Tips to Keep Your Smile Bright After Whitening

teeth-whiteningWhether you choose to have your teeth whitening done at a dentist’s office or at home (using over-the-counter or dental take-home kits), you are making a financial investment in your smile. Since whitening doesn’t last forever, you’ll definitely want to take steps to maximize your benefit from your treatment.

Before you do any type of teeth whitening, it’s a good idea to schedule an examination with your dentist to ensure your teeth will be ready to respond to whitening treatments. If you have intrinsic stains on your teeth, your dentist may suggest other ways of brightening your smile, such as porcelain veneers.

Keep Your Smile Bright After Teeth Whitening With These Tips

  1. Avoid consuming teeth-staining foods and beverages for the first week after a treatment. Deep-colored foods such as blueberries and beverages such as coffee, tea, and colas can blunt the impact of your teeth whitening treatment. If you can’t face the day without your favorite beverage, try drinking it through a straw to avoid contact with your teeth.
  2. Stop using tobacco products. The benefits of not smoking, chewing, or otherwise consuming tobacco are well documented. Since tobacco use can stain your teeth and even your tongue, leverage your desire for a brighter smile to help you quit or continue your abstinence.
  3. Use whitening toothpaste no more than once or twice weekly to keep your teeth gleaming. Toothpaste designed specifically for whitening can remove surface stains and prevent teeth yellowing. It can also cause tooth sensitivity if overused, so continue to use regular toothpaste as you brush twice daily. (Don’t forget to floss daily to keep your teeth healthy, as well.).
  4. Be prepared to follow a touch-up regimen to extend the benefits of your teeth whitening. Depending how dedicated you are with your dental self-care and the amount of staining foods or beverages you consume, you may need to begin whitening maintenance treatments almost immediately, or you may only need to do them as infrequently as once a year. Your dentist can give you an estimate of how often you need to consider doing a touch-up.

“Teeth whitening can have a stunning and lasting impact on your smile’s appearance,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist in practice in central Phoenix and the founder of Dr. Carol Ford & Associates. “Our office can advise you how to get the most value for your treatment investment.”

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