Cosmetic Dentistry |3 min read

Three Ways to Achieve a Brighter Smile

No matter where you go, a friendly smile is regarded as a beautiful sight. Your smile can express and say many things ranging from your feelings to a friendly greeting.

The average American links a beautiful smile to physical attractiveness, so it makes sense that we all want a bright, healthy smile.

When you look in the mirror are you happy with the smile you see or are you tired of having dull, stained teeth looking back at you?

If you’re not satisfied with your smile, there are simple tips and tricks you can use to brighten your teeth, bringing you closer to the beautiful smile you’ve always desired.

1. Take your dental hygiene routine seriously

Everyone knows that brushing and flossing are the cornerstones of good dental hygiene. In fact, any dentist in Cedar Rapids or Hiawatha will tell you that. So why do we sometimes skip these steps in our self-care routine? If you’re looking to improve your smile, you can’t afford to skip brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day.

For brushing to be effective, you need to do it for at least two minutes. You can brush your teeth longer if you prefer, but two minutes is enough to remove surface stains and food particles clinging to your teeth. Always remember that bacteria will feed on the food pieces trapped between your teeth, so brushing is critical.

When done every day, flossing helps prevent plaque from building up in the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth. Due to the shape of the human mouth, plaque is usually missed during brushing. Flossing will help keep plaque from calcifying into tartar that causes cavities and gum diseases.

2. Tackle stains quickly

Just like your carpet or your upholstery, the faster you respond to stains, the less likely they are to stay. Foods such as coffee, tea, marinara sauce, and red wine contain tannins and polyphenols, which stick to the surface of your teeth in less than an hour.

Your family dentist will tell you that you don’t have to eliminate these foods from your diet if you don’t want to, but brushing shortly after consuming them will help keep your smile whiter.

Stains become harder to prevent the longer plaque stays on your teeth. Get your toothbrush out as soon as you’ve eaten culprit foods to keep your smile bright.

3. Speak to your dentist

If you’ve tried taming stains on your own and you’re not seeing the results you want, speak to your family dentist about whitening options. You should never feel like your whitening resistant smile is hopeless – you may even be able to do your teeth whitening treatments at home!

Speak to your dentist about KöR and Zoom teeth whitening options. KöR is ideal for patients who have resistant stains on their teeth and have tried other whitening methods that didn’t work. These whitening sessions usually take between 60 and 90-minute sessions.

Zoom Teeth Whitening is a method with a full range of options and meets you where you currently are. It’s pain-free, safe, and sustainable, which is why many dentists suggest it for their patients. Zoom sessions last between 90 and 120 minutes, making them a little longer than the KöR treatments.

Dental Arts Dr. Deb Cassill specializes in general dentistry for the whole family and would love the opportunity to care for your smile. We take pride in serving patients in the Cedar Rapids and Hiawatha communities and want you to be happy with your smile.

Whether you’re seeking whitening treatments or you need general dentistry care, give us a call today to set up an appointment. We’re always accepting new patients.

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