Now that you've whitened your teeth, learn how to keep that new smile for as long as possible.
You probably know by now that whitening your teeth is a simple and affordable way to rejuvenate your smile. Your teeth look great, but how do you maintain that look? While whitening treatments aren't designed to be permanent, an in-office bleaching procedure from Wehbe Family Dentistry can last as long as a year if you know how to care for it. Here are four steps your West Roxbury dentist recommends to keep your smile white.
Discuss With Your Dentist
Receiving an in-office whitening treatment at your southwest Boston dentist's office includes professional guidance on maintaining your new smile. While most dental professionals do agree that using over-the-counter whitening products are safe and somewhat effective, it's important to consult your dentist before starting a whitening regimen.
Abstain From Stains
If foods, drinks, or chemicals left your teeth discolored before, using them after your bleaching session will likely put you right back where you started. Cutting back on or completely quitting coffee, tea, soda, red wine and tobacco products will help to retain the bleaching effects. If you're not quite ready to give these up, remember to brush and rinse after partaking.
You might think that doubling up on whitening treatments is a smart move, but it can actually give you the opposite of what you're hoping to achieve. Overloading your teeth with bleaching chemicals can weaken the protective enamel, which can lead to sensitivity, uneven coloration or a dull appearance if the shiny enamel has been completely stripped away.
Stay Current on Cleaning
It is important to remember that all teeth, regardless of cosmetic treatment, need to be brushed, flossed and professionally cleaned and checked on twice a year. This can alert you and your eastern Massachusetts dentist to any problems that might arise so that they can be corrected promptly.
Drs. Wehbe, Duka, Dahar and Stipho are excited to explore the various whitening options with you. Give them a call today!
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