What Can I Do To Make My Teeth More White?
There are few, if any, features more important to your physical appearance than your smile. A good smile is like a magnet that draws people to you, even if they have never met you or spoken to you. A bad smile, on the other hand, can send potential friends, dates, and business partners running for the hills. And nothing can ruin a smile like yellow teeth.
As a single male, I can recount plenty of occasions where a seemingly attractive female has caught my eye. Everything checks out good on the initial size-up: nice body, attractive facial features, well-proportioned. But when I approach her with a smile, she returns it and reveals a bright yellow grill. Next!
To ensure that yellow teeth never drag down your overall appearance (and they will), here are a few steps you should take.
Might as well start with something obvious that you are hopefully doing already. Gently brushing with a soft toothbrush removes plaque and tartar, two of the most notorious yellowing agents, from the surface of your teeth. It only takes 24 hours for a plaque buildup to form, and ones it forms, it starts to solidify, making it very difficult to remove, even with subsequent brushing. So make sure you brush morning and night to avoid yellow teeth and don’t skip a day, no matter how tired you are.
Dark beverages cause yellow teeth by staining the surface, nullifying other efforts you may be taking to keep them white. Substitute these drinks with alternatives that are light-colored or clear such as water, milk, ginger ale, or Sprite. If you’re like me and can’t function before noon without a kick-start from Folgers, keep a toothbrush in your desk at work and give yourself a light brushing after you’ve drained your cup to combat the yellow teeth your coffee is trying to give you.
First of all, it can kill you. But if that isn’t a good enough reason, it can also make you less attractive by giving you yellow teeth. Some of the tar you suck in when you take a drag from a cigarette settles on the surface of your teeth, and I can promise you that it doesn’t have a bright white tint. Go tell a joke and elicit a smile from a longtime smoker who isn’t a celebrity that can afford to pay millions for dental work. You will see a mouthful of yellow teeth, I guarantee.
Strips and trays containing whitening gel can be great weapons in the fight against yellow teeth, provided you don’t think of them as substitutes for standard dental care such as brushing and flossing, and you don’t overuse them. I use whitening trays twice per year, usually the week following my bi-annual dental appointment. Combined with the other efforts I take to keep my teeth white, such as the ones listed above, this is plenty to keep my teeth white and sparkling.