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In most parts of the world, teeth are considered to be good-looking if they are white. Unfortunately, there are so many things that could stand in the way of a person having white teeth. For some of us, it is exposure to an excess of the mineral known as fluorine when we are very young that leads to what can often turn out to be a lifelong, and quite severe, teeth discoloration problem. For others, it is factors like smoking, or just the ordinary teeth discoloration that tends to occur with passage of time, which leaves us with teeth that are not as white as we would like them to be.
It is from such a background, then, that we have tended to see people being willing to go to considerable lengths, in their quest to have whiter teeth. This is not just about vanity, because we also happen to be living in an extremely image conscious society - and the color of your teeth is one of the image factors put into consideration under this scheme of things. People come to learn very early on that having the right variety of a charming smile can actually open doors, and that one of the factors that go into the making of such a proper smile is the color of one's teeth.
Some of the more radical things do, in a bid to have their teeth whitened include bleaching them or veneering them. These steps, if properly carried out, can give a person brilliant white teeth - whatever the initial condition of their teeth. The only problem with these procedures is that they cost considerable sums of money. It is therefore usually some time before one can have enough money to finance them (as most of them fall into the domain of 'cosmetic dentistry,' which happens to be one of the costliest specialties in dentistry).
Unknown to many people, though, is the fact that a good choice of a toothpaste is one of the things they can do towards their attainment of the whiter teeth their desire.
Of course, how much help a toothpaste turns out to be, on the path towards the attainment of brilliant white teeth, depends on the extent of teeth discoloration we are looking at. Where we are looking at teeth discoloration that is caused by factors like smoking or the simple passage of time (and where the person in question started out with relatively white teeth), it is very possible to restore them to that state with the right toothpaste. But even where the problem is much more severe (like where the teeth discoloration is as a result of overexposure to fluorine during ones childhood), a good toothpaste can at least mitigate it.
What one needs to do is to select toothpaste that contains ingredients aimed at whitening the teeth (usually abrasives, such as powder-form mica). What such toothpaste is likely to do is polish the teeth, to leave them with that much desired glitter, or at least something like it. There are certain toothpaste brands that are usually marketed on the platform of being 'teeth whitening toothpastes' and contrary to what many of us imagine, that is not just a marketing gimmick. Many of them actually contain specialized ingredients aimed at teeth whitening, and these are products you can use to eliminate, or at least mitigate, the teeth discoloration problem.