How to Extend the Results of Teeth Whitening

Teeth-whitening treatments are in high demand, and most patients who have had this cosmetic dentistry procedure love the way their brightened smiles look. At La Michoacana Dental Clinic, we offer the revolutionary KöR ® Whitening system to patients in the Houston area. Once your smile's been turned up to high wattage, you'll want to keep that bright appearance for as long as possible. To extend your results, follow these helpful tips.

Maintaining the color of your enamel

A natural coating of enamel covers and protects the exterior of your teeth. Enamel is extremely strong, but it's vulnerable to stains from things you eat, drink, or take in through your mouth. When you get a whitening treatment, you deep-clean your enamel, leaving your smile bright and sparkling. To maintain your results, consider how you can reduce or handle stains before they have a chance to set in and discolor your teeth.

Watch out for stains

Anything you take in through your mouth can stain your teeth. That includes food, beverages, smoke from cigarettes, and even dark lipstick.

Watch out for foods and drinks like:

Eating items from this list could leave your teeth discolored all over again. To maintain your whitening results for as long as possible, try to cut back on these items, or avoid them altogether.

Keep a clean mouth for good color

If you don't want to give up your morning cup of coffee, improve your dental hygiene. Even rinsing your mouth after you've eaten or drunk something that could potentially leave stains will help lessen discoloration of your teeth. Smoking causes damage to your enamel in addition to leaving stains, so try quitting or cutting back.

Keeping your teeth well-brushed and flossed won't just keep your smile bright. The better the condition of your teeth, the better whitening treatments will work to refresh their color and brightness. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day, using a small circular motion to dislodge any food and remove plaque. Whitening toothpaste can be more effective for brightening your teeth, but any lightly abrasive toothpaste will work to remove or reduce stains. You should floss at least once a day, or more often as needed.

Stay up to date on your dental cleaning appointments, as well. Your teeth should be professionally cleaned at least twice a year. During your cleaning appointments, members of our care team can talk with you about any additional dental concerns, including discoloration problems.

To learn more about teeth whitening, or to get started with a whitening treatment, contact La Michoacana Dental Clinic today. Adelina Pablos Monty, DDS, Tameka Knight, DDS, Austin Teitelbaum, DDS, and the rest of the dental team offer treatments at two convenient locations in Houston, Texas. To schedule your appointment, call our offices, or book online.

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