How To Extend the Results of Teeth Whitening

You’ve had your teeth whitened. You love the results. Now what?

Now, you need to extend those results for as long as possible. Teeth whitening isn’t a permanent solution, but there are many things you can do to keep your smile bright and white, longer.

Watch out for stainers

Yes, coffee is delicious, but it also can stain your teeth. The same is true of red wine, tea, and foods such as blueberries and tomato sauce.

You don’t have to give up your favorite foods and beverages. You may choose to use a straw to drink beverages that could stain your teeth. And, brushing immediately after eating a potential teeth-stainer is a good way to keep your pearly whites sparkling.

Brush, brush, and brush

In fact, brushing after a meal is a good idea, whatever you eat. You’ll be removing any potential stain-causers and you’ll protect your teeth from bacteria as well.

Oral hygiene is important

Of course, oral hygiene is always important, but after you’ve had whitening treatments, it’s one of the best ways to extend the results. Brush at least twice a day, floss at least once a day. Use an antiseptic mouthwash once per day, as well.

You may want to consider using a whitening toothpaste. Talk to our staff about which product is likely to work best for you and how often you should use it.

Get touch ups regularly

Depending on your situation, you may need touch ups every six months or annually. Getting touch ups is one of the most critical parts of maintaining the results of your whitening treatments.

Your Roach Family Dentist will talk to you about touch up treatments and how often you may need them. People who have darker stains are likely to need more frequent touch ups than those who have yellowish stains.

Make and keep your regular dental appointments

Seeing your dentist regularly is part of maintaining good overall health. After you have whitening, it’s also one of the best ways to help you extend the results.

At your regular appointment, your dentist can evaluate how well your touch up schedule is working, and make suggestions for keeping your teeth naturally white and beautiful.

It’s also an excellent time for you to ask questions about how you can keep your smile bright. You may have questions about medications you’re taking — some are known to cause teeth discoloration — or foods you eat regularly. Our staff is happy to address your individual concerns during your regular appointment.

If you have questions about teeth whitening, book an appointment at Roach Family Dentistry online or by phone today!

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