If you have invested in your smile recently to get brighter, whiter teeth you’ll want to keep them that way for as long as possible. We know that the process of bleaching your teeth can sometimes cause some mild discomfort or sensitivity, so if you can maintain your white smile for longer between whitening treatments, so much the better. To help you achieve this, here are some simple tips for keeping your teeth white after treatments.
Maintain great oral hygiene standards
Having your teeth bleached can sometimes cause them to be sensitive and you might be tempted to skip some steps in your oral hygiene routine, but don’t. It’s essential that you keep brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash to keep your teeth clean and plaque free. As plaque can build up quickly on teeth if you don’t maintain these habits, it’s easy for your white teeth to become stained again if you don’t keep your mouth clean.
Whitening toothpaste and mouthwash
Support your whitening efforts by using products specifically formulated to keep teeth white. There are multiple toothpaste brands available now offering whitening side effects in addition to keeping your teeth cavity free, and even some that can reduce sensitivity and improve your gum health too. Opt for mouthwashes that keep your teeth white too, and keep a bottle in work so you can rinse after lunch and keep your mouth fresh all day.
Cut down on staining food and drink
We know it might be hard to hear, but some of your favourite foods and drinks will stain your teeth and leave you with a duller smile than you wanted. Some of the most popular culprits are red wine, coffee and tea, dark coloured fizzy drinks, blueberries, blackberries and tomatoes. Staining and discolouration can be avoided by opting for alternative food and drinks, or drinking through a straw to reduce that amount of liquid coming into contact with your teeth.
It’s not news that smoking is bad for your health, but it’s also terrible for your teeth, and if you are trying to keep your smile white then avoid smoking at all costs. The nicotine and tar in cigarettes are responsible for turning your teeth yellow, and over time if you smoke regularly your teeth can be very badly stained so that they are almost brown. If you are a smoker, keeping your teeth clean is paramount. When plaque hardens, it turns to tartar, which is very porous, and therefore it absorbs the stains from nicotine much faster, leaving you with a discoloured smile. Smoking is also bad news for your gums, as it reduces the amount of oxygen in your blood stream which makes it harder for your gums to heal from infections.
Are you considering teeth whitening treatments? Our experienced team can help you get the dazzling white smile of your dreams from the comfort of your home with one of our easy, non-invasive whitening kits. Contact us today to find out more.