The food, beverage, and lifestyle choices we make can have an impact on the appearance of our teeth. Choosing teeth whitening is an excellent way to achieve a smile makeover; but what can be done to maximize the benefits gained without totally altering day to day living?
Selecting the correct whitening system is important. Your cosmetic dentist can provide customized trays and the most powerful teeth whiteners available. Choosing a lesser option such as generic whitening systems available online or at the drug store will not have the same result as one acquired through your dental professional.
Another advantage of teeth whitening provided by your dentist is having a dental professional available to address your questions and concerns. If you run into a problem during whitening (such as sensitivity, for example), your dentist will be able to advise how to resolve. Of course, most questions you may have about teeth whitening will be covered by your cosmetic dentist prior to getting started.
Once you have completed the teeth whitening process, there are things you can do capitalize on your efforts to keep your new smile bright.
Foods – Many healthy foods like some berries, tomato based sauces, beets, and many brightly colored foods can stain dentition. Beverages – Coffee, tea, red wine, cola … all are known to stain. Do you have to abstain from all of these things? You might consider some limitations, but if you know you are going to eat or drink from the list of staining prospects, be prepared to brush and/or rinse immediately following consumption.
Caution – Citrus softens dental enamel so delay brushing for an hour following use; rinsing is OK.
Lifestyle – Smoking and tobacco use result in teeth stain; in addition, these habits can result in significant damage to teeth and gum tissue – just avoid!
Daily brushing and flossing will help keep your smile bright; and there are touch-up kits available that can be used to support your teeth whitening experience.
Visiting our dental team every six months for a thorough cleaning and dental exam is highly recommended to maintain great oral health. This actually should be the first step you take when considering teeth whitening. You will enjoy the benefits of starting with a “clean slate”; and your dentist will be able to assist you with the best teeth whitening products available.