The Bright Smiles Guide

Every day, your teeth grind and tear the food you eat, filter the beverages you sip, and fight off the harmful bacteria that cling to them. Even if you strive to keep your teeth clean and healthy, they can lose their sparkle and pearly white color over time. Darkly-pigmented foods and drinks are more notorious than others for staining your teeth, but refraining from them won’t guarantee that your smile will remain stain-free. However, you can prolong your bright smile’s appearance with the right combination of good hygiene and healthy eating. If your teeth are already stained, Dr. Wright can brighten your smile with your choice of professional teeth whitening treatments.

Start with Hygiene

  • The molecules that give food its color, called chromogens, cling to your tooth enamel more easily when the enamel is weakened. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once helps control the population of bacteria in your mouth, which produce acids that directly attack your tooth enamel.
  • Control the amount of times you snack throughout the day. Every time you eat, your teeth are subjected to staining chromogens. Excessive snacking will also feed the bacteria that produce acid, increasing your risk of cavities as well as teeth stains.
  • Removing every speck of bacteria plaque every time you brush and floss is virtually impossible. To keep mouth germs under control and the attacks against your teeth manageable, attend a dental exam and cleaning at least once every six months. Our experienced hygienist will carefully remove plaque, tartar, and minor stains from your teeth with a comprehensive cleaning. Dr. Wright can recommend an appropriate treatment, like teeth whitening, if your teeth are significantly stained.

Ask About Professional Whitening

Zoom! whitening is one of the most popular professional teeth whitening systems today, and it allows us to brighten your smile up to 10 shades in just a single visit. The in-office procedure lasts about an hour, during which Dr. Wright will spread the whitening gel evenly over your teeth after covering your lips and gums. After the gel is applied, a curing light will stimulate the agent to penetrate underneath tooth enamel and erase stubborn surface stains. Dr. Wright may also suggest a take-home kit with custom-designed whitening trays so you can apply the whitening agent at home. After your Zoom! whitening treatment, the take-home kit will allow you to maintain your smile’s brightness in the future with touchups from home.

About Your Southlake Dentist:        

As a native Texan, Dr. Gregory Wright opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He is happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Wright, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.