We all enjoy bright smiles, however, our daily habits and other factors often lead to brown or yellow discoloration to form on our teeth. Fortunately, we offer different options to brighten smiles for our Smithville, MO, patients. How do we brighten teeth, and what actions can we take to keep our smiles bright and avoid serious discoloration?

Professional Teeth Whitening

With professional teeth whitening, we target and erase stains from your teeth. While you can purchase strips, rinses, and toothpastes that offer whitening, the results are rarely as dramatic and simply don’t last as long. You may also be likely to develop tooth sensitivity when using certain whitening products. In addition, toothpastes that offer brighter smiles often contain abrasive agents, which could inadvertently damage enamel and put your oral health at risk. If you have discoloration and want a brighter smile, simply give us a call to discuss our professional treatment options.

Better Diets and Homecare

Following your treatment, you can take a few simple steps to help your smile stay brighter for longer, reducing the severity of future teeth stains. First, understand that drinks with dark pigments may lead to stains, so cut back on coffee, soda, red wine, and tea. Sugary foods and drinks promote plaque buildup, which makes discoloration more apparent. A healthier diet, with water instead of soda or energy drinks and fresh fruit and vegetables in lieu of sugary and starchy snacks, could improve your smile’s brightness.

You also need to care for your smile with routine brushing and flossing. Not only do these actions help limit the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, but they also limit the impact of discoloration. You should brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes, using a toothbrush with soft bristles and a toothpaste that contains fluoride. We also recommend flossing every night before bed.

Cleanings and More

You should make time to see us every six months, as routine cleaning involves removing plaque from the teeth, which helps brighten your teeth. In addition, remember that if you have intrinsic stains, also known as permanent teeth stains, we can help. These stains don’t form on the surface like most, instead they occur beneath the tooth enamel and may be difficult to remove with over-the-counter solutions or even professional teeth whitening. However, using dental bonding, porcelain veneers, or a combination of the two, we can help mask the discoloration and improve smile beauty.


At Bailey Dental Care, we employ cosmetic dentistry to help you achieve a brighter smile. To learn more about our whitening treatments and cosmetic restorations, then please schedule a consultation, call Bailey Dental Care in Smithville, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.