We all want to have that perfect and bright smile that we admire so much of our favorite TV or movie stars. It may interest you to know that there are surprisingly a multitude of things that you can do, at home, to not only have better dental health but also to prepare your teeth for a whitening treatment, as well as things you can do to keep your smile bright once you've finished a treatment.
Teeth can be stained and discolored from any number of reasons. Food and drink are the most likely culprits of a change in your teeth color, but you can also get stains from a long dose of prescription drugs or a heavy addiction to smoking, alcohol or any number of controlled substances.
They stain your teeth in much the same way that they stain our clothes. When you consume a substance that has color or is pigmented and it comes into contact with the enamel of your teeth, there is a chance that it will stick to the natural crevices on the outside of the teeth. Things such as wine, heavily colored vegetables, candy and a multitude of other things all have the potential to stain your teeth.
All is not lost if you enjoy these foods and drinks, though. Just as it is possible to keep a stain from setting in your clothes by taking the proper precautions to treat the stain, the same thinking can be applied to your teeth. If you immediately go to brush your teeth not long after the food or drink has been consumed, then it will not cause a long-lasting stain, if at all.
However, the longer the stain substance remains on your teeth, the deeper it will go, the more it will stain and the harder that it will be to remove and whiten. Teeth have an incredibly porous surface that the stains can get into, making your teeth seem discolored. If the stain is left for an extremely long time then it becomes almost impossible to remove using normal or conventional brushing. This is the point where you will have to seek professional teeth whitening sessions that are, most always, more expensive than the home whitening systems you can get over the counter or at the grocery store.
No matter the level of stain on your teeth, there will be a teeth whitening system that is good for you and your budget. The deciding factor of your chosen system will, most likely, be the amount of time that you want to spend whitening your teeth. The more expensive the method, the quicker the stains will be broken down. However, studies show that the same professional-grade look that more expensive treatments will give you will be identical to the effect you will get using a less expensive process over a longer period of time.