There are so many ways to whiten your teeth nowadays that it can be overwhelming to know where to start. In this blog, we will give you some of our top tips. Having white teeth ensures that you always feel confident enough to smile. While we may take smiling for granted, it is actually quite unique to humans and is one of the most central aspects of body language.

Do dentists do teeth whitening?

At Gisborne Family Dental, we deliver quality, comprehensive dentistry with the utmost integrity and respect for our patients. This includes in-depth teeth whitening services, including custom-fitted whitening trays and gentle and effective professional-grade whitening gels. 

Yellow teeth aren’t necessarily a sign of bad oral hygiene, as some may think, and it’s a sad fact that this condition leads to low self-esteem for many. Most discolouration and stains on teeth are caused by smoking, coffee, and tea; however, even with regular brushing, teeth simply discolour over time and may require the attention of a professional. 

We’ve collated our top tips to help you make your teeth whiter at home in this article.

How to Make Your Teeth Whiter

Brush your teeth regularly

If you ask any dentist the no.1 thing they would recommend for teeth health and whitening, it would be to brush your teeth regularly. At least twice a day, or better yet, after each meal.

However, be cautious when you brush your teeth after consuming acidic food or drink, as acidity softens enamel (hard outer coating of your teeth). After consuming these beverages, you can damage an already weakened enamel if you brush too soon. At Gisborne Family Dental, we recommend waiting at least 30 minutes after eating to brush your teeth. If you’re pressed for time, try swilling your mouth out thoroughly with water, milk, mouthwash, or another solution with a neutral PH before brushing. 

To get the best bang for your buck from your toothpaste, be sure to choose a teeth whitening toothpaste from a proven brand. This will guarantee the best results. 

If you smoke, stop

If you smoke, you’re probably sick of people always telling you to stop, but in regards to white teeth, it is one of the worst habits you can take up. Smoking causes your teeth to decay, turns the white colour to yellow, and even leads to tooth loss (amongst other factors). One of the reasons for this is that tobacco will cause bacteria to build up in your teeth and mouth, leading to discolouration and even bad breath. 

Eat a healthy diet without too much added sugar

A healthy diet low in added sugar is crucial to maintaining optimal health for your teeth and body. This ensures you get enough of the right vitamins and minerals to keep your teeth strong and healthy and helps you avoid the damaging effects of refined sugar on your teeth. Optimal health starts here. 

Teeth-whitening trays

Teeth whitening trays are among the best and most proven ways to whiten your teeth at home. Teeth whitening trays are filled with a teeth-whitening gel and then placed in your mouth for about 45 minutes. 

At Gisborne Family Dental, we offer all the best teeth whitening services and can mould and design a teeth whitening tray that will get you flashing your high beams in no time. 

Teeth-whitening strips

Teeth-whitening strips are loaded with proven ingredients and whitening formulations that deliver great results quickly. They are an excellent option for those wanting to whiten their teeth without purchasing separate trays and whitening gels. Although all whitening strip products include instructions, be sure to read them thoroughly before starting treatment.

See your dentist 

If you really want to get your teeth whitened, the best option is to see your dentist. Dentists are experts in all aspects of teeth health and whitening, and at Gisborne Family Dental, we can provide you with the best advice and whitening treatments to get your pearly whites back to where you want them to be. 

We make custom-fitted whitening trays and kits and equip you with gentle and effective professional-grade whitening gels. This is the safest and most sustainable way of whitening your teeth, especially for long term stains that may be a little more stubborn.

A teeth whitening kit contains custom-made whitening trays and tubes of whitening gel. We take moulds of your upper and lower teeth to construct custom-fit trays. These trays allow a greater concentration of whitening agent to be held on your teeth whilst minimising wastage, ingestion and overflow onto the gums.

After examining your teeth, our dentists will tailor a teeth whitening regime for you to achieve the best results in the shortest time possible.

Your family dentist in Gisborne

After graduating from Melbourne University, we were fortunate enough to have worked under great mentors who were, first and foremost, good people. So as well as consolidating and refining our skills, we learnt the importance of running an ethical business where integrity and kindness go a long way.

Working for many years in Castlemaine and Ballarat, we felt the fulfilment of working in a close-knit community and knew that we wanted to set up our own practice somewhere with the same beautiful vibe.

We saw that there was still a considerable stigma associated with dentistry. We were sad that so many of the patients we met for the first time told us, ‘ I hate going to the dentist!’.

Our vision was to eliminate the stigma and design a dental practice where every thought went into creating positive patient experiences. We drew on our happy places for inspiration during the construction phase of our clinic – think your cosy living room, light-filled cafes, and the ambience of a day spa.

We handpicked a team of caring and empathetic souls who are simply amazing at what they do. We invested in great technology to provide the best for our patients.

And voila, Gisborne Family Dental was born.

If you are after the best teeth whitening services in the Gisborne area, then contact Gisborne Family Dental today