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Are you happy with the results you got from having professional teeth whitening done? Do you want to make your smile shine longer? You can have confidence in both professional and personal settings with a whiter smile. Here are some great ways to improve the effects of teeth whitening.

How long does teeth whitening last?

With proper care, professional teeth whitening treatments can last for up to three years However, some patients see results that last longer. Your care habits can affect the results of your treatment.

These simple tips will help you smile confidently with the extended results of your teeth-whitening treatment.

What you eat matters…

How you eat is a key factor in maintaining your teeth whitening results. Some foods and beverages stain more than others. It is possible to avoid foods and drinks that stain teeth.

Tobacco

This is the time to stop smoking if you have just decided to brighten your smile with professional whitening. Smoking is not only bad for your lungs but can also cause unsightly yellow or brown teeth stains.

You can extend the effectiveness of your teeth whitening treatments by quitting using tobacco products. This will also help you improve your overall health and well-being.

Limit sodas, coffee, and dark-colored beverages

The effects of a morning cup or two of coffee can lead to yellowing of teeth. It’s not only coffee that can stain your teeth. You should be aware that soda, which is dark-colored and effervescent, can stain your teeth.

Soda is also low in nutritional value. It coats your teeth in sugar, which makes it easier for bacteria and plaque to form. This is not healthy for your teeth or gives it the appearance of shiny white teeth.

Red wine and hot tea can stain teeth quicker than drinking water. Drink sodas and iced teas with a straw to ensure that the beverage does not stain your teeth enamel.

If you can’t resist a cup of coffee, try adding a creamer to reduce the staining effect of black coffee. After you finish your cup of tea, you can rinse your mouth with fresh water to clean your teeth.

Foods that can keep your teeth white

You can stain your teeth with certain foods and drinks, but you can also eat foods to keep your teeth white. Certain foods can act as a natural toothbrush and remove staining particles.

These foods are good for keeping your teeth white:

  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Onions
  • Cheese

Brush, floss, and repeat

Although this is obvious, it’s important to remember. Brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice daily, every day is a great way to maintain good oral hygiene. It also keeps your teeth whiter and more polished. You can keep your teeth looking great by removing bacteria and foods that can build up on your teeth. This is especially important if you drink red wine, coffee, tea, or soda.

To help with surface stains and yellowing, you may want to use whitening toothpaste at least once a week.

Keep up regular check-ups & professional cleanings

At least two professional cleanings should be done each year. Regular professional dental cleanings help to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Our dentist will notify you if there are any signs of decay or gum disease and will remove plaque and stains.

Professional dental cleanings are just like your at-home routine. They help you keep your smile bright and healthy for the long term.

Get whitening touch-up treatments

You may consider professional whitening touch-up treatments a few times per year or even once a year depending on your lifestyle, diet, and oral hygiene habits. You can choose to have a take-home or in-office whitening treatment.

You can extend the life of your initial teeth-whitening treatment with touch-up whitening. This will allow you to maintain your brightest smile even after your first experience.

How often can your teeth be whitened?

Our experts at Associated Dentist can tell you how often your teeth can be whitened. If your teeth don’t have a lot of sensitivity, you can use over-the-counter whitening to maintain professional results.

Professional teeth whitening products work better than over-the-counter products. Because the results can be so dramatic, it is important to have your teeth whitened professionally. However, you can use over-the-counter products to prolong the life of professional results.

Contact us to learn more about professional teeth whitening in Madison and Verona or to book an appointment.