A good smile goes a long way. As time wears on, however, food and drink can dull the brightness of your smile. To rectify this, you can get your teeth whitened. And whether it be through an at-home kit or in the dentist’s chair, you want to protect the investment you made. By following a few helpful tips, you can keep your teeth gleaming for months or even years.
Want a show-stealing smile? Carl F. Lipe, DDS and his team are ready to help you achieve a bright white smile. We perform teeth whitening and can guide you in keeping your teeth clean and vivid for months to come.
The importance of white teeth
You smile to show appreciation, lift someone’s spirits, or make a stranger feel less apprehensive. And a smile looks best when your teeth are white. A recent study showed that 99.2% of people believe a good smile has important social benefits. The teeth whitening products market worldwide was valued at $5.56 billion in 2016. That’s a lot of happy smiles!
While you get the most mileage, by far, from a professional cleaning from your dentist, there ways to extend all whitening treatments. As with any product, the more you protect your whitening, the longer it lasts.
Things to avoid
If you drank only water and ate only white food products, your teeth would probably dull much more slowly. Some of your favorite foods and drinks stain teeth over time. In the first few days after your whitening, make sure to avoid the major food culprits, such as coffee, tomato sauce, blueberries, and red wine. Try subbing out these foods with less staining alternatives.
If you can’t give up your morning coffee, midday cola, or nightly glass of red, consider using a straw when you drink. This helps you avoid some staining as the liquid bypasses your front teeth before it enters your mouth. After eating staining food, swish water through your mouth to rinse away any residue.
Finally — and this should be a given — smokers and dippers don’t get long-lasting whitening results. Tobacco is just too staining.
Things to do
While avoiding certain staining foods may be tough, general upkeep is an easy way to keep your teeth white. You should already be brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day, but it’s never a bad idea to add more brushing.
Brush your teeth right after eating staining foods. Add in a whitening toothpaste for even more potent protection. An antiseptic mouthwash makes for a protective trifecta.
A teeth whitening appointment also shouldn’t be the last trip you take to the dentist. Professional cleanings and regular visits to the dentist help build on the work you do during your daily brushing and extends the results of your teeth whitening.
Ready to show the world a lasting bright smile? Come into Carl F. Lipe, DDS to learn how you can get and keep whiter teeth. Our team is happy to set up a plan to get your teeth pearly white. Just call or book your appointment online today.