Having your teeth professionally whitened is an investment that you take pride in. You can’t wait to show your new smile off to everyone you know! But how do you keep it that way? Once you leave our office at Biltmore Commons Dental Care, there are some things you can do at home to prolong that new, bright smile. Here are several of our expert tips to put into practice after your professional teeth whitening appointment.
Avoid Tobacco Use
Smoking is a terrible habit for your overall health, and the results of the nicotine and other harmful chemicals are easily noticed on an individual’s teeth. Stains from the use of these products can live deep down in the surface of your teeth, resulting in a smile that you won’t want to show off. It only takes a few months for the tar and nicotine to re-stain your teeth, so breaking your habit will help prolong the results of your whitening treatment.
Eat Healthy Foods
Foods that are naturally beneficial for your teeth include celery, apples, nuts, meats, and milk. These foods help harden your tooth enamel, by providing additional calcium and phosphorus to your teeth. These minerals are redeposited back into the enamel of your teeth, which helps protect them from acidic foods or stains. Keep this in mind after you have your teeth whitened, especially in the first few months that follow your appointment when your whitening is at its newest.
Use a Straw
Sipping on your favorite latte or wine through a straw may not be what you had in mind, but it can help prevent these staining liquids from getting near your sparkling white teeth. Whenever possible, drink your beverages through a straw to help prolong the teeth whitening you’ve just had performed. If you want to be environmentally friendly, be sure to invest in reusable straws for all of your favorite drinks.
Visiting your dentist on a regular basis is another way to help keep your teeth white and bright. It’s recommended that you see your dentist at least twice a year to help monitor the overall health and appearance of your mouth. Our friendly staff at Biltmore is proud to serve the residents of Phoenix, AZ, with all of their dental and oral health care needs. If you’d like to schedule a teeth whitening appointment or your regular check-up, give us a call today at (602) 249-2227.