When it comes to making a lasting first impression, there is nothing more important than your smile—really! According to a survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, nearly 48% of Americans believe that a smile is the most memorable feature after first meeting someone.

If you’re concerned that yellowed or stained teeth aren’t making the right impression, Dr. Jeff S. Luffey, DDS, is an Albuquerque cosmetic dentist who can help you achieve a whiter, brighter smile. Through professional teeth whitening and cosmetic dentistry, you’ll have a smile that you’re proud to show off. With a combination of good oral health habits and professional teeth whitening services, you’ll be able to achieve and maintain a beautiful, white smile.

Follow these tips for a whiter smile:

Break Bad Habits

There are many bad habits that stain your teeth. Breaking these habits will help whiten your smile. If you’re a smoker, quitting will help prevent the staining and discoloration caused by tobacco. Avoiding sugary and acidic foods that can cause plaque and bacteria to build on your teeth.

Avoid Foods That Stain Your Teeth

The foods you eat have a major impact on how white your smile looks. Foods that stain your teeth include: red wine, coffee, tea, cola, sports drinks, dark berries, dark sauces and sugary foods. If you consume these foods, swish your mouth with water after you eat. This will remove the stain-causing substances without harming the enamel of your teeth.

Get a Professional Teeth Whitening Treatment

Dr. Luffey provides professional teeth whitening services in Albuquerque, NM. Using the Sinsational Smile teeth whitening system, Dr. Luffey can whiten your teeth by 8 full shades in just 20 minutes. Teeth whitening is safe, pain-free and the results are long lasting as long as you maintain good habits.

Sometimes medications and medical treatments can discolor teeth in a way that can’t be treated by teeth whitening. So can tooth trauma and aging. If your teeth cannot be whitened through our Albuquerque teeth whitening services, we can explore other cosmetic dentistry options, such as same-day dental crowns or porcelain veneers.

Replace Old Dental Restorations

Old, deteriorating dental restorations can produce discoloration and stains. It is natural for dental crowns to experience staining over time, and metal fillings can sometimes show through tooth structure. By replacing old dental restorations, you’ll enjoy dental crowns, veneers or dental implants that look just like your natural smile.

Keep Your Smile Bright at Home

While you’re breaking bad habits, make sure you are keeping up with good oral hygiene, too. Brush at least twice per day and don’t forget to floss every night. Inadequate brushing and flossing to remove plague and stain-causing substances can cause tooth stains.

Cosmetic Dentist in Albuquerque, NM

Thinking about your options for cosmetic dentistry? You can meet with Dr. Luffey, an Albuquerque cosmetic dentist, during a consultation to see which cosmetic dental treatments are right for your teeth. To meet with Dr. Luffey, contact us online or at (505) 204-4700.

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