When you opted for professional teeth whitening, you made a great choice. Whitening your teeth always works best with the professional guidance of your dentist. Since you completed your treatment, you have probably been receiving compliments on how pretty and bright your teeth look when you smile. Keeping it that way is easy if you follow a few simple steps.
Avoid Staining Foods and Drinks
Virtually all colored foods and drinks have the potential to stain your teeth, but some can cause them to darken sooner. Spices like turmeric and curry can leave a yellow hue on your teeth while coffee, tea, and red wine can make them look brown or dark.
We don’t expect you to give up your favorite foods, but brushing or at least rinsing your mouth after you eat them can help your white smile last longer.
Maintain Good Home Care
Daily brushing and flossing can remove surface stains that collect each day. It also keeps your teeth and gums healthy. It is important not to skip brushing or flossing since plaque can harden into tartar quickly.
Stay On Track with Dental Cleanings
After each dental cleaning, a polish will remove surface stains from your teeth. While a polish does not penetrate teeth the way whitening gel does, it can remove coffee, tea, and tartar that yellows teeth.
Did you know that the best time to whiten your teeth is right after a dental cleaning? Because your teeth are free of tartar and surface stains, the gel can penetrate more effectively.
Touch-Up Your Teeth
Stains are a natural part of the aging process, so they will begin to collect again. When your smile is not as bright as you would like it to be, we offer additional treatments to help your bright smile last a lifetime.
For more information or to schedule a teeth whitening consultation in the Seattle area, give Phinney Ridge Dental a call!