Posted .

Your smile is one of the first things people will notice about you. A healthy, clean white smile will not only make a good impression on others, it will give you a feeling of confidence, and will boost your self esteem. But how do you get, and for that matter keep a sparkling smile?

If you take a walk down the aisles of a grocery or drug store or a retail outlet, you will see that the shelves are full of gels,strips,kits and other treatments that claim to give you a gleaming grin. And there are toothpastes and mouthwashes that contain ingredients formulated to remove
the stains from your smile. Some of these products may be very effective while others may not live up to their claims. And not every whitening product is right for every mouth. Before you make any changes to your dental regimen, it is a good idea to have our dentist, Dr. Nitya Balan give you an examination, and to discuss your plans with her. At Discovery Park Dental, our in-office treatment is safe and effective, takes less than an hour, and has immediate results. In addition to our treatment, we can give you a kit to take home with you to maintain your new look.

Besides using your home kit, you should remember that there are things you do every day that can dim your smile. If you smoke or use tobacco, now is the perfect time to quit. Tobacco will stain your teeth brown, and nicotine will turn them yellow. You may be aware that red wine can stain your teeth, but did you know that white wine, which has a higher acid content can also darken your teeth? Coffee, tea, and dark colored soft drinks can discolor your smile over time. Tomatoes, with their dark red coloring and high levels of acid can stain your teeth, so you should enjoy them as part of a salad. Berries make a good snack and an even better dessert, but you should follow them with plenty of water to keep them from staining your teeth.

Leafy green vegetables can leave a protective film over your teeth that will help repel food stains. Hard cheeses contain calcium and help to scrub your teeth. Crunchy fruits and vegetables will also clean your teeth, and their high water content will keep your mouth hydrated. Drinking plenty of water is also key for clean teeth and a healthy mouth.

Of course, the best ways to maintain healthy, white teeth are to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss once a day, and to see your dentist for your routine cleanings and exams. If you are interested in whitening your teeth, and you live in the Cedar Park, Texas, area, call 512.260.8330 today to make an appointment with us!