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What is the Best Way to Improve Yellow Teeth?

By Amy Hunter
Updated May 21, 2024
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There are a variety of ways that you can treat yellow teeth to improve your smile. The extent to which you can whiten your smile depends a great deal on the basic color of your teeth. Some people have naturally white teeth, while other people’s teeth have an ivory or gray undertone. Regardless of the natural color of your teeth, it is possible for nearly anyone to improve the look of their smile.

The first step to improving the look of yellow teeth is to begin the whitening process. If a trip to the dentist is not possible, choose one of the many home whitening kits available. Tooth whitening can often make teeth more sensitive. To prevent this, try rinsing your mouth with milk of magnesia several times each day. This coats the teeth with a protective barrier that reduces sensitivity without interfering with the effectiveness of the whitening gel.

Whitening toothpastes only penetrate so far into the teeth. To get the best results from tooth whitening, use toothpaste with abrasive materials as part of their ingredients. This removes many of the surface stains and allows the whitening gel to work on tougher stains.

To most effectively treat yellow teeth, use the whitening gel exactly as directed on the package. Each gel has slightly different directions. Some are applied twice a day, others once. The length of time that you use the product differs from brand to brand and formula to formula. You will get the best results by following the manufacturer’s directions.

Once you invest the time and effort in treating your yellow teeth, you want to maintain that look as long as possible. There are a variety of ways to prevent yellow teeth from developing again. If it isn’t possible to brush your teeth after a meal, at least rinse your mouth out with water. Try to finish your meal with an apple. This crunchy fruit is almost as effective at cleaning your teeth as a toothbrush.

If you really want to keep your teeth looking good, avoid coffee, soft drinks and red wine. Realistically, this is not always possible. Instead, when you do indulge in these treats, follow up with a glass of water. Also, eating food while you enjoy these beverages will help prevent stains from settling on your teeth.

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Discussion Comments
By SkyWhisperer — On May 12, 2011

@everetra - -I used a yellow teeth treatment that worked a little bit. The problem, however, is that I’m a tea drinker (and a coffee drinker). I drink a lot of it. So if you don’t change your habits the problem will stay with you. I just smile with my mouth closed now.

By everetra — On May 09, 2011

I used one of those at home teeth whitening strips for some time, even though my dentist warned me to buy their kits instead. They told me that the stuff you buy in stores would take longer to work than what the dentists sold. It’s all bleach, but in different concentrations.

Either way, it wouldn’t have made any difference, because I didn’t stay on the strips long enough to notice a change. The reason is that you’re supposed to put the strips on your teeth and leave them on for 30 minutes at a time. It was very difficult for me to leave that stuff on for 30 minutes.

It melts in your mouth and you’re not supposed to talk. I wasn’t that crazy about whitening my teeth to stick with the program, although I’d love to hear from anyone else who’s tried the stuff.

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