How Do I Brighten My Teeth?

People often ask our team, “How do I brighten my teeth?” There are actually multiple options available, some actually remove discoloration and others mask it, changing the appearance of your smile. In addition, routine oral care can also help you combat future teeth stains. With the right care and procedures you can obtain a brighter, more beautiful smile.

Try Our Quiz on Brightening Teeth

  1. True or False: Routine oral care can reduce the severity of stains.
  2. True or False: The doctor may recommend teeth whitening.
  3. True or False: A cleaning can help your smile stay bright.
  4. True or False: You can mask stains with dental veneers.

Answer Key

  1. True. Do you brush and floss daily? If so, you can help decrease the severity of future teeth stains. While this is not enough to completely stop plaque buildup, you can help your smile stay brighter for longer periods compared to not brushing or flossing.
  2. True. If you have surface stains or minor intrinsic stains (discoloration below the enamel) then the doctor may discuss KoR Deep Bleaching. After an initial office treatment, patients return home with a set of trays and a bleaching gel. They wear the gel-filled trays each day for the amount of time the doctor recommends. After about two weeks they return to the office for a final treatment.
  3. True. A cleaning is the only way to completely remove plaque, which can increase the appearance of discoloration. We recommend having the doctor or hygienist clean your teeth at least twice a year.
  4. True. If you have severe teeth stains that won’t respond to over-the-counter or even professional teeth whitening then the doctor may suggest veneers. Placed over the front of the teeth, porcelain veneers look natural and mask a number of esthetic issues, such as teeth stains.