who have a dental misalignment:
Braces are the most traditional manner of straightening the teeth, but nowadays, they are available with a variety of discreet options, such as ceramic or lingual braces. Ceramic braces appear clear against the teeth because the brackets are white like tooth enamel. Lingual braces are applied to the surface of the teeth that lies next to the tongue.
Plastic aligner, which are rigid plastic mouth trays, can also straighten the teeth. The aligners are clear and removable, so they are both discreet and convenient.
To learn more ways to improve the look of your teeth, schedule an appointment with a dentist in your area.