If you’re investing in professional teeth whitening, you’ll want your bright new smile to last for as long as possible. But as events in your daily life turn your attention away from your bright new smile, you might find that the results start to fade.
You might be worried about discolouration or staining taking away your sparkle, returning a dull, lacklustre appearance to your teeth, and causing you to want to hide your smile from the world again. After all, the problems that caused the need for teeth whitening initially may still be there.
The last thing you’ll want is to go back to square one and need the treatment again. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be that way because there are several simple and effective ways to ensure your new bright white smile will last for a long time.
Here’s how you can maintain the excellent results of your professional whitening treatment.
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
Before we look at the ways to preserve your brighter smile, we need to look at how your whitening treatment works and what caused the stains in the first place.
There are two types of stains:
- Superficial extrinsic stains
- Deep intrinsic stains
Extrinsic stains are easily removed through good oral hygiene. Intrinsic stains require professional treatments that penetrate the surface of your teeth. These stains have become trapped over time, and simple brushing won’t remove them.
We offer three very effective whitening treatments. All use powerful gels that break down stains.
Enlighten achieves amazing results from the comfort of your home. Boutique again whitens your smile effectively at home, either during the day or during the night. Philip’s Zoom! brightens your smile in the clinic with the help of a special light.
If you’re a smoker, this is probably the number one cause of staining and discolouration. Added to aesthetic concerns, smoking has several severe health risks, including mouth cancer.
Quitting smoking isn’t easy, as nicotine is highly addictive. But giving up will work wonders for the appearance of your smile.
Many people use nicotine patches to help to deal with their physical cravings. It can also help to take up a new hobby to distract you from the psychological cravings. If you need advice or help to quit, speak to your doctor.
Limit Your Exposure to Food and Drink That Stains
So much that we eat and drink can cause stains. The main culprits include coffee, tea, and red wine. But you might also find that eating spicy foods and dark berries, as well as drinking dark-coloured sugary drinks like cola, can contribute to a stained or discoloured smile.
We’re not saying you can’t enjoy these things; after all, some of them are good for your overall health. But if you do eat or drink anything that might cause stains, think about brushing your teeth as soon as possible.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Sometimes, what you eat can improve your oral health and help your smile to shine. Food and drink that is high in calcium strengthen and enrich your teeth. If possible, try and get some low-fat dairy products into your diet.
Alternatively, nuts like almonds, leafy greens such as spinach or kale, and tofu are all excellent sources of calcium.
Many fresh fruits and vegetables will naturally help to keep your teeth clean. Think about eating crunchy veggies such as carrots, cucumber, cauliflower, or celery. Onion and garlic are also helpful as they contain antibacterial compounds that help stave off bacteria.
Brush Up On Your Oral Hygiene Routine
Keeping your teeth looking great does take effort on your part. One of the biggest areas that need your attention is your oral hygiene routine.
Review the techniques you use for brushing your teeth. Make sure you clean your teeth twice daily using good-quality toothpaste with a high fluoride level and a soft brush. Spend two minutes brushing and ensure you reach every part of your mouth — including the parts you can’t see.
But your oral care routine shouldn’t end there. Flossing is a great way to remove debris between teeth, reducing potential plaque and tartar build-ups.
Using mouthwash can also help preserve your fresh smile. By fighting bacteria, you’ll keep plaque and tartar at bay, keeping your teeth bright and healthy.
Come and See Us for Regular Checkups
Nothing keeps your smile healthier than a trip to the dentist. Once in our clinic, we can perform a series of checks to ensure your teeth aren’t in danger. The earlier we can spot potential problems, the easier it is to stop these issues in their tracks.
If there’s anything that could harm your radiant smile, our skilled dentists will spot it and advise you on the best course of action. Our checkups look for plaque and tartar buildups and signs of gum disease and cavities.
To stay ahead of dental problems, it’s suggested that you come and see us twice a year.
Book In for Professional Cleaning
While a professional whitening treatment gives your smile a bright shine, visiting our hygienist will remove the signs of tartar that gradually build up on your teeth.
Our highly trained hygienists use the advanced Prophyflex treatment that harnesses water, air, and carbonated particles to cut through any stains that build up. Once you’ve had the treatment, your mouth will free completely refreshed.
Not only that, but our team are on hand to give you excellent advice on maintaining your fresh smile. This includes diet and cleaning tips.
Say Hello To a Brighter Smile at Love Teeth
Here at Love Teeth; we work hard to give you a bright and healthy smile. Whether we’re enhancing the appearance of your smile with professional teeth whitening treatment or performing routine checkups or cleaning services, our skilled dentists and hygienists in Cheam, Chessington, Sutton, and Stonecot have you covered.
Call our friendly team today to schedule an appointment for teeth whitening, routine checkups, or professional cleaning.