Teeth whitening is the most sought-after treatment in cosmetic dentistry. Whiter teeth can instantly enhance your appearance and build your self-esteem. In fact, a brighter smile can make you look years younger than you really are. Fortunately, there are some highly effective (and convenient) options in professional teeth whitening, including in-office bleaching systems that can lighten your teeth by several shades in just an hour.
Teeth whitening, however, is not a permanent solution. Over time, your teeth may revert to their darker or more yellow hue. The good news is that there are things you can do to delay this process and boost the lifespan of your teeth whitening investment.
Avoid Staining Culprits Immediately After Whitening
In the initial 48 hours after your teeth whitening appointment, you’ll need to avoid dark-colored or staining foods. If it could stain a white t-shirt, don’t introduce your new white smile to it. In general, stay away from juices, dark sauces, tea and coffee. If you can’t live without that morning cup of coffee, consider using a straw to avoid contact with your teeth.
Brush and Floss Twice a Day
Don’t dismiss the importance of oral hygiene when it comes to the appearance of your smile. Dirty teeth can sabotage your teeth whitening investment, especially has plaque begins to accumulate and coat the surfaces of your teeth. Maintain or improve your daily brushing and flossing habits if you want to maximize your teeth whitening results.
Consider Whitening Oral Hygiene Products
There are many over-the-counter toothpastes and mouthwashes that are marketed to whiten teeth. While these can’t replace the results you’ll get with a professional whitening treatment at the dentist, they can be an excellent solution to help maintain your results on a daily basis.
Ask About Whitening Touch-Ups
When properly cared for, whitened teeth can stay white for an extended period of time, but the consumption of dark foods and other habits can lead to some staining. If you only have a few areas of your smile that aren’t staying white, you can ask your dentist about touch-up treatments using a professional-grade solution. At Gilreath Family Dentistry, we offer at-home whitening treatments with custom-trays, which can be the perfect way to retain a brilliant smile all year long!
Ready to brighten your smile this spring? Gilreath Family Dentistry offers some of the most proven whitening systems in the industry. Call today to learn more about how easy it is to get whiter teeth. We will work hard to help you keep them white too!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV,