Staining and discoloration can happen to anyone’s smile, regardless of how carefully you brush and floss your teeth. If your pearly whites are a little less than white, call your dentist to request an appointment for professional teeth whitening. After you whiten your teeth, you can follow these easy tips to preserve your results.
Avoid pigmented foods and beverages.
Some foods and beverages are more likely to stain your teeth than others. Blueberries and blackberries are good examples. Red wine, green tea, coffee, and cola are the most common beverage culprits. If you can’t give up coffee, you could add a little milk to it to mitigate its staining abilities. Consider switching from red wine to white, and from green tea or black tea to white tea. Another strategy is to swish water around your mouth after consuming pigmented foods and beverages.
Choose teeth-scrubbing fruits and vegetables.
Firm produce can help keep your teeth cleaner, and may help fight staining. Apples and celery are among the best options for a healthy smile, as are carrots, cauliflower, and green beans. These foods also help stimulate saliva production, which protects your teeth.
Use teeth whitening touch-up treatments.
Ask your dentist about touch-up treatments that can help you go longer between teeth whitening appointments. One method of professional teeth whitening is to create custom-fitted trays. The patient takes these trays home and uses a special whitening product. If you choose this method of teeth whitening, you can easily add more whitening gel to the reusable trays when it’s time for a touch-up.
Take your toothbrush to work.
It goes without saying that everyone needs to brush their teeth twice daily and floss once daily. Doing so will help you extend the results of your teeth whitening treatment. But if you’re serious about your oral health and the appearance of your smile, you might want to do more. Take your toothbrush and toothpaste to work with you, and brush after lunch.
Teeth whitening is one of our specialties here at Manela Dental in Tucson. We enjoy helping our patients get the beautiful smile they deserve. Call our dental office at (520) 744-2039 to request an appointment today!