When your teeth are stained, you can usually brighten them with professional teeth-whitening treatment. Afterward, however, your teeth can stain again, making teeth-whitening treatment necessary again. Some stains will appear no matter how well you take care of your teeth, yet how soon they reappear after your treatment is largely up to you. Today, we offer a few tips for after your teeth-whitening treatment to help you inhibit stain development and keep your smile bright and attractive for longer.
Keep up with good hygiene
Good hygiene is a basic life principle, but it also matters to your smile’s appearance. Plaque, which consists of hundreds of types of oral bacteria, weakens the outer layer of enamel on your teeth. This makes it easier for the enamel to stain when exposed to colorful food molecules, or to substances like alcohol and tobacco.
Don’t be a stranger at your dentist’s office
Like plaque, its calcified form (tartar) plays a big role in your smile’s appearance. It’s also a high risk factor for other issues, like tooth decay, that can cause more severe internal tooth discoloration. Keeping your smile stain-free requires regular checkups and cleanings at your dentist’s office as much as consistently good hygiene at home.
Watch what you eat
The darker your food and beverages, the more likely they are to stain your teeth. The longer you let these substances stay on your teeth, the faster those stains will appear. Try to limit how often you snack and eat dark-colored foods, and rinse your mouth with water immediately afterward to remove them as soon as possible.
Learn More About Professional Teeth-Whitening
You might not always avoid the need for teeth-whitening, but with these tips, you can make sure that your smile gets the most out of each treatment. To learn more, schedule a consultation with your dentist by calling Pure Smile Dental in Plano, TX today at 972-517-1297.