You have just had your teeth whitened professionally, and they look great! Teeth whitening is one of those things that provide an almost instant boost to confidence, and can promote a sense of well-being, but unfortunately the results are not permanent as your teeth will gradually begin to revert to their natural colour, so can you make this cosmetic dental treatment last longer? The answer is definitely yes, as there are various things you can do, and small lifestyle changes that can prolong the effects. You can also have your teeth re-touched every so often, but it is important to follow our instructions and to not do this too frequently. Small changes you can make include:
Avoiding foods that could stain your teeth
You’ll probably already know that tea, coffee and red wine can stain your teeth, but it can be very difficult to give them up. If you are a tea drinker then you could try switching to white or green tea, and you’ll be able to enjoy the added health benefits of drinking these teas. If you like to drink coffee then one solution is to try to drink it with more milk, as this will help lessen its staining effects, and your teeth will benefit from the added calcium.
Red wine is a little trickier, and you may have to limit your consumption or accept that it will stain your teeth, but at least the occasional glass is good for your health! It is also worth avoiding acidic drinks such as white wine, diet drinks and fruit juices, or drinking these through a straw to minimise the contact they have with your teeth. Fruit teas can also be quite bad for teeth, especially berry flavoured teas as they are acidic and staining. Other well-known culprits include tomato based sauces and curries, and if you eat a lot of these it may be worth trying to switch to lighter coloured sauces, or keeping them for special occasions.
If you do want to eat foods that are staining then one trick is to keep a large glass of water handy, and to rinse your mouth at regular intervals to help dilute the effects of the food and drink.
Good Oral Hygiene Can Help Keep Teeth Whiter for Longer
Making sure you brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day can help keep your teeth whiter for longer as you’ll be removing some of the surface stains. Flossing is vital as it helps to remove food debris and plaque that could otherwise build up and cause the teeth to look yellow, and even more importantly will help keep your teeth and gums healthy. Using a whitening toothpaste or mouthwash may also help. Whitening toothpastes only contain mild abrasives to help remove surface staining, but whitening mouth washes can contain small amounts of bleach which will help to prolong the effects of your whitening treatment. It can also help to clean your tongue regularly, as this can harbour tannins that stain teeth.
Visiting your dentist at regular intervals for professional cleanings can also help to prolong the effects of tooth whitening in London. They’ll be able to scrape away all the hardened plaque, called calculus, and will polish your teeth which helps to remove some of the surface stains.
Obviously you can only do so much, and it is better to enjoy everything in moderation, especially as teeth whitening in London can be touched up every so often, either through use of our whitening trays or whitening system at home, or through visiting our dental surgery for an additional chair side treatment.