More and more people get their teeth whitened every year. In fact, teeth whitening has become a standard service at many dental practices, and growth in the industry is expected to increase by 4% from 2017-2021. Most of this growth is thanks to patients who are deciding to have their teeth whitened in a dental office, instead of using less effective home teeth whitening products.
At Avalon Dental in San Ramon, California, Dr. Cliff Broschinsky delivers exceptional results for our patients, including clinical-level teeth whitening to make your smile shine. After whitening, they recommend you follow these tips to help keep your results for as long as possible.
Regular, attentive home oral hygiene habits are the best way to extend the results of your teeth whitening. Ideally, you’d brush and floss after each meal, but at least strive for brushing morning and night, along with flossing at night. Swishing water in your mouth after meals can help, as can drinking water after a sugary beverage or snack.
Using mouthwash before you go to bed at night and when you wake up in the morning can help knock down any lingering bacteria that can cause unsightly stains. Look for an antiseptic mouthwash, not just a cosmetic one.
Coffee and red wine stand as two of the most common culprits when it comes to darkened teeth. Both beverages contain dark-colored compounds that transfer easily to your enamel.
Other foods and drinks to limit or avoid include tea, turmeric, soy sauce, tomato products, beets, berries, and dark chocolate. If you can’t give up your favorites, you can simply remember to brush your teeth after consuming any staining foods or beverages.
Nicotine and tobacco products not only contain staining compounds, but they also harbor chemicals that can contribute to enamel erosion. Any type of tobacco product, even a vaping device, can cause tooth damage, along with yellow or brown discoloration. Kicking the habit can give you more than one reason to smile!
Getting your recommended biannual dental cleanings can extend your results. You can even get a touch-up to your teeth whitening right after your regular dental hygiene appointment. This will help you to maintain your white smile year round.
Do-it-yourself teeth whitening products are weaker than what we can provide in your office, and they also carry risks of whitening compounds that cause tooth sensitivity or even damage.
In-office teeth whitening helps ensure professional-grade results — leaving you with an even, bright white smile that has staying power.
If you’re ready to brighten your teeth and feel more confident in your smile, get in touch with Avalon Dental today. Schedule an appointment by calling our office at 925-362-8180 or book your appointment online.