Are you hoping to look your best this Valentine’s Day? Then you might be wondering how to whiten your teeth—and fast! Here are a few of the quickest ways you can get a sparkling white smile in time for your date night.
1. Schedule an in-office whitening treatment.
An in-office whitening treatment is certainly going to give you the most dramatic results in the shortest amount of time. With just a one-hour appointment, you can completely transform the appearance of your smile! We’ll first perform a thorough teeth cleaning to remove the buildup of plaque and debris from your enamel. Then, we will apply a professional whitening solution to the surface of your teeth. Using a laser or heat lamp, we will activate your whitening gel to make your teeth look up to eight shades whiter!
2. Hold off on candy (and other staining foods)!
You may be tempted to purchase some of that Valentine’s Day candy ahead of time—hold off! Eating sugary sweets can lead to tooth decay and leave your tooth vulnerable to stains from your other foods. You may also want to avoid other staining agents like coffee, tea, wine, sports drinks, and sauces like curry and tomato sauce. Stick to foods that are naturally great for your teeth instead like leafy greens, dairy products, and fibrous fruits and vegetables. Of course, you should also be sure to drink plenty of water over sugary sodas and sports drinks!
3. Try an electric toothbrush.
One of the best ways to prevent and remove stains from your teeth is by maintaining a solid dental hygiene routine. To amplify your oral healthcare regimen even further, you might consider swapping out your manual toothbrush for an electric one! Electric toothbrushes can help to remove extrinsic stains by scrubbing 2,500-8,000 strokes per minute! This is significant considering a manual toothbrush typically only allows you to brush around 300 strokes per minute.
4. Quit smoking.
After scheduling an in-office whitening treatment, quitting the use of tobacco products is one of the most significant ways you can transform your smile—and your oral health! Cigarettes contain nicotine, which turns yellow after it comes into contact with oxygen, and tar, which can turn your teeth a brownish-black color. These two harmful substances imbed into the nooks and crannies of your dental enamel and can be very difficult to remove. Smoking can also make you more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease, both of which impact the appearance of your teeth as well as your overall health. Therefore, quitting smoking can both transform your smile and your quality of life!
5. Schedule a dentist appointment.
A healthy smile is a beautiful smile. To get your teeth in good shape for your big date, consider going in for a simple check-up! You’ll receive a thorough teeth cleaning and oral health exam that will rejuvenate your smile in no time at all!
To schedule your appointment or book your in-office teeth whitening treatment, call Anew Dental & Orthodontics in Plainfield today!