How Our Pearland Cosmetic Dentist Recommends You Keep Your Teeth White After Whitening Treatment
You have likely read our past blogs on professional teeth whitening and what causes your teeth to yellow, and now that you have decided to undergo our professional teeth whitening treatment, you may be wondering how you can prolong the bright whiteness of your teeth. Here is what our Pearland cosmetic dentists recommend.
Continue Your Daily Teeth Cleaning Routine For Great Oral Health
As always, it is important to brush your teeth at least two times a day with a whitening toothpaste, as well as flossing nightly. We recommend brushing after breakfast and before going to bed, but brushing three times a day is okay too. Making these two steps a habit will keep your white teeth bright and clean, reducing your chances of re-staining them.
Avoid Staining and Discoloration in Your Teeth
Once you have completed our cosmetic teeth whitening, it is important to understand what made them yellow in the first place. When your enamel is both strong and healthy, it is the whitest part of your teeth, but when it weakens and wears away, it exposes the underlying dentin, which is naturally yellow. Enamel can become weakened by the consumption of acidic foods and drinks, such as soda, sugary foods, citruses, and even some starches.
Beverages that contain tannins, such as coffee, tea, and wine, play a big role in staining and yellowing your teeth. Tannins are a type of polyphenol–polyphenols are naturally found in plants, and although they have some health benefits, they, unfortunately, reduce the whiteness and brightness of your teeth. You don’t need to cut out these drinks completely, as they do provide some health benefits, but it is a good idea to enjoy them less often. If possible, drink your tea and coffee through a straw so that your teeth don’t make as much contact with the tannins.
Don’t Skip Your Dental Cleanings, Come Into Our Pearland Dentist Office
Also important to maintaining your teeth whitening treatment is ensuring you see our dentists twice a year for your routine cleaning. We will gently polish the teeth to rid them of surface stains. However, even with these habits, the whitening treatment will fade over time, but the good news is you can continue to use our professional whitening treatments when the time comes. If you would like to come in for a dental cleaning or would like to start another round of teeth whitening, please request an appointment with our cosmetic dentists. We will happily assist you in ensuring your smile remains bright and healthy.