How to Make Your Teeth Whitening Last

How to Make Your Teeth Whitening Last

You finally treated yourself to a professional teeth whitening, and your smile has never looked better. Now your goal is to make the results of your treatment last as long as possible.

That’s why David Epstein, DDS, and Nikita Vakil, DMD, of The Woodlands Dental Group wrote this guide to help you keep your pearly whites as bright as can be. Here are seven tips that can help you flash a bright white smile for years to come.

1. Brush your teeth twice a day

While brushing your teeth can help you avoid getting cavities, it can also help you keep your teeth brighter, too. Brushing your teeth can help you remove bacteria, debris, and tooth-staining food particles. 

You can boost your brushing power by using a whitening toothpaste. Look for a whitening toothpaste with the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. 

2. Floss daily

Just like brushing can help remove stain-causing debris from your teeth, flossing can help remove these particles from between your teeth. Flossing can help keep your teeth looking white by preventing bacteria and debris from building up.

3. Stay hydrated

Drinking water is good for your entire body, but did you know it can also help prolong your teeth whitening treatments? When you drink water, it helps flush stain-causing debris, food, and bacteria out of your mouth.

This tip is especially important if you eat foods that are prone to staining teeth, such as curry sauce, tomato-based dishes, wine, tea, and balsamic vinegars. Even if you can’t brush your teeth after eating, just rinsing your mouth with water can go a long way toward keeping your mouth stain-free.

4. Schedule a cleaning every six months

In addition to a good at-home oral care regimen, continue to schedule your routine cleanings every six months. During your appointment, any plaque and tartar will be scraped away to help reveal your white smile underneath.

5. Avoid tobacco

All forms of tobacco, including smoking and chewing tobacco, can stain your teeth. Avoiding tobacco can help you avoid staining your teeth and also help you improve your oral and overall health.

6. Avoid teeth-staining foods and beverages

Some of the most notorious offenders include red wine, coffee, tea, soda, tomato-based dishes, curry sauces, dressings made with balsamic vinegar, and dark-colored berries.

It may not be practical to give up everything on this list — after all, berries can be very good for you! However, try to brush your teeth after consuming these items, or, at the very least, rinse your mouth with water. You can also try using a straw for drinking beverages that stain. A straw can help reduce the contact between your teeth and the drink.

7. Schedule touch-up treatments

Even with the best at-home oral routine, teeth whitening treatments won’t last forever. The good news is that touch-up whitening treatments can help you maintain your results. Depending on your needs, you may benefit from a touch-up anywhere from 1-3 times a year.

If you want to whiten your teeth, learn about your options by booking an appointment over the phone with The Woodlands Dental Group today.

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