A gleaming white smile can be a real confidence booster and one way to get a bright white smile is through cosmetic bleaching of the teeth. Cosmetic bleaching is a great way to bring up the whiteness levels of your teeth, but depending on your daily habits, over time your teeth can become stained and discolored again. Here are some tips to help you maintain that whiteness for longer period of time:
Cut down on stain inducing food and drinks
Certain foods and drinks are well known to cause discoloration and staining over time. These include red wine, cola, coffee, and tea. Cutting down on the consumption of these beverages or completely removing them from your diet will help keep your smile whiter for longer. Drinking with a straw can also help as this will avoid the drink having direct contact with your teeth. Certain foods, such as strong Indian curries containing turmeric, can also stain teeth. Any strongly colored food will generally cause some staining or discoloration, so if you want to keep your teeth white for longer, best to keep consumption of strongly colored foods to a minimum.
Use a good quality whitening toothpaste once or twice a week to help remove surface stains and prevent discoloration. If you smoke, use a smoker’s toothpaste treatment which usually contains bicarbonate of soda. This will help reduce the staining effects of smoke. To cut down the effects of stain causing beverages or food, immediately brush your teeth or rinse out your mouth once consumed.
Take care of your teeth in general. Good oral hygiene will cut down any future problems such as cavities. Brush at least twice daily with a good quality toothpaste and remember to floss at least once a day to remove food debris and plaque.
The health implications of smoking are well known, but it also has a strong staining property on the teeth. Consider giving up smoking; not just for your internal health, but also for the sake of your smile.
Touch up treatment
If you have had your teeth whitened, consider a touch up treatment to keep them looking their best. How often you need to touch up your teeth depends upon your daily habits, such as whether you smoke or not, and how often you consume stain causing food and drinks. If you smoke and drink coffee or tea daily, chances are you will need to have a touch up every six months or so. If you do not smoke, and do not eat and drink many stain causing foods, you will likely only need to touch up every couple of years.
If you decide to have your teeth whitened, make sure you use the services of a professional smile design dentist surgery. They can evaluate your teeth and your smile design, and offer you the best solution. Most commonly, teeth whitening can be done either via laser or via home-bleaching method. Laser whitening creates an instant white smile, but at more of a cost than bleaching at home. Home-bleaching involves having a custom made mouth guard created at the dentist surgery, and using whitening gel over time to create the desired whiteness. Your dentist can advise you on both methods and leave the choice up to you.