How to Extend the Results of Teeth Whitening

How to Extend the Results of Teeth Whitening

Yellowing teeth are a natural part of the aging process, but you don’t have to resign yourself to having stained, dull teeth as you grow older. Today’s professional teeth-whitening products are effective, safe, and long-lasting. And once you achieve your desired “shade of brighter,” there are steps you can take to keep your teeth looking whiter for longer.

Here at Cherry Family Dental in San Jose, California, Misty Henne, DMD, and Chloe Chu, DDS offer the latest teeth-whitening treatments, so you can remove a lifetime of stains and get a whiter smile that lasts. We put together a list of practical things you can do at home to extend the results of your professional teeth-whitening treatment.

What you should know about teeth whitening

Before we discuss how to extend your teeth-whitening treatments, you should know that professional bleaching treatments are highly effective at removing common stains like:

Since your teeth are porous like your skin, over time they become discolored from the foods and beverages you consume. And if you’re a smoker, you’re exacerbating the yellowing process with tobacco stains.

Teeth-whitening treatments at Cherry Family Dental, both the in-office kind or the at-home kits we send with you, can safely restore a whiter smile. We take special precautions to minimize gum sensitivity and keep you comfortable during your in-office treatment. Once you achieve your whiter smile — often in a single in-office whitening session — the results can last up to three years.

Steps you can take to maximize your results

These practical, easy steps can help you maintain your whitening results as long as possible.

Stop smoking

For health reasons, and for the sake of your newly whitened teeth, you should stop using tobacco products of any kind. Smoking and chewing tobacco are a sure way to reduce the effects of your whitening treatments.

Drink less coffee and tea

Cut back on coffee and tea, or switch to white teas that won’t stain your teeth like black teas do. You can also add some cream to tea and coffee to make it a little less harsh on your teeth.

Eliminate dark-colored sodas

Sodas are bad for your teeth in general. They’re one of the worst things you can consume when it comes to tooth decay, and they leave stains on your teeth. It’s best to eliminate them from your diet altogether.

Drink more water

Drinking water is beneficial to your overall dental health, and it rinses foods from your teeth. Even if you do drink coffee or tea, swish some water through your mouth right afterward to help cleanse your teeth when you can’t immediately brush with a fluoride toothpaste.

Drink white wine instead of red

If you drink wine, consider switching to white to minimize the stains from dark, red wines.

Brush and floss regularly

Now that your teeth are bright and clean, you’ll want to keep them that way. If you need to step up your home-care routine, after a whitening treatment is the perfect time to do so.

Floss your teeth, then brush with a fluoride toothpaste. You may also want to consider using a dentist-approved mouthwash.

Come in for regular dental cleanings

Keep your teeth looking their best by coming to Cherry Family Dental for all your regularly scheduled cleanings. A professional tooth polishing can help extend your whitening results.

Boost your brightness with an at-home touch-up whitening kit

You can’t stop your teeth from yellowing as you age, so you may need an at-home whitening kit to maintain your desired shade of white. Our take-home kits make it easy to boost your brightness, and we advise you on how often you need to do it for optimal results.

Want to learn more about at-home or in-office whitening treatments and how to maintain your most beautiful smile? We’ve got answers to all of your questions. Just give us a call at 408-495-4730 to schedule an appointment or contact us online through the booking tool.

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