Bleaching is an excellent option if you're looking to beautify your smile by whitening stained, yellowed teeth. But more preferable is avoiding stained teeth to begin with.
Cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Greenhalgh is happy to help if you require a procedure. But we want to help you avoid the need for such a procedure in the first place. This page will provide you with some useful information on how you can keep your teeth beautiful.
Of course, we recognize that you can do everything right and still end up in need of a cosmetic dentistry procedure. Should that be the case, you know you can trust Dr. Greenhalgh's decades of experience.
Keeping Your Teeth Healthy and Beautiful
A certain level of tooth discoloration is a natural product of day-to-day life. It's essentially impossible to keep your teeth completely, naturally white. Everything you eat or drink has some effect on your tooth enamel.
This doesn't mean that your cause is hopeless, however. There is, after all, a wide gulf between "completely white" and "unacceptably stained." With some basic strategies you can retain a bright, photogenic smile.
You can protect your tooth enamel by:
- First, practice sound dental hygiene. Food and beverage residue will ravage your tooth enamel if left untouched. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily.
- Don't smoke. If you do smoke, quit. This is excellent advice in general, of course, but smoking can utterly devastate your teeth and leave them yellowed and unattractive. Don't give it a chance to do that to your teeth.
- Certain foods and drinks, including wine, soda and blueberries, can do a number on your enamel. You don't have to eliminate these entirely, but try to limit your consumption.
- It sounds basic, but drink with a straw. This minimizes contact between the liquid and your tooth enamel.
- Finally, make sure you see your dentist at least once every six months. The dentist has the ability to address anything you missed, while reaching parts of your mouth you are unable to reach.
These steps don't guarantee perfect teeth. But they will go a long way toward protecting your enamel from staining and discoloration.
If you live in the Denver, Colorado area and you have questions about tooth whitening, our cosmetic dentist can help. Please contact Scott Greenhalgh, DDS online or call 303-988-9060 today for a consultation.