If you’ve recently whitened your teeth professionally—whether your teeth were yellow because of aging or lifestyle, or if you simply wanted to boost your appearance for a wedding or other event—you want to make sure your results last as long as possible. Because whitening results will dim over time, we recommend touch-up treatments to keep your smile white.
After undergoing teeth whitening at our Sarasota, FL dental office, Dr. Deborah Simpkins also makes the following recommendations to patients to help ensure they enjoy their brighter smiles for as long as possible.
#1—Limit the Red Wine
Beverages like red wine and foods like curry are notorious for staining the teeth. If you do indulge, it’s always a good idea to rinse your mouth with water afterward. You can also consider switching over to white wine!
#2—Watch Your Coffee and Tea Consumption
Many of us enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in the morning, but you may want to limit your consumption of these tooth-staining beverages to keep your teeth whiter and brighter.
#3—Just Say No to Tobacco
If you smoke or use tobacco products, you already know it’s not good for your body or for your overall well-being. It’s not good for your oral health either! Smokers are much more prone to developing gum disease—and gum disease is the main reason adults lose their teeth. Smoking and tobacco products will also cause stains on your teeth and skin.
Talk to us if you need help quitting smoking, and we will be happy to steer you in the right direction. You can also find resources here.