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Published on: 11 Mar 2017 by evawatkins
Everyone wants that pearly white smile, and with dental whitening techniques, nearly anyone can get it. But having your teeth professionally whitened doesn't mean you can ignore your dental hygiene -- you need to keep your newly restored teeth white and healthy.
If you've just had your teeth whitened, keep the following in mind to prolong the life of your smile:
Avoid Tooth-Staining Drinks
Yes, we all love our coffees, teas, and wines, but we have to remember that these drinks can all stain our teeth. In fact, these kinds of drinks are likely culprits for the stains you just had removed.
While the best solution is to cut these drinks out, or at least cut back on them, it can be tricky for us "cup of coffee by day, glass of wine by night" types. If you can't get to work without your cup of joe, try to drink a glass of water and brush your teeth afterward. Likewise, try not to let the last swig of wine set on your teeth overnight. Brushing at the office might be similarly difficult, but rinsing with a glass of water throughout the day can cut down on staining, as well.
Replacing soda with water during the day will also be helpful and may be easier to accomplish than cutting out coffee.
Adopt a Healthier Dental Regimen
Since you've just had stains removed from your teeth, now is the perfect time to re-evaluate your dental hygiene regimen as a whole. Make sure that you're brushing thoroughly 2-3 times a day and flossing regularly. If you can brush after lunch and snacks, that would be ideal, but if that's not feasible, try to remember to use a mouthwash and rinse when you eat during the day.
Touch Up Periodically
Teeth whitening, as with the rest of your dental hygiene, is best looked at as a lifelong process. Work with your dentist to have your teeth checked up on regularly. If stains begin to recur, they will be able to help you take corrective action, and better still, they'll be able to help you determine the cause of the recurring staining.
In some cases, stains related to certain medications and conditions may be too deep to effectively treat through normal whitening treatments, and a porcelain veneer may provide a better long-term solution to tooth stains.
Work with Your Dentist
This is, by far, the most important part of your regimen. Ask
your dentist for their recommendations regarding over-the-counter whitening products, whether they're whitening toothpastes or full whitening kits. While these products may have a place in your ongoing dental care, they have not been specifically formulated for the state of your mouth. Only your dentist will be familiar with your dental history, and by working with them and regularly brushing and flossing, you can keep your new pearly whites, pearly white.