Our local Concord dentist can whiten your teeth, but you’ll be the one taking care of them when you leave his chair. You’ll want to make sure you don’t stain them again after your dental whitening, which means focusing on home care. Here is what you need to do to keep your smile as bright as it is right after a teeth whitening.
Brush After Potential Stains
You should, of course, brush and floss at least twice a day, but you should also brush after staining foods and beverages. Coffee, wine, tea. berries, tomato sauce and other dark foods all stain teeth. Brushing immediately after consuming them helps prevent this staining to keep your smile looking fresh. If you can’t brush, at least rinse your mouth with water.
Use Whitening Toothpaste
Cosmetic dentistry can whiten your teeth no matter how stained they may be, but whitening toothpastes can’t make the same claim. Toothpaste can only lighten your smile by a few shades. It is easier, however, for whitening toothpaste to keep your teeth white than to make them that way. If you’re not using one already, switch to one of these toothpastes after your teeth whitening.
Get Regular Checkups
Don’t wait until you have a problem to see the dentist. Although regular checkups and cleanings aren’t typically categorized as cosmetic dentistry, they will keep your smile looking bright. The paste and professional toothbrush your dental hygienist uses to clean your teeth are designed to remove surface stains and go a long way toward keeping your teeth white.
Get a Custom Tray
Even if your oral hygiene is perfect, your teeth will still slowly yellow with age. If you want to do touch-ups at home when your smile starts to fade, ask your Concord dentist to make you custom whitening trays. Custom trays will hold whitening products against your teeth more tightly so they can work better. Use your trays only with whitening agents your dentist approves and only as often as he suggests.
Teeth whitening is an excellent way to improve the look of your smile so you can be proud to show it more. It may also help you look and feel younger. Contact us to request an appointment with our dentist and learn more about whitening your teeth and maintaining your smile.