Types of Whitening
There are products available at your local stores to help you whiten your teeth. These products include gels and strips. Whitening at home often takes a little longer, as the ingredients in these products are not very strong, but they do provide you with the convenience of whitening in your own home.
You could also choose to have whitening done professionally. Your dentist could perform a treatment in office, or provide you with trays and a gel (stronger than what you can get at any store) to take home. These techniques tend to provide better results faster, as professional treatments have stronger ingredients.
Pick Your Foods Carefully
Whitening is not a permanent solution for discoloration. The same foods and beverages that stained your teeth in the first place - coffee, tea, red wine, tomato based foods, curries, etc. - can quickly get back to work and destroy the effects of your whitening.
Limit your consumption of these foods, and make sure to follow them with a glass of water. And foods such as apples, carrots and celery (those that are crunchy) can help to scrub surface stains right of your teeth while you eat them.
Use a Straw
Coffee, tea and other dark colored beverages, such as grape juice, are a prime source of tooth discoloration. Enjoy these drinks in moderation. You can also drink them through a straw when possible. This helps to bypass your teeth and limit contact.
Brush and Floss Regularly
While it might seem obvious, regular brushing and flossing are essential to boosting the effectiveness of your whitening treatment. Brushing helps to remove surface stains. An electric toothbrush, with its automatic rotations and vibrations, is especially effective in breaking up these stains.
And flossing removes food particles from between your teeth, which helps to brighten your smile as well as keeps your gums healthy. Make sure that you are brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once every day.
Taking steps now, while your teeth are at their whitest, will help you to maintain your smile's brilliance. Contact our office to ask about teeth whitening and what you can do to make it last.