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Most of us want whiter and brighter teeth. There are a number of at-home teeth whitening products that can do the trick. Take a look at these tips to brighten your smile and keep your teeth white

Secrets to brighter and whiter teeth

author icon By Dr. George Ghidrai

Most of us want whiter and brighter teeth. Stained or discolored teeth can occur as we age, but some common foods, drinks, and medicine can stain teeth as well.

Use these small secrets to keep your teeth white or to restore the bright of your smile.

Do-it-yourself teeth whitening

You may be able to get rid of superficial stains by yourself. There are a number of at-home teeth whitening products that can do the trick: strips, kits, toothpaste, and rinses or even some old-fashioned remedies.

However, for deeper stains, you should need your dentist help.

Professional teeth whitening

Teeth whitening is the most common procedure in cosmetic dentistry. You should approach professional whitening with caution if you have lots of dental work such as fillings, dental veneers, crowns or bridges.

The bleaching gel will not lighten these restorations; this means they will stand out among your newly whitened natural teeth.

In order to match your new white teeth, you may need to change these restorations once the whitening procedure is completed.

Preventing teeth staining

If you want to keep the new color of your teeth for a longer period, it is wise to try to avoid staining teeth in the first place, especially after whitening.

If you take care with foods and drinks that discolor teeth, the results of whitening may last more. Moreover, whitening teeth too often could make them look translucent and blue.

Last review and update: November 2020

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