A bright smile is often the gateway to a number of opportunities. Having a great smile projects an air of friendliness and approachability onto other people. Unfortunately for many of us, we do not like to bare our teeth when we smile.
While this may be because we have crooked teeth, the most common cause of people feeling uncomfortable with their smile is due to yellow teeth. This makes bright white teeth quite important as they can boost your confidence, make you wish to smile more, and improve your overall appearance.
So how exactly can you get rid of yellow teeth? Luckily, the number of available options have increased over the past few years, making it easier than ever before to achieve a stellar smile.
1. Whitening toothpaste
One of the first methods that you should try when getting rid of yellow teeth is to purchase a toothpaste designed specifically for the purpose of whitening your teeth.
Today, most toothpastes available on the shelves of drug stores and pharmacies will have whitening properties. However, specific toothpastes such as Colgate Optic White are much more potent when it comes to whitening. If you are already brushing regularly and still have stained yellow teeth, try one of the more potent varieties instead of any generic toothpaste.
2. Whitening mouthwash
Near to where any pharmacy would keep their toothpaste, you can find a couple rows of mouthwash. While some are, like toothpaste, generic, there are often a few that boast enhanced whitening capabilities such as Crest 3D White (in both alcohol and alcohol-free varieties). Pick up one of these to try.
Sometimes the instructions on the bottle will vary, but a good rule is to fill the cap of the bottle with a little of the mouthwash before swishing it around your mouth for 60 seconds. Do this whenever you brush your teeth, which should be at least twice per day (once in the morning, and once before bed). Additionally, you may also consider a brief rinse after eating any foods that cause yellow teeth.
3. Whitening strips
Similar to both whitening toothpaste and mouthwash, there are often teeth whitening strips on the shelves with the other dental hygiene products. Simply choose the one that best suits your needs and follow the directions on the package.
It is very important to follow these instructions as some of the ingredients in the strips may be quite harsh and if used improperly, they can cause additional damage to your enamel.
4. Au naturelle
There are also some natural remedies to try in order to get rid of yellow teeth. First, identify any potentially harmful foods or beverages. This generally includes too much candy or drinks like coffee, tea, dark sodas, and sugary fruit juices.
In moderation, these items are normally fine as a part of a healthy balanced diet. However, these food and beverages increase the chances of your teeth turning yellow. If you are looking to get rid of yellow teeth, one thing you should try is either reducing the amount consumed of these items or cut them out completely.
Furthermore, you can try making a toothpaste out of baking soda and water (or lemon juice). Use a small amount (about the size of a pea) and brush like you would with normal toothpaste. Baking soda’s properties help to whiten your teeth. Be careful however, and brushing too hard or too often with baking soda can cause damage to your enamel.
5. Break the habit
Smoking is one of the fastest ways to yellow teeth, the main culprit being tobacco. If you are a smoker, the absolute first thing that you want to do when trying to get rid of your yellow teeth is to begin the quitting process.
Regardless of the other whitening techniques that you may try, their effects (if they are successful) will not last for very long. It is very important to quit smoking before beginning the other techniques to whiten your teeth and remove the yellow stains if you’re looking for a permanent fix.
6. Call the professionals
Of course, for severe yellow teeth, you may wish to call a dentist to whiten your teeth. As trained professionals, their techniques will always whiten your teeth faster than any home remedies.
While home remedies are often effective, sometimes you may require quick results or a little bit extra help. These techniques may include light technology whitening, brightening trays, or others.
Another professional method is applying dental veneers. Dentists often use veneers for actors and actresses. However, most insurance companies classify dental veneers as cosmetic, since their only major function is to mask your yellow teeth and turn them white.
As a result, most health insurance plans will not cover the cost of dental veneers. With the cost sometimes running up to $1000 per tooth, this is a very expensive (although effective) option.
7. Keep them clean!
Now that you know about some of the whitening techniques, you are well on your way to getting rid of yellow teeth. However, your journey does not stop here. During the process as well as afterwards, you must perform daily maintenance in order to prevent your teeth from yellowing once more.
Every dentist will tell you that regularly brushing your teeth (twice a day) and flossing at least once each day is quite important to the overall health of your teeth. It prevents rotting, cavities, and other issues like toothaches.
However, engaging in these practices also helps you to maintain a bright white smile. Yellow teeth may not be detrimental to your health in some cases, but it doesn’t look too pretty to most people.
Finally, drinking lots of water helps to maintain white teeth after you get rid of the stained yellow surface. Surprising, right? Try to drink the recommended eight glasses of water each day to help your teeth.
As stated, yellow teeth often cause self-confidence problems. As long as you choose one of the options listed in this article and stick to the routine that accompanies each, your teeth will be bright white in no time at all!