Your teeth can be one of your best assets if they are even and white. A bright open smile is said to be the best adornment a person can have. You should therefore do all you can to keep your teeth clean and gleaming white. Dark and discolored teeth make you look older, which is a very compelling reason to try and whiten them.
The best way to take care of your teeth is very simply to keep them as clean as possible. That you have to brush your teeth at least twice a day seems to be common knowledge, but you will be surprised at how many people ignore this fundamental thing. Teeth that are not well cleaned have a greater tendency to get discolored.
Certain habits like smoking cigarettes or drinking lots of tea and coffee can also discolor your teeth. You have to quit these habits at once if you want to prevent staining of your teeth. Teeth also become yellowed with age.
Your dentist should be able to help you get white teeth. They can offer you a whole range of treatments that will vary in cost and effectiveness. At the very least your dentist will clean your teeth and remove any superficial dirt and stains. If there are any deeper rooted stains, your dentist may offer you a treatment course that involves bleaching your teeth. If nothing else works and you are very insistent on getting white teeth, you could always opt for veneers. These are a very invasive technique and cost quite a bit, but you will have very white teeth that never will darken with age or due to any other reason.
You don't necessarily have to go to a dentist to brighten your teeth because you can try out some home remedies that can give you very good results. Your teeth will certainly not whiten to the level of veneers, but they will be better than before and will look more natural on your face.
You could try brushing your teeth with whitening toothpastes once in a while. A good home remedy is to mix a bit of baking powder with your usual toothpaste and brush your teeth with it. The taste will certainly not be to your liking but you don't have to do this often.
A more natural way of making teeth lighter is mashing a ripe strawberry on them. Strawberries contain Malic Acid which is a natural teeth whitener. You could increase the effectiveness of the strawberry by mixing some baking powder in it. Take care to not swallow the baking powder mixture, and do not use these home made bleaches more than once a week. They have the ability to corrode the tooth enamel if used too often.
It would be far easier for you to keep your teeth white and clean by avoiding any habits that cause them to get discolored. Eat a lot of uncooked fruits and vegetables, because they are effective at cleaning your teeth naturally and keeping them sparkling.