Dental Tips Blog

Apr
5

How to Maintain Your White Smile for Years

Posted in Teeth Whitening

If you’ve just invested in teeth whitening or a smile makeover, you want your results to last for as long as possible. With the right home care and follow up, they can!

After whitening your teeth, keep your custom trays handy and store any remaining whitening gel in the refrigerator. This keeps the gel active longer, so that you can use it months down the road. You can also pick up gel refills from your dentist.

Boost your whitening every 3 to 6 months. If you don’t drink coffee or smoke, chances are you may only need to touch up after your routine cleanings. But if you enjoy a glass of red wine now and then, or a few cups of coffee each day – you may need to touch up more often. In most cases all you need to do is wear the whitening trays for an hour a day, 3 to 4 days. It isn’t necessary to whiten for two weeks the way you initially did.

Get your teeth cleaned regularly. Your hygienist will scale away calcified bacteria and polish stain deposits that have accumulated between visits. Even if you’re a great brusher, build up is bound to happen. Whitening after your checkup is one of the best times to jump-start your maintenance, as the teeth are completely clean.

Make sure you’re using the right concentration of whitening gel. Over the counter products aren’t nearly as strong as what’s available at your dentist’s office. Most dentists keep 2 or 3 types of gel available, based on the specific needs and colors of their patients’ teeth.

Posted on behalf of:
Pacific Sky Dental
6433 Mission St
Daly City, CA 94014
(650) 353-3130

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