Coffee dates and happy hour may be the best things in our planner, but both habits can lead to dull, yellowed teeth. Dr. Steven Butensky, a cosmetic dentist and professor based in New York City, has been erasing stains and perfecting smiles for over 20 years. Here, Butensky gives his five best tips and tricks so you can kick off 2013 wearing a brighter, whiter smile.
"Stay away from coffee, red wine or black tea. If you want to keep your teeth white but can't live without them, then rinse your mouth with water immediately after drinking. Rinsing with water is an effective way to reduce any risk of discoloration."
"Tooth color is genetic; some people are born with whiter enamel. If you're not happy with the color of your teeth after various whitening treatments, ask your cosmetic dentist about veneers to make your smile brighter.
"Oral heath is key for aging teeth: drink a lot of water and limit foods with a lot of sugar and carbs. Avoid snacking since the acid will attack your teeth for up to 20 minutes if you don't brush immediately."