How To Ensure My Teeth Whitening Lasts Longer

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When you get your teeth professionally whitened, you’ll notice a dramatic transformation right away! Results last between six months and two years. You no doubt want the whitening to last as long as possible, so what should you do? Here are the best tips for longer whitening.

Don’t Smoke

All tobacco products stain your teeth. That’s because they contain tar and nicotine, which are both known for staining your tooth’s enamel. They give your teeth a yellow or brown discoloration. Professional whitening can remove deep nicotine stains, but if you want your results to last, it’s a good idea to quit using tobacco.

Cut Back on Dark-Colored Beverages

Drinks cause staining because they wash over all your teeth. Dark drinks like wine, tea, and coffee also contain lots of tannins, which stick to teeth and cause gray or yellow discoloration. You shouldn’t drink any of these beverages right after you get your teeth whitened, but to make your results last, consider cutting back on them permanently. Using a straw can also help reduce staining.

Stay Hydrated

Drinking plenty of water helps wash staining agents (like dark liquids and plaque) off your teeth. Staying hydrated also helps prevent dry mouth, which is a condition that increases your risk for staining, cavities, and gum disease.

Maintain Good Brushing & Flossing Habits

Plaque and tartar can have a yellow or brown color, so keeping your teeth clean helps keep your teeth white. Brush at least twice a day for two minutes each time. You should also floss once a day since brushing can’t reach the tiny spaces between your teeth. Visit us every six months for a professional cleaning and exam.

Teeth Whitening at Santa Teresa Smiles in Santa Teresa, NM & El Paso, TX

At our office, we’re pleased to offer in-office and take-home whitening treatments. When you come to our office, whitening takes about an hour. If you want the convenience of at-home treatment with better results than over-the-counter products, we offer custom trays and whitening gel. If you’re ready to schedule a consultation with Dr. Oushy, please contact us today!