How to keep your teeth whiter for long?
Worried about longevity of your whitened teeth? Your Dentist at Brier Creek Smiles in North Raleigh has an answer.
To begin with, teeth whitening is NOT PERMANENT in the true sense of the word! On an average, it remains fully white (just like the day you underwent the procedure) for a maximum of 3 years, provided, you have sternly followed your oral hygiene steps through out those years. But for this you need to adopt noble habits. Some people even go to the extent of giving up coffee or red wine in order to maintain their teeth! So,
What can you do to hold on to that whiteness of your teeth for longer?
There are more than a few ways that can help you in maintaining that whiter look for months, even up to a year or more. Let’s take a look at some of the easy-to-do-things you can do.
Avoid food that can stain your teeth
- Avoid staining foods like tea, coffee, dark chocolate, tomato sauce etc. [as a thumb rule, know that whichever eatable permanently stains you white dress, stains your whitened teeth too.] Smoking hugely affects the color of your teeth. Avoid, or better still quit smoking if possible. It is best suited for your oral health.
Get into the habit of brushing your teeth
- Even if you are not able to keep these habits at bay, get into the habit of brushing your teeth immediately after having them. Apart from this, twice regular brushing and flossing once daily are a must.
Go for Touch-Up sessions
- Go for touch-up treatments. Depending upon the whitening method that you have undergone, you will have to turn up for touch up sessions after a certain interval. That might range from 6 months to 1 year or even more.
Which among the following teeth whitening methods can suit you best?
Are you wondering as to which method of whitening would best suit you? Let us have a glimpse of the teeth whitening procedures that you could be exposed to when you are visiting your dentist in North Raleigh…
This process score over self applied ones because the desired results are arrived upon at the same day of the treatment. You visit the dental office and the bleaching job is done within an hour. However, although it comes expensive, yet, most of you out there are sure to go for this in order to meet up with your busy schedule!
Teeth whitening toothpaste
They do not actually “bleach” your teeth. In fact, they have certain abrasive agents that help to remove stains from the surface.
At-home teeth whitening treatments
At home treatments are usually done with the help of whitening trays and gels. The effectiveness of these items depend upon the amount of peroxide in the gel. Normally the percentage available in the OTC products are 10, 16 or 22 percent. Gels and trays obtained from your dentist would not only contain a higher percentage of peroxide but they could also be custom-made to your personal needs. However, the time required for these products to yield the desired results could be anywhere between 3 days to a couple of weeks even! They are worn for a couple of hours or overnight during this period.
These are comparatively inexpensive and available in almost every drug store these days. However, they might take a longer duration in producing effective results depending on the peroxide levels again.
Some eatables present right inside your kitchen are capable of doing the job of a natural whitener! They are…baking soda, table salt, Vitamin C foods. They contain certain levels of peroxides depending upon which their effectiveness comes into play.
Why end up at the office of your North Raleigh Dentist?
The type of whitening method you opt for, therefore, greatly determines the longevity of your teeth whiteness. In order to find out which whitening method is best suited for you, you need to visit your dentist at Brier Creek Smiles in North Raleigh and have a personal interaction with Dr. Doan Tran. He gives advises to his patients based on their preference and convenience as well.
You can schedule an appointment or call us for a consultation. We are eager to meet you in person and discuss the options that will suit your requirement as well as your budget.