In-office teeth bleaching can target and remove teeth stains, and the results of in-office whitening procedures can last for more than a year in most cases. However, getting the most from your teeth bleaching procedure requires properly caring for your teeth in between dental visits.
Patients can help protect the results of their teeth bleaching treatment by limiting the consumption of (or avoiding) anything known to contribute to teeth stains, practicing good oral hygiene, and visiting the dentist for all scheduled cleanings and check-up visits. The following is a more detailed review of these three tips.
1. Avoid foods, drinks, and drugs that can contribute to teeth stains
Certain foods and beverages can stain teeth, which should be avoided as much as possible to protect the results from teeth bleaching. For example, it is important to avoid tomato-based dishes, soy sauce, fruit juices, coffee, tea, soft drinks, and other dark beverages. Also, smoking and the use of tobacco products can increase the risk of early teeth stains and compromise the results of a teeth bleaching procedure.
2. Use a whitening toothpaste and practice good oral hygiene
A whitening toothpaste can keep teeth looking bright after a teeth bleaching procedure. However, it may not be recommended for all patients. Be sure to talk to the dentist about how often it is okay to use a whitening toothpaste. In many cases, using a whitening toothpaste once per week is enough to keep teeth bright. More importantly, it is crucial to keep a consistent brushing and flossing schedule that consists of brushing two to three times a day and flossing regularly.
3. Visit the dentist for regular check-up and cleaning visits
The dentist can remove plaque and tartar that can accumulate on the visible surfaces of teeth over time. This can significantly help keep the results of teeth bleaching for longer, as the plaque and tartar often turn teeth a yellowish shade. These visits also enable the dentist to check on oral health and address any concerns promptly.
Teeth bleaching is recommended for patients with generally healthy teeth enamel who are interested in brightening their smile for cosmetic purposes. Most dentists recommend teeth bleaching either annually or once every year and a half, depending on how long the results typically last for the patient. The results should last for the entire time between teeth bleaching procedures.
If you have teeth stains or natural discoloration and want to achieve a bright smile that can increase your daily confidence, contact our dental office to schedule a visit. We offer teeth bleaching procedures in our office that are known to brighten teeth by up to as much as eight shades.
Request an appointment here: https://familydentistrypeoria.com or call Peoria Family Dentistry at 623-552-4665 for an appointment in our Peoria office.
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