One of the most economical and speediest ways to a smile makeover is through teeth whitening. The key to maintaining your new smile is your willingness to follow basic guidelines.
1. Limit beverages that are notorious for dental stain. These include beverages like coffee, tea, soda, and wine. Using a straw with cold drinks will allow beverages to bypass the teeth somewhat, but this is not going to eliminate stain totally. When consuming these liquids, try to swallow as rapidly as possible to limit the time teeth are exposed to the caffeine that may discolor teeth.
2. Eliminate tobacco use. Smoking and chewing tobacco are very damaging to the enamel’s color, and tobacco is a primary contributor to many dental problems, not the most important being the cosmetic aspect.
3. Some mouthwashes and medications contain products that can stain teeth. Although needed medicinal supplements cannot be avoided, know what is in optional supplements and mouth rinses to aid in prevention of tooth discolorations.
Teeth whitening can provide a quick and economic means to a “Hollywood” smile…
4. Foods with strong pigments like tomatoes and many different berries can stain teeth if eaten on a regular basis. However, their health benefit cannot be disputed so try to brush as quickly as possible following consumption or rinse with water. Chewing sugarless gum will help to generate saliva as a natural wash, as well.
Your cosmetic dentist may also advise some other ways to lengthen the duration of teeth whitening such as daily flossing; brushing at least twice per day with the recommended tooth paste or gel; using an antibacterial rinse may aid in preventing plaque build-up that can escalate tooth discoloration.
Although excellent daily hygiene habits are critical, visiting your dental provider twice per year for a professional cleaning and dental exam will make the most of your teeth whitening experience.
If tooth color starts to fade, there are touch-up kits available for use at home. Since teeth whitening is not permanent, it might be necessary to repeat the whitening process to retain that brilliant smile. But teeth whitening can be overdone, so limit those whitening sessions to at least six month intervals. Excessive whitening can be harmful to enamel and result in tooth sensitivity.
Teeth whitening can provide a quick and economic means to a “Hollywood” smile, so follow the instructions provided to keep it brilliant for as long as possible.
To learn more about the benefits of teeth whitening contact the Chicago office of ORA Dental Studio at 312-328-9007 today to schedule an appointment.