How Can I Maintain My Teeth After Whitening?
By Gregory S. Herzler, DDS
December 29, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Find out what lifestyle factors can affect your teeth whitening results in Saginaw.

If you’ve just gotten teeth whitening in Saginaw, you probably want to know how long your brighter smile will stick around. After all, Teeth Whiteningyou’ve spent money on treatment, and you want to make sure that your results last.

How long your results last will depend a lot on you. Some studies have reported results lasting up to 10 years, while some patients have noticed results for about two years. However, the average person enjoys a whiter smile for about six to ten months. Therefore, if you want to enjoy your Saginaw teeth whitening results, follow these helpful tips:

Maintenance whitening

Every few months after your first treatment, a maintenance whitening treatments can help keep your smile in tip-top shape. You could get more in-office teeth whitening sessions, which require less gel than your first treatment, or you could opt for at-home teeth whitening.

Good oral hygiene

If you want to maintain healthy, beautiful teeth and gums, you’ll want to keep up with your oral hygiene. It might seem like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised how many people let their daily oral habits fall by the wayside once they see their bright, white teeth. We recommend brushing at least twice a day, and even brushing between each meal if you really want to maintain those whitening results. Flossing daily is also crucial.

Smile-friendly diet

One of the best things you can do for your whiter teeth is to opt for foods that will be good to your smile and not cause problems. A lot of our favorite foods and drinks leave stains. If you want to maintain your teeth whitening results then you’ll want to stay away from coffee, tea, wine, berries, acidic foods, dark sauces and condiments, and cigarettes. Think of your teeth as a white shirt: if the food you’re consuming would stain your shirt, then it will stain your teeth.

Regular dental visits

Another key part to keeping a healthy smile is to keep up with your biannual dental cleaning and exam. Seeing your Saginaw dentist regularly for a professional cleaning will ensure that there is no plaque buildup, decay or signs of gum disease. Even if you are handy with a toothbrush, your dentist can still clean parts of your smile that might be harder for you to reach.

If you want teeth whitening that will last, follow these tips and you’ll be happy you did. If it’s time to schedule your six-month dental cleaning with your Saginaw dentist, then give us a call today!