After you take the time to whiten your teeth, it's only natural that you would want to maintain your results for as long as possible. Dr. Eric Eby, your Okemos, MI dentist at Eby Dental Care, shares a few tips that will help you keep your smile bright.
Stay away from stain-causing foods and beverages
Brightly colored foods can stain your newly whitened teeth. If you want to avoid new stains, avoid or limit coffee, tea, cola, wine, sports drinks, grape juice, popsicles, tomatoes and berries. Keep in mind that anything that will stain a white tee shirt will also stain your teeth.
Rinse after eating and drinking
If you do indulge in any of those foods or beverages, rinse your mouth immediately. Rinsing can help reduce staining if you make a habit of swishing a little water around in your mouth after eating or drinking.
Quitting smoking isn't just good for your overall health. It's also good for your teeth. The nicotine and tobacco in cigarette, pipes and cigars stain teeth. If you continue to smoke after your whitening treatment, your teeth will soon look dull and yellow again.
Use a straw
Add a straw to your drinks to minimize staining. Straws deposit liquids past your teeth, minimizing your exposure to the foods and beverages that stain teeth.
Brush and floss
Brushing and flossing regularly can help remove substances before they can cause stains. Brush at least twice daily and floss once each day.
Visit your Okemos dentist every six months
Dental cleanings, part of your bi-yearly dental appointments, are an essential part of keeping your teeth white. During the appointments, the dental hygienist removes surface stains that mar your smile.
Take advantage of take-home whitening trays
Your dentist can offer you take-home trays that allow you to touch up your results any time you want. The trays are created using an impression of your mouth for a perfect fit. You'll just add a little whitening gel to the trays and enjoy a brighter smile in no time.
Professional teeth whitening offers a simple way to improve your appearance. Call Dr. Eby, your Okemos, MI dentist at Eby Dental Care, at (517) 349-9860 to schedule an appointment.