If you decide to brighten your smile with a professional teeth whitening treatment, you want the results to last as long as possible. But the same things that stained your teeth before treatment can stain them afterward. To help slow things down, Crabtree Dental in Katy offers helpful tips.
First, rinse daily with anti-cavity rinse. This boosts oral hygiene, minimizes bacteria, slows the growth of plaque, and also helps whiten your teeth. Additionally, there are many over-the-counter rinses with an extra whitening agent which will help extend the results of the whitening service.
There are certain things to avoid because they will stain your teeth. These include coffee, tea, soft drinks, red wine, smoking, and even some medications. If you cannot completely cut these out of your life, rinse your mouth out after you use them.
Avoid acidic foods and beverages. These can weaken or wear away the enamel on your teeth, and thin enamel allows the yellow dentin to show through.
Artificial coloring in any food items can stain your newly whitened teeth. Candy, popsicles, and fruit punch are examples.
Remember the Basics
We probably don’t need to remind you, but brushing your teeth properly a couple times a day will help you keep your white smile. You may choose a toothpaste with extra whitening or baking soda to help the process. Proper brushing should take you at least two minutes. Clean the outer surfaces of your upper, then lower teeth, including the inner surfaces.
Finally, don’t forget the chewing surfaces and your tongue. Using good brushing techniques for 120 seconds will improve oral hygiene, and permanent stains will not build up as fast.
It doesn’t take too much effort or money to make your whitened smile last. If you have any questions or would like additional tips on how to retain your fresh, white smile, call Crabtree Dental in Katy. We offer family and cosmetic dentistry.
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