In a study done by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, people were asked what they would most want to improve about their smile. Their answer? Whiter and brighter teeth. Is that your answer too? If so, we can help!
It’s no secret that yellow teeth can cause you to feel insecure about your smile and affect your overall confidence. That’s why so many are turning to us for treatment.
Our team of dedicated professionals at Higgins Dental in Jacksonville, Florida, led by Marcus Higgins, DMD, and Linda White, DMD, offers the highest level of superior care to transform your smile with Zoom™ whitening treatments. Taking your teeth from yellow to white will have you smiling nonstop with a big boost of self-esteem.
Before we talk about your treatment, you should know how your teeth can turn yellow.
Causes of yellowing teeth
Various factors can contribute to your teeth turning yellow that include:
- Drinking dark beverages, such as tea, coffee, red wine
- Eating fruits that stain, such as blueberries
- Certain medications
- Trauma to your mouth
- Poor hygiene
Your teeth can turn yellow as you age, as well, due to your teeth’s enamel wearing down. This causes your dentin to be exposed, which is yellow in color.
How to change your teeth from yellow to white
When you come in to see us, we provide our in-office Zoom whitening treatment, which far exceeds the whitening power of the bleaching strips you can get at the drugstore. We also personalize your procedure to get your teeth to the shade you desire.
If you prefer an at-home whitening kit or would like one in addition, we create custom trays that match the shape of your teeth and bite perfectly to ensure you get the exact coverage when applying the gel.
In addition to our professional treatments, we encourage you to continue to take care of your teeth at home with simple remedies that include:
Coconut oil pulling
Simply put a teaspoon or two of coconut oil in your mouth and swish it around for 10-20 minutes to get rid of bacteria and remove plaque. It also helps whiten your teeth and keep them white. To avoid clogging your sink, be sure to spit the remains into your trash can.
Apple cider vinegar
For a bleaching effect, combine a few teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with water and swirl it in your mouth for 30 seconds, spit it out, and brush your teeth. Don’t use it as a mouthwash longer than the recommended time because overuse can hurt the surface of your teeth.
You can use a toothpaste that contains activated charcoal to help remove stains from your teeth. You can also simply break open a capsule of activated charcoal and put it on your toothbrush for brushing. This treatment can keep your teeth white and clean, getting rid of toxins and bacteria.
You can also brush your teeth twice a day with a toothpaste that contains baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. When you continue these practices and avoid the things that can cause your teeth to yellow, you can maintain your beautiful, white smile longer.
If you’re ready to brighten your smile, call our office or request your appointment online today. We look forward to whitening your teeth!