Whitening your teeth is one of the best investments you can make in your appearance. Few other dental improvements have such a dramatic effect on your smile for relatively little money. When your teeth are white, you can feel more confident and attractive.
Unfortunately, the results of teeth whitening do not last forever, but you can extend the results of your teeth whitening so you can enjoy them for longer. Call us at A Caring Dental Group to discuss teeth whitening and learn how to maintain your results.
What affects how long whitening results last?
Most people can expect their teeth whitening results to last at least a year, although some of our patients get results for a longer period. Individual results can vary based on how well you care for your smile.
Your diet is one of the key factors in maintaining your teeth whitening results. Certain foods and drinks stain more than others. Avoiding the foods and beverages that stain your teeth can help.
Common things that stain your teeth
The foods and beverages that stain your teeth include many things that may be among your favorites. These include the following:
- Red wine
- Black tea
- Candies and cakes with a lot of food coloring
Surprisingly, both white wine and clear sodas can be more likely to stain your teeth than their darker counterparts. White wine and clear sodas are more acidic and, therefore, more likely to damage the enamel of your teeth.
Smoking and using other tobacco products can also stain your teeth. Steer clear of tobacco and staining foods and drinks.
Foods that can help your teeth stay white
Just as you can stain your teeth by consuming certain foods and drinks, you can also eat foods that keep your teeth white. Some foods act as a sort of natural toothbrush by removing staining particles.
Eat these foods frequently if you want to keep your teeth white:
- Nuts and seeds
Other things can you do to keep your teeth white
In addition to eating the right foods and avoiding the wrong ones, you can do other things to keep your teeth white. Try doing these things to maintain your whitest smile:
Brush your teeth with baking soda
Baking soda is a natural detergent that brushes away stains.
Use an electric toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes are significantly more effective for brushing your teeth than regular toothbrushes.
Schedule more frequent professional cleanings
Instead of getting cleanings once or twice a year, consider having them done every three to four months.
How often can you get your teeth whitened?
Ask our dental team, led by Benedict Kim, DDS, about how often you can get your teeth whitened. If your teeth aren’t too sensitive, you can maintain the results of professional tooth whitening with over-the-counter whitening products.
Over-the-counter whitening products are not as effective as professional teeth whitening products. You should always get your teeth whitened by a dental professional because the results are so much more dramatic. But the over-the-counter products can work in a pinch to extend the life of your professional results.
You can get your teeth professionally whitened about once a year with Dr. Kim’s approval. Call A Caring Dental Group today or make an appointment online.