After you brighten your smile with a whitening treatment you want those pearly whites to be as white as possible for as long as possible. The last thing you want to see is discolouration. Here are a few steps you can follow to help maintain your whiter smile.
Keep your mouth, gums and teeth clean, healthy and stain-free by brushing and flossing your teeth daily. Make sure you brush twice a day, preferably after breakfast and before you go to bed. Purchase a toothpaste that includes fluoride as it can strengthen your tooth‚Äôs enamel and protect your teeth from cavities and plaque.
Avoid Stain-Causing Foods and Drinks
- Avoid drinking coffee, tea, wine and sports drinks. If you can‚Äôt live without them, drink these beverages with a straw and rinse your mouth with water afterwards.
- Avoid certain foods like hard lollies, berries and tomato sauces as they can contribute to tooth discolouration. Take your toothbrush and toothpaste with you to brush after meals.
- Quit smoking, as smoking tobacco can cause your teeth to become yellow and discoloured.
Add These Foods to Your Diet
Although there a foods out there that can discolour your teeth, there are also foods that naturally whiten your teeth.
- Broccoli ‚Äì contains high levels of iron that can coat the enamel of the tooth to protect it from stains, harmful bacteria and acid erosion.
- Oranges ‚Äì the white skin of an orange can be used to remove tartar build up and minimise plaque.
- Carrots ‚Äì the abrasive surface can help remove surface stains and polish your teeth.
- Cheese ‚Äì the lactic acids in cheeses can protect your teeth from future decay.
Regularly Visit Your Dentist
Visit your dentist at least twice a year for regular check-ups. Your dentist or dental hygienist can maintain your pearly white smile by polishing away any extrinsic (surface) stains. Professional cleaning can safely and effectively use abrasive actions to fight discoloration without having to bleach your teeth again.
Sometimes after having a teeth whitening treatment your teeth can become sensitive. If this happens to you then there are a few options you can take to reduce the pain.
- Brush with formulised sensitivity toothpastes ‚Äì they include ingredients like potassium nitrate, which help to relieve the pain caused by tooth sensitivity.
- Try chewing gum ‚Äì saliva is produced when you chew gum, which helps to prevent tooth decay. The physical action of chewing can also distract people from the pain of tooth sensitivity.
- Avoid whitening for a while ‚Äì stop using whitening products or services for a while to allow your teeth to become less sensitive.
At Dr Levi‚Äôs, we provide three safe and effective whitening treatments that will ensure you leave with the best results. To keep your smile looking its best, call us on (02) 9283 1900 or contact us via our¬†form¬†to enquire about our highly effective treatments or receive more information.