Professional teeth whitening is a simple, affordable procedure that can drastically change the look of your smile and remove years of age from your face by brightening dingy, stained teeth. Unfortunately, just as natural teeth absorb dyes and colors from the foods and beverages we enjoy — tea, coffee, wine and dark berries, for instance — they’ll continue to absorb those stains after a professional teeth whitening procedure.
To help you get the most bang for your buck, our cosmetic dentist in Sciota has compiled the following list of ways to help make your teeth whitening last longer:
Maintain a strong oral hygiene routine
The foundation for any strong oral health regimen includes brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice a day — preferably after breakfast and again before bed. This removes dyes or staining substances that remain on the teeth after enjoying tea, coffee, wine, etc. Like other dentists, our dentist in Sciota stresses the importance of flossing once a day to remove food particles in hard-to-reach places in the mouth. And don’t skip your two routine dental checkups and cleanings with your dentist each year.
Use whitening toothpaste
Using toothpaste that contains a whitening agent can help extend your teeth whitening. Our dentist warns not to brush right after eating, though, to avoid actually brushing stains into the tooth’s surface. If brushing soon after eating, vigorously rinse the teeth with water first, then brush.
Use an electric toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes may be more expensive than traditional toothbrushes, but they are incredibly effective at ridding the teeth of staining food particles and liquids.
Use a straw
A straw helps any potential staining liquid bypass the teeth, limiting the teeth’s exposure.
After enjoying any of the common causes of teeth staining, simply rinse your mouth with water two or three times.
Chew sugar-free gum
Sugar-free gum, especially those containing xylitol as a sugar alternative, stimulates saliva production, helping wash away any liquids from the mouth that can cause teeth staining.
Teeth Whitening in Sciota, PA
Teeth whitening is the most requested cosmetic dental service we offer, and our patients are always thrilled with the results. A brighter, whiter smile makes a person feel more comfortable and confident, which can lead to an uplifted mood and more confidence in your personal and professional lives. Interested in learning more? Give our team at Chestnuthill Dental a call at (570) 865-7929, or reach us online today.