If you decide to lighten your smile with professional teeth whitening from David A Rice DDS in Elgin, you want the results to last as long as possible. But the same things that stained your teeth before the treatment can stain them afterward. To help slow things down, we have suggestioins to make that stunning smile last.
First, rinse daily with anti-cavity rinse. This boosts dental hygiene, minimizes bacteria, slows the accumulation of plaque, and also helps whiten your teeth. Additionally, there are many over-the-counter rinses with an extra whitening agent which will help lengthen the results of the whitening process.
There are some daily practices to avoid because they will stain your teeth over time. These include drinking coffee, tea, soft drinks, red wine, smoking, and even some medications. If you cannot totally cut these out of your life, rinse your mouth out after you use them.
Avoid acidic foods and beverages. These can weaken or wear away the enamel on your teeth, and worn-away enamel allows the yellow dentin to show through.
Artificial coloring in any food items can stain your newly whitened teeth. Candy, popsicles, and fruit punch are examples.
Remember the Basics
We probably don’t need to remind you, but brushing your teeth properly a couple times a day will help you keep your white smile. You may choose a toothpaste with extra whitening or baking soda to help the process. Proper brushing should take you at least two minutes using short brush strokes, paying close attention to the gum line and hard-to-reach areas. Clean the outer surfaces of your upper, then lower teeth, including the inner surfaces. Finally, don’t forget the chewing surfaces and your tongue. Using good brushing techniques for 120 seconds will benefit oral hygiene, and permanent stains will not build up as fast.
Professional teeth whitening from David Rice DDS in Elgin gives you the brilliant smile you’ve always wanted, and a little extra effort at home makes it last. Other services include dental implants. Call for an appointment today.