How can I maximize the benefits achieved through teeth whitening?

How can I maximize the benefits achieved through teeth whitening?

teeth whitening north DallasProfessional teeth whitening treatments can remove deep, years-old stains from the innermost layers of teeth. If you have recently had a teeth whitening treatment, you might be wondering how to maintain your results. Since teeth are porous and can re-stain, it is important to avoid teeth-darkening foods and drinks.

Following are helpful tips for getting the most out of your teeth whitening treatment.

Avoid Stain-Causing Foods and Drinks

Even if you receive a whitening treatment, eating and drinking stain-inducing foods on a regular basis will cause your smile to dull and discolor.

Common foods and beverages that cause stains include:

  • Berries
  • Wine
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda
  • Beets
  • Soy Sauce

Use a Straw

If you do drink something that could discolor your teeth, do so in moderation and with a straw. Using a straw helps push the stain-causing molecules to the back of your mouth. This can help reduce the likelihood of dark drinks making contact with your teeth.

Be sure to drink plain water afterwards to help rinse your teeth and mouth.

Practice Great Oral Hygiene

Sticking to a great oral hygiene routine can help prevent the formation of new stains. Thorough brushing and flossing remove surface stains and plaque, which contributes to a dulled appearance. If you need help developing a great oral hygiene routine, be sure to talk with our cosmetic dentist. Our team is happy to recommend techniques and products that can help you enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile.

Get Regular Dental Cleanings

A professional dental cleaning is one way to keep your smile in tip-top shape. Dental cleanings remove surface debris such as tartar that cannot be removed with home care alone. The instruments our hygienists use can gently lift away tartar, which can have a yellow appearance as it accumulates on teeth. All patients should have at least two professional cleanings each year.

Call Kozlow & Rowell Dentistry at your convenience if you have questions about teeth whitening treatments or would like to schedule a consultation with our cosmetic dentist.