A white smile inspires confidence, and studies have shown that people who smile frequently are perceived to be more friendly and approachable than those who don’t. Teeth whitening can also help eradicate gingivitis, making your smile not only whiter, but healthier as well. If you are embarrassed by your yellowing smile, talk to your dentist about professional teeth whitening. The process is non-invasive, painless, and gives you a pearly white smile instantly.
Once you get your teeth whitened, the results can last anywhere from a few months to several years. Here are things you can do at home to make your professional teeth whitening treatment last as long as possible.
Rinse with Water after Eating or Drinking
Tooth enamel is porous, so it absorbs stains from foods and beverages you put in your mouth on a regular basis. Coffee, tea, dark sodas, wine, fruit juices, and tomato juice are common stain causers that you should enjoy with caution. The same can be said for some fruits, such as blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries. Chocolate and dyed candies can also stain your teeth.
To keep your teeth whiter and brighter after treatment, simply rinse your mouth out with water after consuming meals and beverages. A quick “swish and spit” helps remove the residue from what you put in your mouth, allowing you to keep your pearly whites longer. Continue brushing and flossing your teeth as part of your normal oral care routine in addition to swishing water after meals.
Avoid Smoking and Smokeless Tobacco
If you are a smoker or a chewer, here’s another reason to quit: the tobacco in the products you use age your teeth by yellowing them and making them more brittle and susceptible to staining. If you can’t quit entirely, try to cut back on the amount of tobacco you use in a day or try to use tobacco only in the mornings or evenings. Continue regular dental hygiene by brushing after meals and flossing daily.
Use a Tooth Whitening Toothpaste
Most toothpastes designed to whiten teeth have two main ingredients in them: hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. With your dentist’s permission, you can use a tooth whitening paste at home to help prolong the positive effects of your treatment. Since these agents can cause tooth or gum sensitivity, discontinue use and talk to your dentist if you experience any of the following:
- Sharp pain in your teeth
- Bleeding gums
- Light-colored gums
- Sores in your mouth
- Pain when chewing
You don’t want to accidentally damage your teeth by over-whitening them, which can compromise the durability of your tooth enamel. It’s best to only use a tooth whitening paste after professional whitening treatment with your dentist’s approval.
See Your Dentist for Touch-ups
Keep in mind that years of staining may have permeated deep into your tooth enamel, making whitening harder to achieve. As a result, you may need to undergo several whitening treatments. Follow your dentist’s recommendations, and receive additional treatments to help diminish deep-set stains.
Whitening your teeth can give you a brighter, more youthful smile. If you’re ready to improve your smile, give our professionals at Beck Pearce Dental a call. We have several teeth whitening solutions for you to choose from to achieve the smile you want.