How to Extend the Results of Teeth Whitening

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How to Extend the Results of Teeth Whitening

Whitening your teeth can instantly give your smile a dramatic makeover. Learn how to maintain your teeth whitening results for longer with some simple tips.

Professional teeth whitening is an easy and effective way to whiten and brighten your smile. Our team at Laguna Vista Dental in Elk Grove, California, offers in-office teeth whitening services, as well as take-home whitening trays, to boost the appearance of your smile.

We specialize in whitening your teeth without harming your enamel or your gums. These issues can develop with over-the-counter whitening products that also make your teeth extra sensitive.

Once you get the bright, white smile you want, we can also help you keep it for as long as possible. 

How to prolong the results of teeth whitening

Here are some tips that prolong the results of your professional teeth whitening:

Drink lots of water

Drinking lots of water in the days after your whitening treatment will not only keep your body well hydrated, but it will also help prevent stains from building up on your teeth.

Brush and floss daily

Another great way to prevent the build-up of food particles and stains on your teeth is to brush and floss after meals and before you go to bed. You can also use whitening toothpaste to address any staining and keep your teeth sparkly white.

Avoid staining foods

While you might not be able to completely avoid foods and drinks that stain your teeth, you can limit them as much as possible. This includes coffee, tea, and wine. You should also limit citrus fruits and juices that can weaken your enamel and cause discoloration.

Use a straw

When you do drink liquids that can stain your teeth, consider using a straw. A straw helps keep the staining liquids away from your teeth, so they stay whiter longer.

Don’t smoke

If you smoke or use tobacco products, it’s likely your teeth will become stained again. There are many good reasons to quit using tobacco in addition to saving your smile, so find the resources you need to quit today. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers free quit plans to help you get started.

Schedule regular dental checkups

The best way to keep your teeth white and healthy is to follow through with routine dental visits at least twice a year. Our team at Laguna Vista Dental will inspect your teeth for plaque and clean away debris that can discolor your teeth.

While brushing and flossing is important for protecting the health of your teeth, you will still miss bacteria buildup in hard-to-reach areas. We can get to these during a professional dental cleaning to ensure your teeth are truly clean.

Why consider professional teeth whitening

The professional teeth whitening services we offer are an ideal way to instantly address yellowed, dull teeth without invasive procedures.

We use a professional-strength whitening agent that penetrates your enamel to tackle deep-set stains. In just an hour, we can get your smile up to eight shades whiter.

Professional whitening trays are also available that allow you to whiten and brighten your teeth at home. We use custom-fitted trays that mold to your teeth to ensure you get the best results.

If you’re ready to improve the look of your smile without damaging your teeth, schedule a consultation today by calling our office or requesting an appointment online to discuss your options.