Professional teeth whitening can brighten your smile if you have stained, yellowed, or discolored teeth. Once your teeth are white and you have reached your smile aesthetic goals, you will want to keep it this way as long as possible. Your dentist can provide advice about maintaining your pearly white smile. Here, Dr. Greg Reece, a dentist in Charlotte, NC, outlines three ways you can avoid teeth discoloration after a professional whitening procedure.
Avoid staining agents
Though teeth can become discolored with age or due to medication, there are substances that are known to stain your teeth. Dark-colored food and beverages, including red wine, coffee, and tea, contain staining agents that can cause your teeth to lose their ideal white color, even after professional whitening. These items should be enjoyed in moderation or excluded from your diet to avoid discoloration. Tobacco is another staining agent that should be avoided. Ceasing tobacco usage can have additional health benefits besides preserving your white smile.
Keep proper oral hygiene
Proper oral hygiene habits remove plaque from your teeth which reduces the risk of damage to the enamel. This care can preserve the white color of your teeth too. Dentists recommend brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily. Flossing should be done at night ideally so that the plaque that develops throughout the day can be removed. Mouthwash can help get rid of hard-to-reach bacteria in your mouth. Good oral hygiene can keep your gums healthy, too, avoiding disease, which can cause your gums to recede and expose teeth to further damage, including discoloration.
Visit your dentist regularly
Proper oral hygiene includes regular dental cleanings and check-ups. During a routine dental cleaning, your dentist will remove plaque and tartar that develops on teeth, especially in spots missed by traditional tooth brushing. This cleaning can ensure your teeth remain clean and can avoid staining. Your dentist will examine your teeth and gums for signs of decay or misalignment that may also affect your oral health. You can discuss professional teeth whitening touch-up appointments with your dentist during your regular visit. Dentists recommended scheduling cleaning appointments every six months.
Teeth whitening available in Charlotte, NC
Dentistry of the Queen City offers professional teeth whitening for patients in Charlotte, NC. Dr. Reece also provides other cosmetic services and general and restorative dentistry to patients of all ages. To schedule an appointment with us, contact our office online or reach us by phone at 704.486.8911.