In today's appearance-focused world, having visible stains on your teeth can put a damper on your smile, making you feel self-conscious every time you open your mouth. A variety of factors can cause staining. To enjoy flashing your pearly whites again, consider trying one of the many stain-removing, at-home and professional treatments available.
Apply an adhesive whitening strip to your teeth, which typically contains peroxide-based gel. Keep it on for the amount of time indicated on the instructions provided with the product. Most strips should be worn for several minutes daily.
Use an at-home whitening kit to lighten stains. These kits contain a gel that users either: 1) brush onto their teeth; or 2) place inside retainer-like trays, then fit the trays onto their upper and lower teeth. The results provided by these bleaching-type kits often are more visible than those produced with the less expensive whitening adhesive strips.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day with whitening toothpaste. This toothpaste treats teeth with polishing agents. Choose a toothpaste that lists baking soda, fluoride and peroxide as ingredients.
Schedule regular check-ups and cleaning appointments with your dentist, which can help prevent new stains from forming.
Schedule a professional whitening procedure if the stains on your teeth do not respond to at-home treatments. Chairside bleaching involves applying peroxide gel to the teeth for several time intervals that add up to about one hour. Other treatments include the fitting of porcelain veneers, which is recommended for patients who have severely stained and damaged teeth. Your dentist will assist you with selecting the treatment most suitable for you.
Minimise use of cigarettes, which contributes to the development of teeth stains, as well as intake of dark beverages like coffee and tea.
Tips and warnings
- Minimise use of cigarettes, which contributes to the development of teeth stains, as well as intake of dark beverages like coffee and tea.