A Cosmetic Dentist Explains How to Keep Teeth White After Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening treatments are an affordable way to enhance the color of your teeth. It is a non-invasive procedure that does not require any surgery or anesthetics, yet it can transform the way your smile looks.
Teeth whitening treatments involve using a bleaching agent like hydrogen carbamide or hydrogen peroxide to remove stains from the inner layers of teeth and their surfaces. Each whitening treatment performed by dentist lasts between 60 to 90 minutes and can improve the color of a patient's teeth by eight shades. Patients with severely stained teeth might need a few follow-up treatments to restore their teeth to a bright shade of white
Keeping teeth white after teeth whitening
Restoring the color of your teeth is only half the battle. Your teeth will continue to be exposed to things that discolor them, like aging, tannins in food or beverages and oral issues like tooth decay. Protecting teeth from such things will help you maintain the new color of your teeth.
Simple things patients can do to improve the color of their teeth include:
1. Good oral hygiene
Taking good care of the mouth helps preserve the results of teeth whitening treatments. Teeth are exposed to acids created in the mouth by oral bacteria and plaque. Plaque facilitates tooth decay, and it will eventually harden and turn into tartar. Tartar gives teeth a yellow tint, ruining their color. Brushing twice each day and flossing once daily is all patients need to keep oral bacteria from ruining the color of their teeth.
2. Avoid tannin-rich foods
Some foods have strong coloring agents that can get into the inner layers of teeth and stay there. For example, coffee is known to stain teeth. Keeping foods that contain such coloring agents to a minimum will help preserve the results of teeth whitening treatments. When such foods are consumed, rinse the mouth with water to remove the coloring.
3. Keep sugar to a minimum
Sugar is one of the most harmful things you can expose teeth to. It is acidic in nature and is converted by oral bacteria into acids. It erodes teeth enamel until the inner, more vulnerable layers of teeth are exposed. Rinse the mouth to remove traces of sugar after consuming sugar-rich foods.
4. Visit a dentist twice a year
Regular visits to a dentist are one of the most effective ways to preserve the appearance of teeth that have been whitened. Besides performing routine checks, the dentist will perform teeth cleaning, removing tartar and plaque from teeth surfaces.
The dentist can also perform maintenance whitening treatments to eliminate any stains that have accumulated on the patient's teeth since their last visit. Regular visits to the dentist ensure teeth get the maintenance treatments they need before noticeable stains develop on them.
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