Investing in something requires you to spend time and money. Whether it is a small amount or a large amount, you typically want your investment to have a good return and last as long as possible. Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure performed each year in the United States. While teeth whitening is a relatively inexpensive treatment, most people who have their teeth whitened want their teeth to remain bright and white for an extended length of time.
Unfortunately, teeth whitening does not produce permanent results. Over time, most people will find that their teeth revert to the darker, more yellow shade that they had initially. However, there are certain things that you can do to extend the brightness of your whitening results.
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
Whether you have your teeth whitened or not, you can keep your smile looking its best by simply practicing good oral hygiene daily. Dental plaque is a sticky substance that stains easily throughout the day. Flossing and brushing are the best things that you can do to keep your teeth healthy and beautiful. Removing dental plaque from your teeth twice a day helps prevent stains, cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay.
Avoid Stain Causing Foods and Beverages
Certain foods and beverages are notorious for causing stains. As a general rule, if something can stain a white t-shirt, it can stain your teeth. The most common foods and beverages that stain the teeth are:
- Red wine
- Acidic juices
Avoiding these culprits is the easiest way to prevent them from staining.
However, if you indulge in any of these foods or beverages, make sure you rinse your mouth after eating or drinking to prevent stains. Wait 30 minutes, and then brush your teeth to remove any residual coatings.
Use Oral Whitening Products
While nothing will be able to help you achieve professional results outside of the dentist’s office, there are over-the-counter whitening products that can help brighten your smile. Whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes can help extend the results you achieved from professional whitening, making your investment last longer.
If you are interested in having your teeth professionally whitened, contact Feather Touch Dental Care today to schedule your appointment.
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