5 Tips for a Bright Smile

Cosmetic dentistry can give you a bold, brilliant, unforgettable smile. But what can you do, day to day, to keep your smile sensational? These 5 tips will hold stains at bay so that you look young and vibrant for years to come.

  • Don’t Eat staining foods.
    Blueberries, wines, teas, coffees, and other dark foods can penetrate porous tooth enamel and leave teeth looking dark or dingy.
  • Eat foods that boost brightness.
    Strawberries have some mild teeth-whitening properties, and green tea is actually good for your teeth. Cheese can create an oily barrier against staining foods and beverages. Next time you’re offered wine with cheese, your answer should be, “Yes, please.”
  • Brush your teeth twice a day.
    If your teeth seem prone to staining, use whitening toothpaste with baking soda. The mildly abrasive formula may be effective against some tooth discoloration. Regardless of the type of toothpaste you use, always brush in the morning and before bed – and rinse with water after snacks.
  • Don’t Smoke or use tobacco.
    Smoking or chewing tobacco of any form will stain teeth. There’s simply no way around it!
  • Whiten your teeth with professional bleaching, bonding, or veneers.
    If your tooth stains linger, you might need professional teeth whitening. Dr. DeFinnis offers in-office and take-home whitening systems. Both will significantly reduce, or even eliminate, most tooth enamel stains. Sometimes, stains from tetracycline medications or fluorosis are resistant to prescription whitening. In these situations, Dr. DeFinnis may recommend composite bonding or porcelain veneers to permanently whiten your teeth.

Studies show, a gorgeous smile will make you seem more friendly and intelligent. As a result, you’ll feel more confident. Don’t let your smile bring you down. To discuss cosmetic dentistry or teeth whitening with Dr. DeFinnis, call 570-763-4360 today.

Located in Trucksville, PA, Back Mountain Dental serves patients from Wilkes Barre, Scranton, and surrounding towns.

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