Follow these tips to maintain a smile that glows.
Whether you want to prevent dental stains or you just got professional teeth whitening treatment from our Worcester, MA, cosmetic dentist Dr. Frederick Bayon and you want your results to last, there are several things you can do to ensure that your smile stays radiant. Some of these habits include:
Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
One of the best ways to keep teeth looking their best is to practice good oral hygiene. This means brushing and flossing your teeth daily, as well as knowing the proper techniques to make sure that you are giving your mouth the thorough cleaning it needs to prevent the formation of stains. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily, then follow this up with an antimicrobial oral rinse.
Avoid Certain Foods and Drinks
What you eat can have a major impact on the color of your teeth. Most dark foods and drinks can easily cause teeth to stain. That’s because enamel is porous. One way to prevent teeth from yellowing is to avoid most dark foods and drinks. This includes:
- Black tea
- Wine (both red and white)
- Dark sauces and condiments (e.g. tomato sauce; soy sauce)
- Sugary treats
- Acidic foods (they can erode enamel)
If you do consume any of these foods or drinks it’s important to brush your teeth immediately after or at least rinse your mouth out with water.
Consider a Whitening Toothpaste
Whitening toothpastes contain certain chemicals that polish the teeth and may even lighten stains over time. It can take up to six weeks to see results with regular use; however, whitening toothpaste may be a great way to prevent the formation of new stains. If you just recently got professional teeth whitening, then whitening toothpastes could help extend your results.
Try an At-Home Whitening System
Our cosmetic dentists also have a way for patients in Worcester, MA, to be able to whiten from the comfort of their own home. This at-home system uses a more powerful bleaching gel than what you’ll find in most commercial whitening kits, and the whitening trays are also custom-fitted to your mouth so you get perfectly even results right at home. Even if you’ve already gotten your teeth bleached in our office, at-home whitening can help you maintain your results.
If your smile has started to dull over the years, our cosmetic dentists here in Worcester, MA, can help you get a whiter smile with the help of in-office or at-home whitening. To learn more about your cosmetic dentistry option call Dr. Bayon Family Dentistry at (508) 755-0372.