Simple Steps to Boost Your Whitening Results
After whitening your teeth, you're so excited about your new smile - and you want to make sure the brighter tint lasts as long as possible. Unfortunately, the world is filled with lurking threats to your white smile, and you may not be aware of them. This post will help you learn more about what you can do to encourage a beautiful grin in the long-term, and the staining habits to avoid after cosmetic treatment.
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How To Make a Whitened Smile Last
- Avoid staining drinks - Dark red or brown substances, tobacco, and highly acidic beverages will all lead to stains. Avoid them to keep yourself looking great! And rinse with water immediately afterwards when you do imbibe. Water cleanses your teeth and helps prevent stains from setting.
- Stay away from super hot or super cold beverages - Immediately after whitening your teeth, your enamel's pores are more accessible than usual. This means that they'll be more sensitive to hot and cold drinks, and you'll want to stay away from them for a short period of time to avoid discomfort.
- Try home touch-ups - No matter what you do, you will eventually see stains building back up on your teeth; that's the nature of life! But getting a home whitening kit will help you kick out stains in the months after treatment, and help your initial results appear to really last. Home whitening isn't as dramatic as in-office treatment, but it will help maintain the initial results.
- Stains not lightening? Try veneers or bonding - If your stains are intrinsic, whitening won't make a difference. In this case, creating a new layer with bonding or veneers will whiten your smile and cover up the stains for good. Plus, bonding composite and veneers aren't porous the way enamel is, so you don't have to worry about stains building back up.