Teeth whitening is the single most popular elective dental procedure in the world. Its popularity is fuelled by the notion that people who have bright, white teeth are generally happier, healthier, more attractive and more successful in their professional and personal lives. Whether this is the case or not, there is no getting away from the fact that white teeth are extremely desirable. Research has shown that unfortunately, we do judge a book by its cover and as many as 80% of us would consider turning down a date with someone who had an unattractive smile.
Professional, in-office teeth whitening has been proven to be the most effective way of lightening our smile, and it also produces the most long-lasting results. However, no whitening treatment will permanently change the color of your teeth. Over time, exposure to foods and drinks that can stain them, and habits such as smoking which causes discoloration, can cause the bright and healthy shade that you had achieved to start to wane.
If you choose to undergo teeth whitening, you inevitably want to know how to keep your smile looking fantastic for as long as possible. Here are our top tips for keeping your teeth white longer.
Limit your exposure to products that stain
There are some types of food and drink that are more likely to stain your teeth than others. This is because they contain something known as tannins. Tannins are commonly found in beverages such as tea, coffee, and red wine, as well as foods such as carrots, berries, and beetroots. By limiting your consumption of these, you can help to preserve your brighter, whiter smile.
Drink plenty of water, especially after eating
It is impossible to over-estimate the importance of water in anyone’s diet, but especially those people making a concerted effort to look after their teeth. Water helps to wash away bacteria and food debris before it can cause decay, but it also helps to remove tiny staining particles that would otherwise discolor your teeth.
Have a great oral hygiene routine
Brushing your teeth regularly is the best way to keep them both healthy and attractive. You can consider using a whitening toothpaste, but experts recommend you only do this a couple of times each week and use conventional, fluoride toothpaste the rest of the time. Make sure to brush after meals using a soft-bristled brush that won’t damage the enamel of your teeth. Floss daily and use a mouthwash that fights bacteria to give your teeth the very best protection.
We appreciate this is far from the easiest thing to ask, but smoking isn’t just bad for your health, it is also terrible for your smile. Not only does smoking put you at greater risk of tooth decay and gum disease, but the nicotine will begin to stain your teeth a yellow-brown. If you start smoking again immediately after whitening, you will almost certainly see your teeth start to take on a yellowish hue within a month of your treatment.
If you have had your teeth whitened and would like more tips for preserving the color of your smile or to schedule an appointment to see if you are a suitable candidate for a whitening procedure, feel free to contact our friendly and knowledgeable dental team today.