January 5, 2020
Your fortieth birthday is coming up, and your friends have big plans to make your day special and fun. However, instead of feeling excited, you want to hide your smile from view. Over the last few years, you notice your teeth steadily yellowing and making you look older. You don’t have to accept this common sign of aging! Here are some ways, including teeth whitening in Kernersville, that you can turn back the clock on your smile and help you retain your youthful glow.
Brush and Floss Daily
Although daily brushing and flossing won’t remove deep-set stains, these habits help prevent new stains from developing. Make sure that you brush twice a day for two minutes each time. That way, you are sure to scrub away food debris and molecules. If you want an even more efficient clean, you can switch to an electric toothbrush, and don’t forget to floss to avoid unsightly tooth decay and gum disease.
Visit the Dentist Regularly
Every six months, you can visit your dentist for a checkup and receive a professional dental cleaning. Using professional-grade instruments, your hygienist removes stains accrued since your last appointment, eliminates plaque and tartar from your teeth, and even applies a concentrated treatment of fluoride to your teeth. These services strengthen your smile and improve their appearance at the same time!
Get Professional Whitening
Over time, teeth can lose their brilliance and fade as a result of long-term stains and the natural course of aging. To get rid of this discoloration, you’ll need something more powerful than what you find at the store. Commercial whitening solutions can maybe whiten by a couple of shades, but professional teeth whitening can brighten your smile by up to eight shades!
Avoid Staining Food and Drinks
Whether you’ve just had your teeth professionally whitened or you’re just wanting to prevent staining in general, there are drinks and food that you can avoid to preserve your white teeth. Coffee, chocolate, tomato sauce, and other deeply pigmented substances can quickly take the luster out of your smile. However, even white wine and clear sodas can wear down your tooth enamel, exposing the yellow layer of dentin underneath.
In addition to all the health concerns that smoking involves, this habit can also severely stain your teeth. It is worth taking the time and effort to end this habit so that you can see lasting results of your whitening treatments.
For your big birthday and beyond, you can have confidence in your smile again. You may not be able to get rid of all signs of aging as you grow older, but you can make sure that your teeth look radiant as you enter a new stage of life!
About the Author
After graduating from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, Dr. Zack Walker completed the Advanced Education in General Dentistry program. In recent years, he joined Dr. Veronica Walker, his mother, in her practice in Kernersville. There, they offer professional take-home whitening kits to brighten patients’ smiles by up to eight shades. If you have questions about teeth whitening, you can contact Dr. Walker by calling (336) 993-3727 or clicking here.
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