How to Maintain Teeth Whitening Results From Your Dentist

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Patients are often pleased with the fast results of professional teeth whitening and leave their appointment with an enhanced smile and increased confidence. However, even bleaching sessions that take place in a dental office do not provide permanent effects. While many people desire a perfect, bright white smile, some tooth discoloration is normal, especially with age. To make the results of a whitening treatment last longer, follow the maintenance tips in this guide.

Diet and eating habits

What a person eats can either cause yellowing or reduce the chance of staining. There are several types of foods that can cause discoloration, especially with heavy consumption:

  • Coffee and tea
  • Red wine
  • Soda, fruit juice and other sugary drinks
  • Chocolate and other candy
  • Tomato sauce, soy sauce and other dark sauces
  • Acidic and sour foods
  • Berries

Foods and drinks that contain a large amount of tannins lead to staining because the substance can stick to the teeth and build over time. Additionally, acidic or sugary food can deteriorate enamel and alter the mouth’s pH levels, making the teeth more susceptible to discoloration. It is important that patients avoid all of these foods and drinks for at least 48 hours following a teeth whitening session. Some people try to prevent stains caused by dark-colored drinks by using a straw. However, it is likely that the liquid will move around the mouth and reach the front of the mouth.

For patients who still wish to enjoy these foods and beverages, brush the teeth right after consumption and consider purchasing a toothpaste designed to fight discoloration. Eat crunchy vegetables or fruits to help boost saliva production and protect against acids that eat away tooth enamel. Consume cheese and milk, which contain calcium and help strengthen the teeth to prevent erosion. Also, avoid smoking or using tobacco products, which can cause teeth to turn dark yellow or even brown.

Dental visits and follow-up treatments 

In addition to daily teeth brushing and flossing, a minimum of two dental cleanings a year is important for polishing the teeth and preventing stains. If concerned about the teeth becoming duller over time, patients can discuss options for keeping teeth white as possible with a dentist.

Follow-up teeth whitening treatments  

Before starting any whitening treatment, patients should always first have a consultation with a dentist. Common dental issues such as gum disease or cavities need to be addressed beforehand. Additionally, it is important to not apply bleaching products too often to avoid damaging the enamel of the teeth. The dentist may recommend a whitening toothpaste or provide a tray for at-home use. Patients can inquire about custom teeth whitening trays, which minimize gum irritation and allow the bleaching agent to make contact with each tooth.

Conclusion

While people can make dietary changes and clean their teeth frequently to keep the teeth white as long as possible, some discoloration will happen with time following an in-office teeth whitening treatment. Patients may need repeat sessions or can discuss other options with a dentist to maintain the desired results.

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