After you’ve whitened your smile, you want to do everything you can to help the results last as long as possible. With proper maintenance and care, your teeth can stay white for years. Here are 3 important things to know about getting the most out of your professional whitening treatment.
Remember to Touch Up
Touch up your whitening every 3-6 months for up to a week. These maintenance applications will remove small stain particles that have built up over the weeks and give you an extra boost of whiteness. Most people need to touch up once a day for 3-5 days, or no longer than a week.
Schedule Regular Preventive Cleanings
Having your hygienist clean your teeth every 6 months will remove stain and tartar deposits that form between visits. One of the best times to touch up your whitening is after your teeth have been polished! Although polishing doesn’t remove internal dental stain, it will lift superficial stain particles that darken the teeth and prevent your whitening gel from getting to deeper areas as easily.
Avoid Contact with Stain-Causing Foods and Drinks
Limiting your coffee, tea, and red wine intake will keep your teeth whiter, longer. Of course that isn’t always possible for some of us. Although you don’t necessarily have to give up your glass of iced tea in the afternoon, drinking it through a straw can prevent the normal amount of stain buildup on your teeth.
Professional whitening treatments are a great investment for people that have decided to have a whiter smile. Rather than purchasing an over the counter kit every 3 months, most professional take-home kits last for a year or longer, making them much more cost effective. Talk to your dentist to find out about whitening specials that are currently available.
Posted on behalf of:
Springhill Dental Health Center
4620 Spring Hill Ave
Mobile, AL 36608
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