How To Make Your Tooth Whitening Results Last Longer

18 October 2017

There are endless teeth whitening options available today. If you just had a teeth whitening procedure done, you probably can’t wait to show off your pearly whites. You actually feel more youthful, attractive, and confident.

Showing off a beautiful smile can make a positive first impression in a job interview, enhance a new relationship, or just make you happy looking in the mirror.

Now comes the hard part: how to keep those results. We will give you some tips on how to make your tooth whitening results last longer.

It Didn’t Happen Overnight

Those stained dull teeth you had prior to your teeth whitening didn’t start out that way. Aging plus the accumulated foods you eat and what you drink all contributed to a dull smile.

Now that you have that white bright smile back again, don’t fall back into the same old habits. It won’t take long for the staining to come back.

Make Adjustments

No one is going to completely change their lifestyle after having their teeth whitened; it’s not reasonable. What you can do is modify what you eat and drink and how.

Keep those results by doing some of the following:

  • When drinking wine, either red or white, keep a glass of water handy. Have a sip of water after every sip of wine, especially those wonderful full-bodied reds. You know, the ones that go so well with a thick juicy steak or a fabulous Italian meal—but we digress. It is also good practice to drink your wine from a straw. Then, end your dinner or cocktail hour by drinking some milk followed by brushing and flossing.

  • Avoid acidic fruits and drinks. They may sound benign, but lemonade, lemons, tomato juice, and fruits like blueberries can become absorbed into your enamel, encouraging bacteria and stains to reappear.

  • Cut back some on your consumption of coffee and tea. These drinks contain substances like tannin, which stay on our teeth, attracting stains.

Don’t sabotage your whitening treatment by returning to the same old behaviours. You will find yourself with stained dull teeth quicker than need be.

Make A Commitment To Practising Great Oral Hygiene

We don’t mean just good hygiene, but great hygiene. We mean the kind your mom made you practise way back when. Brush for at least two minutes, at least twice a day. Floss a minimum of once a day.

Maintain Your Smile With Other Teeth Whitening Options

Use at-home teeth whitening options. Choose once-a-week, once-a-month or whatever you feel helps you maintain the smile you desire. Ask your dental professional to recommend the best at-home whiteners for maintenance.

Seek out a professional whitening treatment to get you started.
Oakville Place Dental Office offers a free whitening procedure for all NEW patients age 16 and over.

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