Professional teeth whitening treatment is the most popular and affordable cosmetic dentistry treatment available today. Everyone likes a bright white smile; it gives the impression of radiant health, vitality, youthfulness, and warmth. More people are beginning to understand what a valuable personal asset a great smile can be, and are turning to teeth whitening to enhance their smiles.
At Biltmore Dental Center, patients can choose either an in-office or at home whitening treatment. The in office option can lighten teeth four to six shades in just one hour. The at home option usually takes three to four nights to lighten teeth four to six shades. Whichever method you choose, once you get them white you will want to keep them that way. Even with trays to touch up the treatment periodically, you may want to take other steps to maintain that bright white smile. Unfortunately, the habits that initially discolored your smile can do it again.
If you want to maintain the results of your whitening treatment, don’t use tobacco. Both cigarettes and “smokeless” tobacco discolor teeth very quickly and the stains are extremely difficult to remove.
Coffee, tea, fruit juices, soda, and wine are some of the most common causes of tooth discoloration. If you intend to continue consuming these beverages, sipping them through a straw will help most of the staining agents bypass your teeth. It is recommended to rinse with water after drinking any of these, even if you drank them through a straw.
Some of the foods that contribute to tooth discoloration are berries, pomegranates, cherries, curry sauce, tomato sauce, soy sauce, slushies, popsicles, balsamic vinegar, and beets. Any foods that will stain your clothes will stain your teeth. If you consume these foods, swallow quickly and brush or rinse your mouth immediately after eating them. The longer the staining pigments are in contact with your teeth the worse the discoloration will be.
Brushing your teeth after every meal and using floss daily will help keep your teeth brighter and your smile healthier. It is recommended that you have your teeth cleaned prior to a dental whitening treatment. This will ensure maximum contact between the whitening gel and your tooth enamel. For more information, or to schedule an appointment to put the sparkle back in your smile, call (602) 954-8200 today.