There’s no better way to brighten your smile than a teeth whitening treatment at Perfect Smiles Dentistry. There’s no home whitening solution that gives results comparable to those available from a dentist’s office, since consumer kits don’t contain bleaches of professional strength. Without the training and experience of your dental caregivers, these powerful whiteners are too dangerous for home use.
But the conditions that dulled your smile prior to your professional whitening are still there, waiting to block the shine again. You can prolong the effects of your professional teeth whitening with some attention to detail at home. Here’s how to extend the results of your dental office teeth whitening session.
Review your oral care regimen
Leaving all of the responsibility for oral health to Kavitha Gowda, DDS, and our dental hygienists at Perfect Smiles Dentistry is a fast way to lose the luster of your teeth whitening treatment. Regular dental visits aren’t a substitute for daily care.
A minimum of twice-daily brushing and flossing sessions are the foundation of care that dental cleanings and whitening build upon. Skip the daily care and you’ll soon see the dingy yellow of plaque and other stains building back up.
Keep up with your home care and your teeth will remain whiter longer. You’ll also make your hygienist’s life easier too.
Ditch the tobacco habit
It doesn’t matter if you smoke or chew, the chemicals in tobacco products can stain your teeth yellow and brown, and that’s even before considering all the negative health effects of tobacco, such as bad breath, tooth loss, and oral cancer.
If white teeth motivate you to quit, you’ll be thrilled with the other health gains you’ll make as well.
Adjust your eating habits
Since they’re chock full of antioxidants, an addiction to blueberries is a better habit than smoking, but you might not gain anything in the white teeth department. Red wine, coffee, tea, and cola are other consumables that dull the brightness.
You may not have to give these up, but be aware of their staining effects. Combining any of these drinks with an equal amount of water can give your mouth a quick rinse that washes away staining agents before they go to work on tooth enamel.
Use recommended whitening products
Ask Dr. Gowda and her team about products that complement your teeth whitening treatments. They’re happy to recommend products that keep your teeth white away from the office. Many of our patients choose the Philips Zoom! whitening system for amazing in-office results, and we also offer at-home kits to extend the whitening effect.
Follow all safety instructions, particularly immediately after your in-office whitening, since your teeth may be sensitive for a few days after your appointment.
Eager to get going on your own whiter smile? Contact Dr. Gowda and our team at Perfect Smiles Dentistry by phone or through our online appointment request tool. You can schedule a dental cleaning and teeth whitening session today, potentially brightening your smile up to 11 shades. Book your consultation today.