We all like to smile. Most of us find our teeth aren’t as white as they used to be and we may not smile that much. Caffeine, fizzy drinks, black tea, red wine, coffee and smoking can take their toll on your gleaming smile.


Aging, along with and some prescription drugs such as tetracycline antibiotics, can also dull the color of your teeth. There’s not much you can do about that in the way of home treatments. Your dentist can certainly work wonders these days.


To get back that sparkle, ask a dentist to recommend the best over-the-counter whitening product best suited to your teeth. Remember that yellowish teeth, which have changed colour because of beverages or smoking, usually lighten well. Your teeth may have a brownish or greyish tint from taking antibiotics at a young age. In this case commercial whiteners may not help.

The budget-friendly teeth whiteners usually contain hydrogen peroxide. In addition they come in the forms of gel or paste. The paste is applied to the teeth. The process can take a period of days or weeks.

A more expensive way to lighten teeth is to have a dental treatment. This is the most effective treatment. This treatment usually uses higher levels of chemicals in the controlled environment of your dentist’s rooms. If all else fails, you may want to consider porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are manufactured in a dentist laboratory. The cost is more substantial but a big advantage here is that you can choose sparkling white “new teeth”. The new teeth will last you for the rest of your life! It’s vital that you choose a reputable dentist, though. If possible, talk with another of his patient’s and take a good look at their results before putting yourself through a big procedure and a big expense.


In conclusion if you find it difficult to smile because your teeth are no longer white there is help available. This ranges from over the counter teeth whiteners to professional help from dentists.

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