A bright and white smile draws positive attention. Teeth whitening, a simple cosmetic dental service, exceeds the results of home treatments and over-the-counter products in its ability to remove stains, and you can get that service here at 1st American Dental in Tempe, Arizona.
Our expert dentist Leon Brannon Reed, DDS, can give you a whiter smile in just an hour or less. But how can you make sure those results last for as long as possible? There are a few ways to preserve the improved shade of your teeth after a whitening session.
You’re probably well aware of some of the staining foods and beverages with heavy pigments that your teeth absorb. Berries, cola, and coffee are all notable culprits.
If you’re looking to keep your teeth stain-free after a whitening session, try your best to limit or avoid these foods. At the very least, you should brush your teeth thoroughly after enjoying them. For drinks like coffee, tea, and cola, using a straw helps the liquids safely pass by your enamel.
Surprisingly, some foods are also good for preserving whiter teeth. Eating fruits and veggies helps your mouth produce more saliva, which neutralizes the acids responsible for breaking down enamel and making your teeth more prone to stains.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once. Brushing after meals is especially helpful for washing away any remnants of acid or food particles left on the teeth.
It’s helpful to bring a toothbrush to work with you. That way, you can freshen up after your morning coffee and after lunch.
You’ve probably heard or read about the staining effects of cigarettes and other tobacco products. If you use tobacco products in any form, Do your best to avoid them following a professional whitening session.
Smoking and chewing tobacco can lead to yellow stains at first, followed by brown. Additionally, it threatens your oral health with potential gum disease, cavities, and oral cancer.
If you’re worried about stains slowly reappearing on your teeth after a whitening treatment, you can use over-the-counter whitening pastes and products to help preserve your results. These products aren’t as strong as professional whitening, but they’re great for upkeep.
Of course, continue coming to 1st American Dental for cleanings every six months or so. If you’re interested in a teeth whitening treatment or in scheduling your next cleaning to maintain the results, schedule an appointment over the phone or online at 1st American Dental today.