Written by Gaby

How can I make my teeth whiter?

Now matter how gladly I'd tell you you can turn your teeth brilliantly white again, I'll have to break it to you. You can't really whiten your teeth yourself. What you can do is remove surface stains from your teeth. How you do this? I'll tell you.

How do stains on your teeth appear?

Stains on teeth

Discoloration of your teeth is also known as stains. There are 2 types of stain: intrinsic stains and extrinsic stains. You can't do very much about intrinsic stains. That's because the degree to which your teeth change color is genetic. But: extrinsic stains are external influences. Think, for example, of drinks like coke, coffee, red wine, or sour foods, like citrus fruits. Certain medication and smoking cigarettes will also significantly discolor your teeth.

What to do against extrinsic stains?

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First, and not matter how cliched this sounds, preventing dental stains is better than curing them. Make sure to do the following:

  • Brush twice a day using an electric toothbrush
  • Use a toothpick or flosser to clean between your teeth
  • Dial down on sweet drinks and don't eat too many sour foods
  • Stop smoking

What if you're too late to prevent it?

Whitening brush mode
  • Electric toothbrush with whitening mode In whitening mode, the brush head will make polishing movements which, combined with quality whitening toothpaste, will scrape the stains from your teeth surface.
  • Brush attachments for whiter teeth Brush attachments for whiter teeth consist of extra elements to scrape the stains off your teeth. Think, for example, of bristles that are extra closely together, or a polishing cup. Keep in mind that, if you use this type of brush attachment on a daily basis, you can damage your dental enamel.

What about bleaching teeth?

Bleaching teeth

The most effective way to whiten teeth is by bleaching them. This is a procedure your dentist can perform for you. We don't recommend products to bleach your teeth at home.

Want to know more? Ask your dentist.

If you suffer from dental stains and want more information, consult your dentist. Your dentist can answer all your questions and advise you on possible treatment.

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