How to Make Your Brightened Smile Last Longer
There’s a reason why teeth whitening is so popular – it works! Chances are after you’ve undergone the procedure yourself, you’ll look forward to showing off your new smile. Of course, you’ll want that bright smile to last as long as possible, so follow these tips to keep those teeth nice and white.
Be aware of certain foods and drinks.
You probably are already aware that certain foods and drinks are particularly teeth-staining. Knowing exactly which ones those are can help to prolong the life of your new white smile. These include:
- Dark sodas, red wine, coffee, and tea
- Berries, such as raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries
- Soy sauce and curry
- Marinara sauce
You don’t have to avoid consuming these items altogether though. Drinking water and brushing your teeth after having them will help to reduce their staining effects on your teeth.
Brush and floss consistently.
Being diligent in maintaining a good oral hygiene routine helps keep your teeth healthy in general and also helps to preserve your newly whitened smile. Give your routine an extra boost by using a whitening toothpaste and an antibacterial rinse to keep your smile bright and healthy.
Visit your hygienist regularly.
It’s recommended that you visit your dentist twice a year. These are times to get buildups of plaque cleared away, and your teeth polished to help keep them whiter. In addition to dental cleanings, you’ll get a screening for oral cancer, gum disease, and tooth decay to make sure that your teeth don’t just look good but are actually in good health.
Purchase additional whitening gel.
If you ever feel that your smile is losing its brightness, talk to your dentist about getting a gel to use with trays at home. These are great to use as touch-ups in between professional whitening sessions.
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