Whitening your teeth is a great way to get a brilliant smile. But once your teeth are bright white, how can you keep them that way?
Dr. Jerry Bock of Cityview Dental Arts in Bucktown, Chicago, wants you to love your whiter, brighter smile for as long as possible. Here are ways to extend the results of professional teeth whitening.
The difference between home and professional teeth whitening
Sure, you can pick up a whitening kit at the grocery store or pharmacy. But professional teeth whitening in a dentist’s office is way more effective, potentially brightening your smile up to 8 shades whiter.
Home whitening solutions don’t contain professional-strength bleaches, which are much stronger than home-kit bleaches. Dental caregivers are trained to use these powerful whiteners without harming your gums and other parts of your mouth.
How to extend teeth whitening
Once Dr. Bock’s office gives you a brilliant smile, you have to do your part to keep it that way. Here’s how.
Practice good oral hygiene
Brushing and flossing twice a day helps keep your teeth white. If you skip this basic oral hygiene, your whiter teeth fade and look dull again. Daily tooth care also helps prevent decay and gum disease from plaque buildup.
Here’s another reason not to smoke or chew tobacco: Tobacco products can stain your white teeth and make them yellow and brown. Yuck! Also, chewing and smoking tobacco can cause oral cancers, bad breath, and tooth loss.
Adjust eating habits
Eating and drinking brightly colored foods and dark beverages can stain your teeth. Berries, for instance, are good for your overall health, but they’re not friendly to your white teeth.
Here are some foods and drinks to avoid:
- Colored sodas
- Red wine
If you can’t live without staining drinks, use a straw to sip them, which helps most of the liquid bypass your teeth. Turn those healthy berries into smoothies, which you can slurp through a straw.
Use whitening pastes
When you’ve had your teeth professionally whitened at Cityview Dental Arts, you can extend the results with at-home whitening pastes and rinses. The Philips ZOOM! whitening system is a popular product that helps keep your teeth white.
Make sure you follow all safety instructions on whitening products, because your teeth might be sensitive for a few days after your whitening procedure.
Are you ready to trade in your dull teeth for a gleaming Hollywood smile? To request an appointment, call Cityview Dental Arts at 309-432-5483, or use our online scheduling tool.