If you decide to brighten your smile with professional teeth whitening treatment from Thompson & Frey Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Owensoro, you want the results to last as long as possible.
Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done. The same things that stained your teeth before the treatment can stain them afterward. Over time, common staining will transpire. To help slow down that process, we have some recommendations to make your sensational smile last.
First, rinse daily with anti-cavity rinse. This boosts dental hygiene, decreases bacteria, slows the build up of plaque, and also helps whiten your teeth. Additionally, there are many over-the-counter rinses with an additional whitening agent which will help extend the results of the whitening treatment.
There are some daily practices to abstain from because they will stain your teeth over time. These include drinking coffee, tea, soft drinks, red wine, smoking, and even some medications. If you cannot completely cut these out of your life, rinse your mouth out after you use them.
Avoid acidic foods and beverages. These can weaken or wear away the enamel on your teeth, and weak enamel allows the yellow dentin to show through.
Artificial coloring in any items can stain your newly whitened teeth. Candy, popsicles, and fruit punch are examples.
Remember the Basics
We probably don’t need to remind you, but brushing your teeth correctly a couple times a day will help you keep your white smile. You may choose a toothpaste with extra whitening or baking soda to help the process. Proper brushing should take you at least two minutes using short brush strokes, paying close attention to the gum line and hard-to-reach areas. Clean the outer surfaces of your upper, then lower teeth, including the inner surfaces. Finally, don’t forget the chewing surfaces and your tongue. Using good brushing techniques for 120 seconds will improve oral hygiene, and permanent stains will not build up as fast.
Teeth whitening from Thompson & Frey Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Owensboro gives you a sparkling new smile. People from Henderson, Tell City IN, and Hartford also come to our practice for our family dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!