Your smile says a lot about you. When you choose to have your teeth whitened, you enhance your overall appearance by creating a bright smile that invites people into your presence. Teeth whitening is the most sought-after treatment in cosmetic dentistry, with millions of Americans undergoing this procedure each year. Popular among brides, new job hires, and those who wish to take years off their face, teeth whitening is a highly effective cosmetic dental procedure that is both quick and relatively inexpensive. Many people are able to have their teeth lightened by several shades in just an hour or within a few applications of at-home treatment.
However, teeth whitening is not a permanent solution. While those with naturally white teeth may experience results that last a few years, most people will find that their teeth revert to their darker or more yellow hue within a year. The good news is that there are things you can do to extend the length of your whitening treatment!
Take Care of Your Teeth
Good oral hygiene will go a long way in prolonging the whitening results you achieve. Dirty teeth sabotage teeth whitening results because dental plaque is a nasty thing. The sticky white stuff that you can scrape off your teeth at the end of the day is called dental plaque. Flossing and brushing are the only ways to remove dental plaque. If plaque is not removed, it will become discolored and accumulate all over the teeth. Flossing once a day and brushing twice a day are the easiest ways to maximize your teeth whitening results.
Avoid Stain Causing Agents
As a general rule, if something can stain a white t-shirt, it can stain your teeth. Tea, coffee, alcohol, red wine, blueberries, blackberries, acidic juice, and soda are all infamous for discoloring the teeth. Avoiding these stain-causing foods and beverages is the best way to extend your whitening treatment.
When you do consume staining foods or drinks, rinse your mouth with water afterward. Rinsing will help wash away the staining residue until you can floss and brush your teeth.
Use Whitening Oral Hygiene Products
While unable to achieve professional results, many over-the-counter toothpastes and mouthwashes are marketed to whiten teeth. Using these products after a teeth whitening treatment can help you maintain your results.
Contact Jefferson Dental Care today to learn more about our teeth whitening services.
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