Professional teeth whitening continues to top the list as the most sought after cosmetic dental procedure available. Modern technology and top grade materials make it possible for patients to attain a whiter and more confident smile with minimal sacrifice to their time, comfort and budget. The results of professional teeth whitening can be profound. In fact, whiter teeth can take years off of your appearance and even help you be more competitive in the workplace.
As with any cosmetic purchase, it is helpful to know how you can maximize your investment best. Teeth whitening is a temporary solution, and many daily habits and the natural aging process can sabotage a white smile. However, there are some things you can do after your whitening procedure to ensure you retain your brilliant smile shade for as long as possible.
#1 Avoid Staining Foods
There are certain foods and sauces that stain the teeth. These include dark berries, tomato sauce, soy sauce and others. Consider consuming these staining foods in moderation or not at all.
#2 Use a Straw for Dark-Colored Beverages
A straw can be your best friend after teeth whitening. A straw can allow you to drink your morning coffee and other dark-colored beverages without the risk of it ruining your white smile. If you don’t use a straw, at least be mindful of how you drink. Try not to swish dark liquids around in your mouth before swallowing.
#3 Consider Snacks that Naturally Whiten
While there are foods that can discolor your teeth, there are also those that can naturally whiten your teeth. Strawberries, apples and celery all work to scrub off stubborn stains as you chew.
#4 Stop Smoking
Smoking cigarettes is a surefire way to waste your teeth whitening investment. Go ahead and kick your nicotine habit first, and then reward yourself with a teeth whitening procedure afterwards.
#5 Drink Water and Chew Sugarless Gum
Your saliva serves as a natural cleanser for your teeth. You can not only chew sugarless gum to keep your salvia production high, but you can also drink water throughout the day to rinse off food debris and other staining culprits.
#6 Participate in Our Free Whitening For Life Program
Green Dental of Alexandria proudly offers a Free Whitening for Life Program for new patients who are committed to keeping up with their routine dental exams and cleanings twice a year.
Ask us more about how you can maintain a white smile through all stages of life! Call Green Dental of Alexandria today!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park, Green Dental of Alexandria
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