Dental Implants: Stains, Whitenings and Other Considerations
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Dental Implants: Stains, Whitenings and Other Considerations

Dental implants can make a smile look fabulous – I know I have them. However, if you are just thinking about getting them, you may have a lot of questions. You may be wondering how smoking affects implants, whether or not wine will stain them, if they can be whitened or other concerns. I also know from experience that it can be intimidating to ask some of these questions to your dentist. In my dental implant blog, I am going to answer the questions that can be hard to ask. I hope you find the info you need in this blog and that it guides you to the right decision about dental implants. Thanks for reading!

Dental Implants: Stains, Whitenings and Other Considerations

Will an Electric Toothbrush Make Your Teeth Whiter?

Isobel Berry

If you currently use a manual toothbrush, then your dentist may recommend that you switch to using an electric model instead. While your dentist's recommendation may well be based on boosting your overall cleaning abilities, electric toothbrushes may have other useful effects. For example, some people believe that their teeth look whiter after using an electric toothbrush. How well do electric toothbrushes work in teeth whitening terms?

Better Brushing Gives a More Effective Clean

Using an electric toothbrush to clean your teeth may give you more oomph for less effort. Electric toothbrushes are designed to take over most of the brushing burden from you—you just guide the brush around your mouth, and it cleans your teeth more thoroughly than you might manage with a manual toothbrush. Plus, electric toothbrushes make it easier to brush your teeth for the recommended amount of time of two minutes per brushing session. Most models come with alerts that tell you how long to brush for. Getting a more thorough clean for the right amount of time may help keep your teeth cleaner; clean teeth may well look a little whiter.

Effective Cleaning Reduces Staining

As you get older, staining on your teeth may make them look less white than you're comfortable with. For example, if you drink a lot of staining drinks (like coffee or red wine) or regularly eat coloured foods (like curries or tomato sauces), then you may find that your teeth start to pick up colour stains that affect their whiteness. Smoking is also a major culprit here.

If an electric toothbrush helps you clean your teeth more effectively, then you may notice a reduction in some staining. If you can get stains off, your teeth will look whiter. At the very least, the more thorough clean you'll get with an electric brush will help you prevent more stains from appearing on your teeth.

While electric toothbrushes may help you make your smile a little whiter, they are not likely to give you the same results that you could get with professional teeth whitening treatments. An electric toothbrush could be enough if you simply want to get your teeth looking cleaner and less stained; if you're looking for more significant whitening, then you may need to take a different route. So, if an electric toothbrush doesn't deliver the results you want, then talk to your dentist about other whitening options and how much they could change the colour of your teeth.