What’s in a smile? The answer: More than you think. You’ll be happier, appear more trustworthy, and have less stress.
These are all great reasons to smile and do so more often.
There are, however, several reasons why people don’t smile. The most common is they have crooked or stained teeth. People use whitening toothpaste daily and don’t see the results they hope for.
If you love to smile and laugh but you’re ashamed of what’s in your mouth, keep reading. We’re going to talk about what needs to happen to next level your mouth so you have a smile that you can smile about.
And no, the whitening toothpaste isn’t going to cut it.
How Did This Happen?
To a degree, part of this answer is simple. When you were a kid, you either didn’t visit the dentist often or you had bad oral habits, such as thumbsucking.
Another cause, and even more unfortunate, is bad teeth are hereditary. If your parents and grandparents had crooked teeth, you’re likely to have the same issues.
Now you’re an adult. Now is the time to fix the problem. Before you concern yourself with whitening, you should get your chompers straight.
While braces are unattractive, they do work. There are also alternative solutions for adults. You can research these independently and speak with an orthodontist or dentist to find out if they will work for you.
How Did My Teeth Get Ugly?
Bad oral hygiene has been linked to several health concerns. Your bad habits aren’t just costing you a smile, they’re providing a breeding ground for bacterial infections, heart disease, and stroke.
Similar to having crooked teeth, being prone to other oral problems are also hereditary. What you can’t blame on genetics is a lifetime of smoking cigarettes, drinking coffee and soda, as well as many other poor habits that are ruining your teeth.
- Brushing too hard is wearing away the enamel of your teeth
- Sugar is making them rot away
- Tobacco products are staining your teeth and damaging gums
- You use your teeth as a tool for opening things, chew your nails, etc…
If you want to turn that frown upside down, you’ll need to do more than getting braces and brushing with whitening toothpaste.
Whitening Toothpaste – Does It Even Work?
The short answer is yes. Unfortunately, they don’t work very well.
Whitening toothpaste works by using abrasive ingredients to scrub away surface stains. These are immediate stains caused by coffee and tobacco.
However, if you’ve been a long time user of these products, the stains likely go deeper than just the surface, so these products won’t work very well.
This is a chemical agent found in whitening toothpaste that gives the illusion of a whiter smile and is found in some brands of whitening toothpaste.
As the name implies, this is a “blueing” agent. Blue, essentially, is the opposite of yellow. These blueing dyes don’t remove the stains from your teeth, they just hide them from the naked eye.
If you’re fine with that kind of outcome, it’s ok. However, the overall goal is to not just give the illusion of a better smile, but for what’s behind it to be just as genuine as the smile itself.
So yes, whitening toothpaste does work. It uses an abrasive and/or blueing agent to remove surface stains and hide the deeper stains left behind.
For the perfect smile, let’s take a look at what you can do on the short and long terms and we’ll also give an overview of other products that can help you whiten immediately.
Starting With the Nitty Gritty
If you aren’t brushing your teeth twice a day and visiting the dentist twice a year, you’re doing it wrong. If you want to put your best foot (or tooth) forward, it’s time to adopt a proper oral hygiene routine.
1. Brush ’em Twice
The most important time is right before bed. The second time can be whenever you want. Most people prefer before they leave home for the day or as soon as they wake up.
As easy as it is to skip that last tooth cleaning of the day, it’s not in your best self-interest. Think about everything you put your mouth through over the course of an entire day.
The food, chewing on your nails, beverages, the sugary condiments on your food. The list goes on near infinitely. If you think that evening glass of wine won’t hurt, you’re mistaken. The wine can not only stain but the sweet elements in it can lead to decay.
2. Floss or Waterpik
Flossing should be done daily. Here’s a quick guide on exactly how to do it:
- Cut off about a foot and a half of floss
- Wrap your fingers around each end and gently lower between teeth
- Avoid damaging your gums by following the natural curvature of your teeth
- Make sure to hit the teeth at the back of your mouth
- Move the floss around in your hands – Don’t use the same soiled piece for your whole mouth
This device is also known as a water flosser. It works in a similar way. The difference is it uses a constant flow of water.
If you aren’t used to flossing, then invest in a Waterpik with an adjustable pressure dial. The stream is quite powerful and if turned up to high will cause bleeding of your gums.
Start with pressure that’s less intense and work your way up over time. As far as how to use it, you’ll follow a similar path that you would use with regular flossing.
Rinse your mouth for 30-40 seconds and then spit it out. If you’re not into the chemicals and the taste of traditional versions, you can always make your own.
Your tongue needs just as much love as your teeth and gums. You can clean it with your toothbrush using some toothpaste and brushing in a circular motion. You can also use floss to scrape your tongue.
4. Eat a Healthy Diet
The amount of sugar you eat doesn’t matter as far as oral health. What matters is how often you consume these foods and beverages. Every time you eat or drink something sugary, your teeth will be under constant attack from the acids for around an hour.
If you drink six sodas a day, that’s six hours your teeth are being assaulted. To help counteract these effects, drink plenty of water after consuming them.
On the other hand eating a balanced and nutritious diet will help protect your teeth and gums. Here’s a list of what’s great and here’s a list of what’s hurting your efforts. Vegetables are nature’s whitening toothpaste.
The Best Whitening Products
So we’ve gone over why your teeth are in rough shape and some ways to get it fixed and lifestyle choices to keep your smile pretty and healthy.
But what about the here and the now?
We’re glad you asked. Here are some products, none of which are whitening toothpaste, that can help make a difference.
Our innovative whitening kit is based on our whitening gel, which contains 35% peroxide, which has been used by dentists as a bleaching agent for over a century.
We couple our gel with a high-powered LED light which accelerates the whitening process.
Have a hot date? Check out our teeth whitening pen, which is perfect for quick applications.
Teeth whitening strips are one of the most popular options. They are usually a polyethylene strip coated with a bleaching agent.
Always, when using these products, follow the directions on the box. Some strips need to be removed after a certain period of time.
Remember wearing a retainer as a teen? This is similar. Like the strips, it contains a bleaching agent you’ll wear in your mouth for a set period of time.
Some mouthwashes now contain bleaching agents to help whiten your teeth.
What About Activated Charcoal
This is an all-natural product that’s been getting a lot of press over the last few years. But does it work?
Actually…yes it does. The charcoal itself is slightly abrasive and highly absorbent. Basically, it yoinks the stains and toxins right off of your teeth and out of your mouth.
Wrapping It Up
Just reading today’s post is a step in the right direction. If you’re tired of being ashamed of your teeth, not getting dates, not doing well at job interviews, and you think your smile or teeth are to blame, then let’s fix it!
Here at Smile Supply Company, we’ve got plenty of reasons to show off our pearly whites.
We have an amazing product that will whiten your teeth and if you keep up with the above tips and oral hygiene routine, it will stay that way forever. Feel free to keep using your whitening toothpaste, but it’s no longer necessary.
If you’re inspired by today’s post, order one of our products today! Give yourself a reason to smile.