You have that big event just a few months away and there will be cameras everywhere. Maybe it’s your wedding day, you’ll be wearing a white dress and the last thing you’ll want is a smile full of yellow teeth. With more and more whitening treatments available and accessible each day, there seem to be fewer reasons to hesitate.

There are a few teeth whitening tips to keep in mind, though, before you attempt an at-home or in-office whitening treatment, including the differences between one and the other. Most dental professionals agree that, regardless of what method you choose, the starting point should always be the same. “The first step in deciding whether or not to whiten teeth should always be a proper dental examination—with x-ray pictures—to determine the cause of the tooth discoloration,” says Dr. Van B. Haywood.

Before you know for sure why your teeth have lost their dazzling whiteness, it may be difficult to tell which treatment is right for you. Here are some teeth whitening tips and things to discuss with your dentist.


1. Lifestyle
Consider which habits and behaviors you exhibit contribute to the discoloration of your teeth and stop now. If you drink a lot of coffee or smoke it contributes to the problem. If you keep doing it, even the whitest teeth won’t stay that way.