Whether you have had your teeth whitened in-office or with an over-the-counter product, the last thing you want to see is discoloration creeping back.
No teeth whitening procedure is permanent. If you expose your teeth to foods and beverages that cause staining like coffee and red wine, the whiteness may begin to fade in as little as one month. If you are more careful and avoid those foods and drinks that stain the teeth, the whitening may last up to one year or longer before more treatment is needed.
How To Keep Teeth White After a Whitening Procedure
Read on to learn how to keep that smile sparkling bright after whitening:
- Keep up your daily brushing and flossing Brush after breakfast and before bed – at the minimum. An electric toothbrush can really do a good job of cleaning the teeth.
- Use a toothpaste that protects against yellowing and removes deep-set stains. We’d be happy to recommend the best toothpaste for your needs.
- Rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash daily to kill the bacteria that causes plaque.
- Brush during the day to fight discoloration. Take a travel-sized brush and toothpaste with you to work to brush after meals and snacks.
- Rinse your mouth out with water after drinking cola, coffee, tea or red wine.
- Come into the office for regular checkups. Our routine cleanings includes polishing your teeth with an abrasive cleaner that removes some surface stains.
For long-term whitening, we can provide you with a custom tray so you can bleach your teeth at home. Just spread the whitening gel to the fitted mouthpiece and apply to your teeth. We can discuss the best whitening products with you – always look for the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.
Let Us Know If You Have Questions on Any Aspect of Oral Health Care
Dr. Lorraine Burio of Candlewood Dental Care has been treating and educating patients for over twenty-five years. Our office serves the New Fairfield, New Milford, Danbury, and Sherman areas of CT and Pawling, Patterson and Putnam Lake of New York. You can call us at 203-746-1200.