Back to School with a Bright Smile: Teeth Whitening Tips

Teeth whitening is one of the easiest ways to improve your smile. It can boost your smile and help you feel confident when you're at your best! Teeth whitening before you go back to school can be an excellent way to start your school year off right. Here are some tips for achieving a whiter smile and removing tough stains.

Avoid At-Home Whitening

It can seem like a great way to save a little money by trying whitening strips, toothpaste, or mouthwashes, but it's important to know that these can actually be a waste of money. Not only do they not produce noticeable results, but they can be harmful to your smile. Using whitening products incorrectly can induce sensitivity or even wear down your enamel with abrasive ingredients. It's always best to consult your dentist if you want to try at-home whitening to make sure you can keep your smile healthy.

Adust Your Diet

You can easily prevent stains from forming on your teeth by eating more fruits and vegetables, such as apples and carrots, which have natural bleaching agents. Additionally, avoid staining foods and drinks like coffee, black tea, dark sodas, or red wine. If you do enjoy these beverages, have them in moderation or use a straw to drink them. Try to avoid sipping them throughout the day and instead have them over a shorter period of time.

Brush Your Teeth After - But Not Too Soon

It's best to brush your teeth one hour after having a staining drink like coffee. That's because if you brush too soon, you're more likely to brush the stains into your enamel and make them harder to remove. Additionally, if you wait too long after drinking, it can give the stains time to set in.

Brush Regularly

Dentists recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush and gently brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day. You can actually prevent stains by ensuring plaque doesn't build up on the surface of your teeth, which can lead to greater sensitivity and discoloration. And don't forget to see your dentist regularly for a deep cleaning!

Try Professional Whitening

If you want the most transformative, worthwhile whitening results, then seeing your dentist is the first step. Professional whitening can be done safely and effectively at your dentist's office to ensure your smile remains healthy and radiant. At UNO DENTAL, we offer Zoom Teeth Whitening right in our San Francisco office.

Schedule an Appointment

The best way to learn more about maintaining a healthy and radiant smile is by meeting with our team. To get started, contact UNO DENTAL by calling or filling out our online form.

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