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Will my whitened teeth retain their new color?

Patients are able to undergo a smile makeover merely by visiting their dentist to pick up teeth whitening supplies. Your cosmetic dentist is the optimum provider for obtaining teeth whitening for many reasons.

Having your dentist fabricate your custom-designed whitening trays will provide the maximum exposure to whiten your teeth without damaging any of the surrounding oral tissues from the whitening product.

Your dentist can provide you with the most powerful whitening agents available. And when acquiring these products from a dental professional, you have someone to address any questions or concerns you might have about teeth whitening.

Teeth whitening products purchased online or at the drug store come with one-size-fits-all mouth trays. If you have a question, there is no one to ask. You’re on your own and must whiten at your own risk with questionable results.

But your dentist-provided teeth whitening kits will provide everything you need to enjoy a cosmetic makeover you can complete in the comfort and privacy of your own home. Once done, there are things you can do to maximize the effects of your newly whitened teeth.

Avoid or limit the beverages known to stain teeth. These include coffee, tea, colas and wine. Drink cold beverages through a straw so most of the beverage will bypass the teeth (do not use a straw for hot drinks). Plan to brush as soon as possible following consumption.

There are many foods that have teeth staining capability, including tomato based sauces, many members of the berry family, citrus, and many dark or brightly colored foods or those that contain dyes to enhance their appearance.

Another helpful tip to maintaining a white smile is to eliminate tobacco use to extend the life of your smile.

Certain medications and supplements can result in stained dental enamel. Your dentist might be able to provide alternatives that will help.

Teeth whitening and the length of time you can expect it to last is not a definitive science. Everyone is different, and how you care for your teeth before and after whitening can have an impact on what you can expect from treatment.

Brush at least twice daily, floss, and see your dentist every six months to maintain healthy teeth and gums in addition to looking their best. If you’re due for your six-month appointment, call us at Richardson Dentistry today! (972) 218-0078

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