Whitening treatments don’t permanently whiten teeth. If you expose your teeth to foods and beverages that cause staining you may see the whiteness start to fade in as little as 1 month after treatment. Those who avoid foods and beverages that stain may be able to wait one year or longer before another whitening treatment or touch-up is needed.
You worked hard to get your teeth white. Here are some tips to help maintain your pearly whites.
- Avoid the consumption of or exposure to products that stain your teeth, such as coffee, tea, and red wine. If you do choose to consume beverages that stain, consider using a straw so that the liquid bypasses your front teeth.
- Brush or rinse immediately after consuming stain-causing beverages or foods.
- Follow good oral hygiene practices. Brush your teeth at least twice daily, floss at least once daily to remove plaque, and rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash at least once a day to kill bacteria that cause plaque. Use a whitening toothpaste (once or twice a week only) to remove surface stains and prevent yellowing. Use a regular toothpaste the rest of the time.
- Consider touch-up treatments. Depending on the whitening method used, you may need a touch-up every 6 months or after a year or two. If you smoke or drink lots of stain-causing beverages, you may need a touch up more often.
How to whiten your teeth at home – top tips on keeping your teeth white for longer
If you’re on a mission to get that perfect Hollywood smile, but can’t quite afford the huge dentist bill of professional treatment, then a home kit is a great affordable solution.
But with so many on the market it’s hard to work out what you should be looking for and the best aftercare once you’ve got your pearly whites in check.
From special toothbrush kits to natural remedies like coconut oil pulling and using charcoal toothpaste, there are a multitude of options to invest in.
That’s why we’ve enlisted the help of teeth whitening expert in Brighter Smile Family Dentistry, who was happy to reveal the tricks of the trade.
1. Avoid black tea, coffee, and red wine
If possible as they are likely to produce surface stain. If you can’t ditch your daily cups of tea or coffee, try to add as much milk as possible as this will reduce staining of the teeth
2. Do not use homemade whitening remedies
Using recipes with ingredients like lemons or strawberries could actually do more harm than good. They will not whiten your teeth and can be very damaging, causing erosion to the enamel of your teeth.
3. Remember the basics
Brush your teeth twice a day, first thing in the morning and last thing at night. An electric toothbrush is best as they reduce plaque and gingivitis more than manual tooth-brushing in the short and long term.
4. Avoid fizzy drinks
Not only are sweet, sugary fizzy drinks very acidic and therefore likely to cause erosion, drinks like Coco-Cola can also stain teeth over time.
5. Choose a toothpaste with hydrogen peroxide
The whitening agent dental professionals use for teeth whitening is called hydrogen peroxide and any toothpastes without this ingredient will just remove surface stain and won’t actually whiten teeth.
Colgate Max White Expert White toothpaste and the Colgate Max White toothbrush plus whitening pen are the only products on the UK market with this professional whitening ingredient (0.1% hydrogen peroxide) and start to whiten teeth in just 5 days.
6. Use whitening products before you go to bed
Because your saliva glands switch off when you sleep, it’s best to use whitening products at night.
It will mean the product has a better chance of sticking to the teeth and whiten them rather than being washed away by saliva
We love our patients and love to help them form healthy dental life that will last them a lifetime. For more information call us today to answer all of your questions, so get an appointment today.