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How To Make My Eyes Whiter
Depends : Red eyes can be from inflammation from chronic allergies, dry eye syndrome, blepharitis (minor infection of the eyelid margin), meibomianitis (blocked ducts on eyelid margin, and from benign vascular growths on the conjunctiva called pinguecula (can grow into the cornea then called a pterygium). You need the right diagnosis to get the treatment to get rid of red eyes. You need an eye exam. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on cause: If you are eyes have gotten bigger because of thyroid disease, there are medications and or surgeries to make them smaller. If you eyes are naturally larger, then we recommend no surgery but if someone is really bothered by their appearance they can see an ophthalmic plastic surgeon or a plastic surgeon for evaluation. ...Read more
Only temporary: Eyeball color, the whites of the eyes, are a combination of the white background overlain with blood vessels and interspersed with pigment some of which accumulates with age. There is a racial underpinning as well. You cannot change the pigment but can temporarily diminish the redness with drops that "get the red out" which can help with photography. ...Read more
Indirectly: Eyes are considered a part of the personality. If your eyes are blue to begin with, and you have an outgoing, warm relationship to others, they will attribute that in part to your bright blue eyes. There are contacts which can enhance eye coloration and if your eyes are red, or squinty, that will make the blue seem less obvious. ...Read more
Zoom or Home Trays: There are multiple ways to whiten your teeth. The most popular way is the in-office Zoom whitening, which can whiten teeth up to 8 shades in about one hour. The second option is to have custom whitening trays made for you and use bleaching gel at home on your own time. The downsides to this is that you must be consistent with whitening every day for a few weeks to show much improvement. ...Read more
General health: This is a very generic question. Usually this is an indicator of general health status in that, things like fatigue and poor health, can give you these appearances. You may want to have a good physical exam as a starter. Ask you famiy doctor if he has any ideas after the exam and lab work. Some types of eye drops for glaucoma can cause this in addition to Latisse (bimatoprost) used to make eyelashes grow. ...Read more
Depends: Teeth are naturally yellow due to the dentin layer underneath the translucent white enamel. Teeth get whiter with good hygiene if they are stained to begin with. If your teeth are clean and you are brushing and flossing regularly, there is not much else you can do. You can prevent your teeth from getting darker by avoiding acidic foods and liquids from sitting on your teeth for long periods. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
1st find cause: For some people, the whites of their eyes really aren't white. For others, liver disease can bring about scleral icterus of yellowing of eyes (similar to jaundiced skin tone). So it's best for you to see your Family Doc to determine cause. Perhaps you have a pterygium or growth on conjunctiva in which case Ophthalmologist would need to evaluate for removal if blocks visual field. ...Read more
Teeth whitening: The place to start is by seeing your dentist and find out what the options are. There are several options used to lighten teeth and the system chooses depends on the initial health of your teet, how much change you want and how soon you want it done. If you are a smoker you need to stop. Decrease coffee, tea and red wine. ...Read more
Cosmetics: In general avoid chemicals that lighten the skin. Lighter cosmetic products and darker eyebrows can give a brighter effect to your face. So, consulting with a beautician may be helpful. Beware of "easy and quick" suggestions. ...Read more
Clean and lubricate: Red eyes can be caused by uv / wind exposure, irritation, dryness and many other factors. The easily controllable ones include uv sunglasses, lid scrubs, and artificial tears - avoid long term use of vaso-constricting 'visine' type drops which can actually worsen the problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why would you?: If you have an occasional redness you can use over the counter vasoconstrictors with or without antihistamine. But maximum use is once or twice a day. Using them more often causes a rebound vasculitis, a redness that is hard to treat. If you have chronic red eyes you should see an ophthalmologist for proper diagnosis. ...Read more
Whiter teeth: The most effective way to whiten teeth is the system offered by your dentist. This may consist of in-office or at home whitening, or a combination of the two. Before you begin, to be most effective, you should have any needed restorative treatment completed on the teeth to be whitened. Once the whitening is completed you may need to replace fillings due to color differences. ...Read more
Whiten/Other methods: 1) meticulous oral hygiene: floss well once daily ; brush after each meal 3x daily. 2) regular hygiene visit: visit dentist regularly as prescribed. 3) professional whitening: professional whitening is the safest, most economical way to whiten in a long-run. 4) other methods: if your own teeth do not get bright enough with above, either veneers or crowns may be your choice. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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