Teeth whitening is the most requested cosmetic procedure, ranking number one on the list of most-asked-for cosmetic applications. And its popularity is only increasing. While whitening treatments do give you stunning results, daily living can stain your teeth again. In fact, your teeth could begin to fade again in as short a time as one month following your treatment.
That’s why Dr. Ali Saeghi and his team at Modern Age Dentistry have compiled this list of the best practices for maintaining the results of your whitening treatment. We care about your smile, and want to ensure the best for your dental health.
Avoid teeth-staining food and drink
Consuming large amounts of beverages like coffee, wine, and tea can seriously stain your teeth. Additionally, foods that are high in acid content like red sauces and vinegars can also stain and weaken your teeth.
To avoid staining caused by food and drink, try using a straw for drinks, so that you can still enjoy your favorite drinks without exposing your teeth to stains. When it comes to food, rinse or even brush your teeth after eating, whenever possible.
Tobacco smoke does discolor your teeth, causing a buildup and yellow to orange staining. Because of the buildup, these kind of stains are more stubborn and whitening them may take longer.
Maintain good oral hygiene
Be sure to brush your teeth a minimum of two times a day and floss at least once a day. Rinsing with antiseptic mouthwash at least once daily is also helpful. You may also want to consider using a whitening toothpaste, but only 1-2 times a week.
Maintaining regular dental appointments and cleanings are also a component of good oral hygiene, so be sure to keep your regular dental appointments.
Schedule touch-up appointments
The best way to maintain your whitening results is to schedule regular touch-up appointments. While the length of time needed between touch-ups varies from person to person, most people will need a touch-up about every 6 months. However, if you’re someone who smokes often or drinks a lot of teeth-staining beverages, like coffee, then you may want to schedule your touch-ups more often.
Get whiter teeth today
At Modern Age Dentistry, Dr. Ali Saeghi and his team are dedicated to providing you with the brightest smile possible to help boost your overall health and confidence. And teeth whitening is certainly a part of that. So, call us or schedule an appointment right on our website today.