Having pearly white teeth used to be associated with celebrities. Nowadays, professional teeth whitening is fast becoming a very popular treatment. Over the years, cosmetic dentistry treatments have advanced and more dentists are qualified to perform the procedures.
Professional teeth whitening is now affordable and most private dental practices in the UK offer it as a treatment. Whether it be an in chair or an at home solution, more and more people are having their confidence boosted from having pearly white teeth.
However, without the correct aftercare, your teeth won’t stay as dazzling for long. We have put together some tips on how to take care of your newly whitened teeth to make sure they stay pearly white for as long as possible.
Be careful of what you eat and drink
Strong drinks like coffee, tea and red wine can quickly stain whitened teeth so try to cut down on these. Fizzy drinks like coke can also stain teeth so it is important to limit your intake. We would also suggest using a straw when you drink them.
It’s not just drinks that stain your teeth. There are certain food that can also cause yellowing of the enamel. Curry, balsamic vinegar, berries and tomato sauce can all contribute to your teeth losing their whiteness.
After eating or drinking these foods, we would recommend rinsing (not brushing!) straight after to remove the stain-causing particles.
Smoking is a well-known cause of yellowing teeth. As well as being bad on your overall health, smoking has negative effects on your mouth and teeth. If you continue to smoke after having your teeth whitened, your teeth will quickly return to their former shade.
If you need help to kick the habit, there is plenty of advice and support available from your GP and other organisations.
Have a good oral hygiene routine
Following a good oral hygiene routine will make sure your teeth are kept not only white, but healthy and free of decay and gum disease. Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes and floss and rinse at least once daily. You can use a whitening toothpaste and mouthwash to prevent yellowing from reforming.
It is very important that you attend regular appointments with your dentist and hygienist, to make sure your teeth are kept in the best of health. Your hygienist will perform a treatment called a ‘scale and polish’ which gives your teeth a thorough clean, removing surface stains that can’t be done at home.
After a while, you may notice that your teeth are slowly returning back to their original yellowness. Whitening touch-ups may be required every six months to keep your teeth dazzling white.
At Gwersyllt Dental Care, we offer a home whitening treatment which is overseen by a qualified GDC registered dentist to make sure it is safe for your teeth and gums. Full results will be achieved within 21 days of using the whitening trays.
To book a free teeth whitening initial consultation, call us on 01978 757 409.