If you’ve noticed that your teeth are no longer the pearly shade of white that they once were, you may want to consider a whitening service. There are many different types of teeth whitening treatments available, including some that can be performed at home and others that are completed at the dentist’s office. At Lowry & Obrochta Dentistry, we offer teeth whitening systems including Advanced Zoom and GLO Science so that you can achieve a radiant grin.
Many of our patients ask how they can maintain their bright white smiles after whitening. Here are our top tips:
Watch Out for Discoloring Foods and Drinks.
Especially in the 48 hours after your teeth whitening treatment, it’s important to avoid foods and drinks that can discolor your smile. This mainly includes acidic foods and drinks, which can break down your enamel and eventually cause a yellowing smile. Of course, most patients can’t avoid these forever, but this initial period is crucial to maintaining the results of the treatment.
Foods and beverages that can discolor your newly-whitened smile include:
- Coffee and tea
- Red wine
- Fruit juice
- Dark sauces (i.e. barbeque sauce, tomato sauce, soy sauce)
- Dark chocolate
- Citrus fruits
After the first two days following teeth whitening treatment, we recommend using a straw for drinks that can stain your teeth.
Practice Great Oral Hygiene
Ultimately, the most important tip for maintaining white teeth is to protect the health of your mouth with great oral hygiene. Caring for your teeth will prevent damage and staining that could compromise your pearly whites.
To keep up with your oral hygiene, remember to:
- Brush your teeth at least twice daily.
- Floss at least once daily.
- Use an antiseptic mouthwash to kill plaque-causing bacteria.
- Visit your dentist twice per year for a routine check-up.
Schedule Whitening Touch-Ups
Even the most advanced teeth whitening treatments aren’t permanent. So, your dentist may recommend touch-up treatments to maintain the new shade of your teeth. The frequency of your whitening touch-ups will depend on the type of teeth whitening treatment used.
To schedule your teeth whitening treatment, contact Lowry & Obrochta Dentistry today!