Wish you had a whiter healthier smile? Many of our patients are able to whiten teeth by several shades by improving their oral hygiene routines and wearing custom teeth whitening trays. Continue reading to learn the best ways to whiten teeth. For more information, schedule a consultation with one of our teeth whitening dentists to learn how to improve the appearance of your smile. Best Ways To Whiten Your Teeth Avoid Staining Foods and Drinks If you want to keep a naturally white smile, you\u2019ll want to limit certain foods and drinks. Coffee is one of the biggest culprits behind tooth discoloration. While we understand that coffee provides that much-needed boost of energy as you\u2019re trying to get out the door, it can also stain teeth over time. Even if you don\u2019t stop drinking coffee completely, you might want to cut down on how much you drink each day. Other foods that stain teeth include wine, tea, tomato sauce, and berries. Brush and Floss Daily Plaque is an invisible film of bacteria that lives on your teeth. Over time, plaque buildup can increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Hardened plaque (tartar) can also give your teeth a yellow or brown-colored tinge. One of the best ways to protect your white smile is to brush twice a day and floss once daily. Most dentists agree that you\u2019ll need to brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes at a time. If we still find plenty of plaque and tartar on your teeth, we may recommend adding a fluoride mouthwash to your oral hygiene routine. Schedule Your Teeth Cleaning Brushing and flossing your teeth at home isn\u2019t enough to fully protect oral health. You\u2019ll also need to make sure you schedule a teeth cleaning with our office to remove plaque and tartar from teeth. Only a dental professional will be able to remove tartar from teeth. If you have a lot of tartar buildup, your smile will look slightly whiter after your appointment. Your dental hygienist will use a tool called a scaler to gently scrape plaque and tartar from teeth. Get Professional Teeth Whitening Interested in teeth whitening at home? Your dentist may recommend custom teeth whitening trays to help you achieve a whiter smile. First, we\u2019ll need to take impressions of your teeth to send to the lab. When you come back for your second appointment, your teeth whitening tray will be ready. Your teeth whitening dentist may slightly adjust the fit of your tray so it fits comfortably. We also offer professional teeth whitening done in our office. Ask about Dental Crowns and Veneers Each smile is different. If you only need to improve the shade of one tooth, your dentist may recommend dental crowns or porcelain veneers. A dental crown covers the entire visible portion of your tooth above the gum line and can be placed in two appointments. However, your dentist may recommend porcelain veneers to save as much natural tooth structure as possible. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain shells we bond to the fronts of your teeth that show when you smile or talk. Our dentists will help you explore your options to determine the best way to whiten teeth. To schedule your appointment with one of our Hudsonville teeth whitening dentists, call (616) 209-4024.