5 Steps for a Whiter, Brighter Smile

Your smile says a lot about you, so it makes sense that you want it to look its best. With more than 30 years of experience in cosmetic and family dentistry, Dr. Peter Gambertoglio recommends taking these steps to get the whiter, brighter smile that will restore your self-confidence.

1. Practice good oral hygiene

One of the simplest ways to restore a fresh, bright smile is getting back to basics by practicing good dental care. That means brushing twice a day for approximately two minutes and using the proper equipment, including a fluoride toothpaste. You can even add baking soda to your brushing regimen because this mild abrasive helps scrub away surface stains on your teeth, and it prevents bacteria from growing.

And, even if you hate it, don’t skimp on flossing. This important step ensures you remove bacteria from hard-to-reach places, which keeps your teeth and gums clean and healthy longer.

2. Watch what you drink

Teeth become discolored for several reasons, including the aging process. While you can’t control all of these factors, you can take steps to avoid items that cause external tooth staining. A few common offenders include:

If you can’t cut back on these items, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water or brush after consuming. And do you need another reason to stop smoking or chewing tobacco? They can cause significant tooth discoloration as well.

3. Get a professional cleaning

Even with the best brushing and diet, nothing beats a professional cleaning when it comes to maintaining a bright and healthy smile. 

During a professional cleaning, we not only remove plaque and tartar buildup, but we also scrub off external stains. Then, we polish them with a gritty toothpaste that gently deep cleans the surface of your teeth, leaving them freshly polished. The last step is an expert flossing session, which eliminates any remaining plaque left behind.

4. Try professional teeth whitening

If you’re looking for more dramatic solutions for tooth discoloration, Dr. Gambertoglio may recommend  Zoom!® whitening treatments. This professional bleaching system comes with an in-office or take-home option, making it easier than ever to whiten and brighten your smile. 

For immediate results, schedule an in-office Zoom! treatment where Dr. Gambertoglio can lighten your teeth up to 16 shades in a single visit. To transform your smile on your own schedule, try take-home Zoom! kits, and you can get professional results within 14 days after wearing them for 30 minutes a day.

5. Opt for veneers

Unfortunately, not all tooth discoloration is equal, but that doesn’t mean you have to learn to live with it. Unlike external stains that develop from food, poor oral hygiene, or tobacco use, intrinsic tooth staining occurs on the inside of your teeth, making it more difficult to remove. 

Common causes of intrinsic staining include:

However, even if professional teeth whitening isn’t an option, you can still get a whiter, brighter smile with veneers. This cosmetic treatment works by covering the surface of your tooth with a thin, tooth-like shell. So, even if Dr. Gambertoglio can’t whiten a discolored tooth, he can still give you the beautiful smile you crave.

Do you want a whiter, brighter smile? Contact our office in Spring, Texas, by calling 281-350-8852 or sending us a message online today.

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