6 Ways to Extend the Life of Smile Whitening

Earlier this month, we wrote about how a smile makeover is a great way to go into fall feeling good about yourself. One of the services you might include in your makeover is smile whitening. Whether it’s a standalone treatment or part of a larger transformation, you’ll want your results to last as long as possible.

Fortunately, there are many things you can do to keep your smile looking bright and beautiful! You can:

  • Brush Gently – Brushing is an important part of keeping your teeth white. However, overly vigorous brushing can cause enamel to wear away. If this happens, the yellow dentin inside your teeth becomes visible. To avoid damaging enamel, use a soft-bristled brush and a gentle touch. 
  • Stop Smoking – Have you been to a smokers’ lounge? If so, you’ve probably seen ceilings, walls, and furnishings that are stained from nicotine. The same thing can happen to teeth. Breaking a smoking habit doesn’t just keep your teeth whiter, it helps the overall condition of your smile. Smokers are twice as likely to get gum disease as non-smokers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Limit Your Exposure to Staining – Lots of foods and beverages can discolor your teeth, including tomato sauce, coffee, and red wine. Use a straw when consuming them, when possible, to lessen contact with your teeth. Rinse your mouth out with water immediately after you’ve had staining substances. 
  • Drink Plenty of Water – Drink more water and less staining beverages like soda and coffee. The water helps rinse away food residue that can stain your teeth. 
  • Use a Whitening Toothpaste – There are lots of whitening toothpastes on the market. We’re happy to offer our recommendations. You can also mix a bit of baking soda with hydrogen peroxide to make a paste. Use it to gently brush teeth for two minutes. Then leave it on your teeth for another minute or two. Don’t use more than once a week. 
  • See Us for Regular Teeth Cleanings – Visit our office every six weeks for a professional cleaning. We’ll remove surface staining and polish your teeth, so they feel and look great. 

Want to schedule an appointment for smile whitening or another service? Call Charlotte Dentistry at 704-285-0846 to schedule your appointment in Charlotte, NC. You can also schedule online.