Much like a Kid Rock song, summer has arrived in Michigan. There are so many opportunities to have fun this season. You could take a trip to an amusement park, have a summer barbecue, or simply frolic in the park.

But no matter what you do, the cameras are likely to come out and capture these memories. When you see your significant other pull out their iPhone for a photo, are you willing to show your teeth and smile? Or do your yellow and stained teeth make you embarrassed to smile?

If you want whiter teeth, we can help at the office of Plymouth Dentistry in Plymouth, MI. In fact, we’re going to use today’s post of our dental health blog to look at six options you have for whitening your teeth. Let’s get started!

Option #1: Give Up Smoking

If you smoke or use other tobacco products, you’ve probably noticed that cigarettes can leave a nasty yellow stain on your fingertips. But you you might not realize that the chemicals in the cigarettes or other tobacco products are staining your teeth. Every cigarette you smoke leaves behind an unsightly yellow stain on your teeth. If you smoke and want a whiter smile, talk to a medical professional about your smoking cessation options.

Option #2: Drink Less Wine

It probably goes without saying that red wine can stain your teeth. The natural dyes from the grape skins stain your teeth in much the same way they would stain your hands. But white wine can also do a number on your teeth. The natural sugars in both red and white attract plaque and staining bacteria to your teeth. If you’re a wine drinker and you want a whiter smile, try thoroughly rinsing your mouth out with water after you enjoy a glass.

Option #3: Make Some Changes to Your Diet

Your diet can also have a big impact on the whiteness of your smile. Sugary foods such as candy attract a great deal of plaque to your teeth. Plaque is yellow and acidic, so it not only stains your teeth — it also increases your risk for cavities. Starchy foods such as white bread also break down into plaque-attracting sugars when you chew them. However, increasing your intake of fiber can be a healthy step for your smile. High-fiber foods generate more saliva when you chew them, helping to wash plaque off your teeth.

Option #4: Undergo Professional Teeth Whitening at Our Office

This option is certainly the easiest option on the list. With just one 30-minute appointment, we can significantly whiten your teeth. We use the Sapphire Whitening system at our comfortable and modern office. Undergoing this cosmetic dentistry procedure is quick and painless. We begin by applying special hydrogen peroxide whitening gel to your teeth. Then we activate the gel with advanced laser technology. That’s it! You’ll have a much whiter smile by the time you leave your appointment.

Option #5: Choose a Professional Teeth Whitening Take-Home Kit

We also offer a professional teeth whitening option that you can do in the comfort of your own home. We start by taking impressions of your teeth and use them to create customized whitening trays for your smile. Then you just use the customized trays in conjunction with professional-strength whitening gel. The customized whitening trays offer greater protection to your teeth and gums, preventing the irritation and sensitivity that can occur with the use of over-the-counter teeth whitening options. Best of all, the trays lock out saliva so your teeth whiten much faster!

Option #6: Join Our Whitening for Life Program

At Plymouth Dentistry in Plymouth, MI, we want all of our patients to enjoy a bright, white smile for their entire lives. Because teeth whitening products can often be expensive, we’ve created a special teeth whitening program to help our patients save time and money. As long as you’re a regular patient who stays current on your account and undergoes biannual dental exams and teeth cleanings, we’ll provide you with customized whitening trays and whitening gel at no cost! As long as you remain a patient, we’ll provide more whitening gel every six months.

Are you ready to whiten your smile? You could make a lot of hard changes to your diet and lifestyle. Or you could also undergo professional teeth whitening at our our Plymouth, MI office. To learn more, call our office at (734) 224-4359 or schedule an appointment online.