Getting Your Gleam On: The Basics Of Teeth Whitening

If you have suffered the indignity of having discolored teeth and have resigned yourself to hiding your smile for the rest of your life, don’t give up hope just yet. There are actually several ways by which you can restore your teeth to their original healthy shine, and they don’t even have to cost you a lot of money.

We’re not even talking about home-based teeth whitening remedies however, nor are we talking about going into a dentist’s office for cosmetic procedures…although they can be quite effective. Besides, dentist sessions can be quite costly, and we did say that these methods wouldn’t cost you a lot of money, right?

Instead, the tips that we outline here will have you flashing those pearly whites in no time, or at least get you most of the way there. Even if you do decide that you have to resort to commercially available teeth whitening treatment procedures later on, you will have much greater chances of success when you try out these methods first. And since they will hardly cost you anything at all and are reasonably safe, there is certainly no harm in trying them out. So without further ado, we present a few tips on how to get the shiny white smile that you only see on TV.

Avoid foods and beverages that can stain your teeth and cause discoloration

Unfortunately this field is pretty heavily populated, and it is much easier to find foods that can cause your teeth to take on an unattractive yellowish hue than foods that don’t have the discoloring effect. Well-known culprits include coffee, tea, and softdrinks, but even seemingly innocuous foods such as those heavy in starch can cause your teeth to look less than pearly white. Foods that are strongly colored such as spaghetti can also cause discoloration when eaten too frequently.

Drop the smoking habit

Smoking is truly a nasty habit indeed, and its detrimental effects on health are well-documented by now. Unfortunately, many people still seem to disregard the dangers of smoking since it is so addictive. If you really need one more reason to drop the habit however, the fact that smoking can cause your teeth to turn an unsightly yellow may just convince you to quit. Of course a further benefit to this is an improvement in the smell of your breath and a generally healthier mouth all around.

Try out some home remedies

There are a number of common household items that can actually be helpful in your quest to have shiny white teeth. Among the ones most often used are baking soda, vinegar, and lemon. When brushed on the teeth regularly, these items can give you surprisingly effective results.

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