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Teeth Stains and what to do about it

Aug 20, 2008
Smiles are the first thing people focus on when meeting a person. A healthy friendly smile will give off a great impression, but a dull yellow one will probably leave a less than positive impression. Cosmetic whitening is an important factor for many women and men in the 21st century. Whitening is a way to have a better first impression, and look more beautiful over all.

Teeth whitening methods are expanding every day. There are some that are much more beneficial than others, and some you should never try. Bleaching probably isn't the best way to go, because it can really damage the surface of your teeth, and irritate your gums. Bleach, hydrogen peroxide, strips, trays, and whitening toothpastes are all available to make your smile whiter. Overuse will damage teeth in the long run, however.

White teeth are beneficial, especially if you have a career that relies on you smiling and talking to people. White smiles are more desirable than a yellowish smile would be. If you want dramatic results, a dentists office can provide that within an hour, or you can use a take home kit that takes 1 hour or longer for a more economical price. Over the counter treatments are even more economical, but are also not as long lasting.

Enamel stains occur deep in the enamel, and is caused by many different factors. Smokers generally have a dark yellow to brown color on their teeth, and black residue builds behind them. Chronic coffee addicts will notice a slightly yellowish tint, and soda drinks will notice dull and yellowish teeth as well. After whitening it is crucial to maintain your new white smile, by following specific instructions given by your doctor.

Keeping your smile bright is almost as fun as getting your teeth pulled. It requires a lot of restrictions from dark foods and liquids, not to mention a completely new oral hygiene regimen. Many doctors recommend toothpaste with peroxide and baking soda, and enamel brightening mouthwashes. In about a week you should be able to bring those things back into your diet, but your results will last longer if you avoid them all together.

Closing Comments

Overall, whitening your teeth is a great way to update your look, and keep your smile looking healthy. Risks and side effects are few and far between, but are still possible. They include having sensitivity temporarily, irritation, and different shaded teeth. This shouldn't stop you from trying to achieve the perfect white smile, because the end result is so worth it!
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