Teeth whitening treatments are a great option for people who suffer from discolored teeth. These treatments are popular because they can brighten any smile without having to undergo any major dental procedures. If you are contemplating using a whitening treatment, we want to encourage you to consider doing a professional teeth whitening.
Professional teeth whitening treatments enhance your smile in a personalized manner so that all your teeth end up the same level of brightness. You will also experience longer lasting results when you choose a professional teeth whitening and expose yourself to fewer chemicals than when using an over-the-counter product. We encourage you to reach out to our team to see what options are available for you!
Having said that, no matter what teeth whitening option you choose, the most important part to maintain the results is to care for your teeth. Below is a list of some simple changes you can make after your treatment that will help preserve your smile.
Brush and Floss Your Teeth Regularly
Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly are a crucial part to preventing stains but also to keeping your teeth healthy. It is important to brush and floss your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Each brushing cycle should take roughly two minutes. If you can sneak a third time to brush your teeth during the day, that is an added bonus. If that is not feasible, you can simply brush and floss first thing in the morning and last thing before bed. We also strongly encourage routine dental cleaning and check ups, so book an appointment now!
Avoid Foods and Drinks that Stain
That cup of joe can do more harm than good when it comes to the color of your teeth. Unfortunately drinks like coffee, red wine, and sodas can reverse the effects of your teeth whitening. Hard candies, dark berries, and tomato sauce can also have a similar effect to these drinks. It is understandable if you are not able to fully remove these drink and food items from your life completely which leads us to the next two points.
Drink Water Between Foods and Drinks
Some foods and drinks are just bound to stain our teeth. A good way to minimize this effect is to flush these items down with water. The water will help rinse off the liquids before they get a chance to stain the teeth. In addition, your body will thank you for the extra hydration!
Drink Staining Liquids with a Straw
Have you ever wondered why some people drink coffee with a straw? They most likely take pride in having a beautiful bright smile! As mentioned above, coffee, red wine, and sodas can stain the teeth. The straw limits the contact between the drinks and the teeth which plays a major role in preventing stains. Book a consultation with us to learn more about your dental health!
Replace Your Toothbrush
This might be something you already practice but we thought we would put an extra reminder just in case. Replacing your toothbrush every few months is important considering that the bristles of your brush can collect bacteria from the teeth. The bristles also wear out which impedes them from properly cleaning the teeth. This is usually a good indicator that the toothbrush needs changing.
Regular Visits to the Dentist
Regular visits to the dentist for checkups are not just important for keeping your teeth white but also for keeping them healthy! Our team here at Alluvial Dental recommends bi-annual checkups which include a cleaning and an overall look at your oral health. Bi-annual cleanings minimize plaque buildup and in exchange keep your teeth white and bright. Our qualified team is happy to help so feel free to visit our office for a regular check-up, or sign up for a virtual cosmetic dentistry consult here (completely free!).
If your smile has not always been pearly white, we know that it can be so after a professional teeth whitening treatment. We also know that it can stay that way with a little bit of consistency from your part and help from a professional dental team. We are happy to answer any questions you might have about the procedure or the after-care. Give us a call to book an appointment with our team!