So you’ve gone to the effort and expense of having your teeth whitened by a dentist Kelowna residents recommend. But now what? Your teeth look great now, but how do you keep them looking that way for as long as possible?
Teeth whitening isn’t a permanent solution. Over time, things like staining and plaque buildup will cause your teeth to lose their lustre. If you’re not careful, the loss of whiteness can become apparent in as little as one month.
However, if you’re diligent with your oral hygiene practices, your pearly whites will stay brighter for much longer. Here are a number ways you can achieve that:
1. Avoid foods that stain
There are a number of foods and drinks that contain pigments, tannins and other staining properties. Over time, these can adhere to, or work their way into the surface of your teeth, which can lead to a smile that isn’t as bright.
Unfortunately, some of the main culprits also happen to be some of our favourite beverages:
- Red and white wine
- Berries (blueberries, blackberries, pomegranate etc.)
2. Use a straw
If you’re adamant about consuming the aforementioned stain-causing beverages, using a straw will help the liquid bypass your front teeth. However, you might look a little odd sipping a glass of merlot through a straw at a fancy restaurant, so you might want to pick and choose when you use this technique.
3. Brush right away after meals
Food and drinks that stain your teeth do the most damage when they’re left to sit in your mouth. So whenever you’re finished your meal (or beverage), you should swish and rinse with some water.
Better yet, take a few moments and give your teeth a quick brush. This will dislodge any leftover food particles, as well as weaken or eliminate any stain-causing foods.
4. Maintain good oral care practices
As mentioned, plaque buildup can easily undermine your efforts to have whiter teeth. In fact, plaque is what causes your teeth to take on a yellowish tinge.
A dentist Kelowna patients rely on for sound advice will likely recommend some of the following oral hygiene habits:
- Brushing at least twice a day
- Flossing at least once a day
- Rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash
- Scheduling regular visits to your Kelowna dental centre
Not only will these practices promote whiter teeth, but they’ll also lead to healthier, stronger teeth and gums.
5. Go for periodic touch-ups
If you happen to notice the brightness fading from your teeth, don’t worry. You likely won’t need to go in for a full teeth-whitening service with your Kelowna dentist.
There are a number of products available, such as a Liquid Smiles pen, which you can carry with you and apply as needed.
There are also a number of whitening toothpastes that you can use once or twice a week to keep your smile sparkling white.
Whether you’re visiting us for cosmetic or general dentistry, we provide a comfortable experience with results that will last. Contact us to book an appointment today!
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