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What Can I Do If I Have Yellow Teeth?
Smiling is a way to communicate happiness and approval. But some people who are dissatisfied with the color of their teeth will avoid showing their smiles by covering their mouths. If you have found yourself hiding your joy from others because you do not want to reveal your yellow or stained teeth, you may be asking, “What can I do if I have yellow teeth?” There are several treatment options to brighten your teeth giving you a reason to show the world your joy and your sparkling, white smile.
Teeth can be stained by the things you eat and drink, and even certain habits, like smoking, can also affect the pearly whiteness of your teeth. There are several options for brightening your smile that differ in price, length of treatment, and lasting appearance. Knowing your options to freshen up your smile will help you decide on the perfect treatment.
There are many different methods for whitening teeth that vary in length of treatment, cost, and length of results.
- Whitening Strips: These over-the-counter whitening strips are used for 30 minutes, twice a day for a few weeks depending on the number of strips.
- Tray Whitening: Your dentist will first take an impression of your teeth and then fit your teeth into the custom-made whitening trays at a follow-up appointment. Depending on the color you want, the trays may be worn twice a day for 30 minutes at a time or even overnight.
- In-office whitening treatments: This procedure allows you to walk in, sit down, and leave with an immediately noticeable whiter smile. You do not have to worry about reading directions or watching a timer. But how long do in-office whitening treatments last? Though results vary from person to person, most in-office whitening treatments last between 1 and 3 years.
- Porcelain Veneers: They are an excellent option for people who have broken, cracked, short, misshapen teeth, as well as, severely stained teeth from medications like tetracycline. Porcelain veneers are thin and are attached to the front of the tooth, concealing imperfections and giving you a perfect smile for up to 20 years.
Keeping your teeth bright
Following your dentist’s instructions for good oral health care will help your teeth stay bright for a longer period of time. Good habits like brushing twice a day, flossing every day and as needed, and using a therapeutic mouthwash will keep your teeth gleaming year after year.
Avoiding certain staining drinks and habits will also keep your teeth looking their best.
Staining drinks/habits include:
- Red wine
- Chewing tobacco
Instead of hiding your teeth, greet the world with a big, beautiful, bright smile without worrying about the color of your teeth. Ask your dentist about whitening treatments such as laser whitening or getting fitted for whitening trays. If you live in Wheeling or Lake in the Hills, IL, schedule an appointment with Aristo Dental today!