YOUR GUIDE TO ACHIEVING A WHITER SMILE

Everyone wants to have a beautiful white smile, and why not! Your smile is the focal point of your face and is the first thing that others notice. A beautiful white smile makes you look and feel more attractive, radiant and confident. Everyone remembers a beautiful white smile!

Important steps before starting teeth whitening:

  • A  thorough dental examination to ensure that you have a healthy mouth and are a suitable candidate for teeth whitening.
  • Removal of dietary stains with a scale and polish from your dentist. An air polisher may be used, particularly for stubborn stains.
  • Use an electric toothbrush combined with a whitening toothpaste.
  • Try to avoid food and drink that stain your teeth and do not smoke.
If, after following the steps above you are still not happy with how white your teeth are, then professional teeth whitening is the answer.

There are two main options; teeth whitening strips and tray whitening systems – or a combination of the two.

Professional teeth whitening products contain peroxide which is an ingredient which physically whitens the colour of teeth by oxidising stains.

There are no shortcuts to achieving a whiter smile. Staining on your teeth has built-up over many years and so the only way to safely and effectively lighten the shade of your teeth is to use a peroxide based product which gradually breaks the stains down.

Whitening that is done slowly and steadily will also create longer-lasting results, especially when used with maintenance products such as whitening toothpastes and electric toothbrushes.

Recommended brushing routine for maintaining a healthy white smile – in three simple steps – Floss + Wash + Brush

Floss

This is essential to remove plaque and food debris from between your teeth and gums.

No matter how well you brush and even if you use an electric toothbrush there will still be plaque trapped between your teeth which flossing or other interdental products remove.

Flossing also helps to prevent stains from building up between your teeth which are difficult to remove even with a professional clean.

Wash

Using a mouthwash helps to wash away the food debris which was trapped between your teeth and also kills bacteria that can cause bad breath.

Certain mouthwashes also contain special ingredients to help whiten your teeth at the same time.

Brush

Finally brush your teeth and gums with an everyday use whitening toothpaste.  Ideally with an electric toothbrush that has a 2-minute timer to ensure that you brush for the correct time period.

This helps to remove plaque from your teeth and gums, reducing the risk of caries and gum disease whilst at the same time helping to remove surface stains and so keeping your teeth white.

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