Sure, there are in-office procedures for a smile makeover and even some pretty hi-tech store-bought methods to make your smile brighter, but there are also some ways to elevate your grin that require way less time, money and effort. A few really small tweaks to your normal routine can significantly improve the look of your smile. New York cosmetic dentist Irwin Smigel, DDS shares these four tips to keep your teeth bright, white and healthy:
Avoid whitening products that list silica in the ingredients. Silica is an abrasive that scratches the debris from the tooth and presents concerns of risk in continued usage, especially on bonding, veneers, and other dental restorations. Once scratches in dental work appear, they will easily be filled by debris and much more susceptible to stain.
Snack smartly. You’ve heard that you are what you eat and whether you whiten your teeth or not, your diet affects your smile. Incorporating solid, crunchy fruits and vegetables like celery, apples and carrots into your diet will help to toughen and strengthen weak gums. Snacking on strawberries is also helpful, as they contain malic acid, which acts as a natural astringent to remove surface discoloration. Avoid these foods that harm your teeth and limit the amount of soda you drink.
Keep up your routine on-the-go. During the day you may not have a toothbrush/floss available, but there are still ways to combat smile sabotagers. During the day you should use an on-the-go whitening and breath freshening product, gum, or at the very least rinse your mouth with water after eating anything that is staining.
Use a whitening floss. Flossing is imperative to achieve healthy teeth and gums, but try kicking-up your benefits with a floss that whitens as well like Supersmile Professional Whitening Floss ($7). It actually lifts surface stains between the teeth such as coffee, tea, tobacco, red wine without harsh abrasives or the risk of sensitivity while you floss to remove harmful plaque and bacteria.
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