It’s nearly impossible to find an adult with naturally pure white teeth. Not only does the aging process cause our teeth to dull or yellow, but countless foods and drinks we consume can darken our smile over time. This is why professional teeth whitening is marked as the most sought-after cosmetic dentistry treatment. Teeth whitening is a safe and effective means of creating a brighter smile, and it is more affordable and quicker than placing veneers or using composite bonding on multiple teeth.
Protecting Your Teeth Whitening Investment
While professional teeth whitening is considered an easy and affordable option, it is still an investment and sacrifice of your time that needs to be protected. Teeth whitening is temporary, so taking measures to extend the lifespan of your results is important. The same factors that caused your teeth to discolor before your whitening treatment can discolor them afterwards. Here are some helpful tips to ensure you are retaining your brilliant smile for as long as possible after your professional teeth whitening treatment with your dentist:
#1 Avoid foods and sauces with deep-tinted ingredients. Turmeric, soy sauce and balsamic vinegar are some of the sneaky ingredients that sabotage your teeth whitening results. If you can’t stay away, consider eating a piece of cheese first to help coat and protect your teeth from staining ingredients.
#2 Use a straw with beverages that stain. Red wine, coffee and tea are common culprits to a dingy smile. When possible, drink these beverages through a straw to help keep liquids from touching the front surfaces of your teeth.
#3 Be mindful of acidic foods and beverages. Even foods and beverages that aren’t particularly dark can discolor your teeth. If it is highly acidic, the enamel or surface of your teeth can be impacted and the risk of yellowing increases.
#4 Rinse with water often. When it comes to keeping white teeth, water is your friend. Take sips of water often and immediately after eating to help wash away staining substances before they have a chance to settle into your teeth.
#5 Stay away from abrasive toothpaste or stiff-bristled toothbrushes. While brushing is a vital part of keeping your teeth white, you should use a dentist-recommended toothpaste and a soft-bristle toothbrush that won’t scratch or damage your teeth.
Scheduling Your Teeth Whitening
Even with the above-mentioned precautions, you will likely need another round of teeth whitening in the future. At Gilreath Dental Associates, we offer proven options in professional whitening technology, and we are committed to helping you go as long as possible between treatment sessions. Call today to schedule your KöR Teeth Whitening!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV,