You just had your teeth whitened, and you can not stop looking at how sparkling white they are. It is an incredible feeling to have a healthy, beautiful smile, which is why it is important to take the right steps to preserve its beauty. While teeth whitening does not last forever, these tips will help to make it last longer.
Avoid Stain Causing Beverages
One of the most common causes of tooth discoloration are drinks that can cause stains. These include soft drinks, tea, red wine, and coffee. While it would be a bit much to try and cut all of that out of your diet completely, limiting the amount of drinks that could stain your teeth or using a straw can keep your teeth white for longer.
Just as certain foods contribute to the yellowing of your teeth, certain foods contribute to keeping your teeth white. For example, apples, raw carrot sticks, and celery help to scrub the teeth as you are chewing. Foods that are high in calcium, such as dairy products, also help to keep the teeth white.
No Tobacco Products
It should come as no surprise that smoking will yellow your teeth, as will chew and other oral means of consuming tobacco. Speak with your doctor to develop a smoking cessation plan. Whiter teeth will be just one of many health benefits that come with quitting smoking.
Proper Oral Hygiene Is Important
Just because you had professional whitening treatments does not mean you can neglect your teeth. Without maintaining proper oral hygiene you run the risk of not only reverting back to discolored teeth, but developing other issues such as cavities and gingivitis. Brushing with an electric toothbrush at least twice per day will keep plaque and other buildup from staining your teeth.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
When you see your dentist every six months, along with a routine check-up, your dental team will perform a professional cleaning. It helps your whitening treatment last long.
For more information or to schedule a whitening treatment, contact us today at 203-255-5999.