Get a brighter smile
Adults’ teeth are normally pale grey or yellow, not bright white, and often these shades slowly deepen over time as our enamel thins, revealing the less-white layer of dentin beneath it. Plus, the things we eat and drink every day—like coffee, grape juice and even soy sauce—can leave stains behind.
A dazzlingly bright smile may not be natural (remember Ross’s adventure with teeth whitening on Friends?), but that hasn’t stopped Americans from wanting one. And today, there are many whitening products available from your dentist or drugstore. Here’s what to keep in mind before you try them: