Dental implants can make a smile look fabulous – I know I have them. However, if you are just thinking about getting them, you may have a lot of questions. You may be wondering how smoking affects implants, whether or not wine will stain them, if they can be whitened or other concerns. I also know from experience that it can be intimidating to ask some of these questions to your dentist. In my dental implant blog, I am going to answer the questions that can be hard to ask. I hope you find the info you need in this blog and that it guides you to the right decision about dental implants. Thanks for reading!
Professional teeth whitening, whether you choose laser or tray whitening, provides effective bleaching of your teeth. While it lasts a long time, it won't last forever. You can prolong the amount of time the whitening result lasts with the following tips.
Brush and Floss Daily
One of the best ways to keep your teeth bright and white after professional whitening is to keep brushing and flossing every day. This will keep your mouth healthy and reduce decay, which is often what causes yellowing and discolouration of the teeth. Remember to brush and floss twice every day. Your dentist might also recommend switching to a whitening toothpaste and mouthwash. If your dentist recommends brushing or swishing with mouthwash after meals, go ahead and follow that advice.
Be Careful What You Consume
Certian drinks and foods can actually cause more discolouration on your teeth, even after having the teeth bleached. Avoid dark-coloured liquids like coffee, tea, red whine, and brightly-coloured juices. Not only do many of these drinks contain sugar and acid, which is already bad for your teeth, but the colour can cause your whitening to fade faster. Also be careful about foods like dark berries. If you are having a smoothie with berries, use a straw so the colour bypasses your front teeth. If you have any of these foods or drinks, drink plenty of water afterward.
Get Regular Touch-Ups
Depending on the type of professional whitening procedure you got, you might be able to do the occasional touch-up at home to keep your teeth white. For example, if you got tray whitening done by your dentist, you were given custom trays that can be used at home. You should not use them more often than recommended, but for the occasional touch-up, they work very well. Make sure that you use the whitening gel from your dentist and avoid using one you get at the drug store.
Continue Seeing Your Dentist
Regular dental appointment are appointment for overall oral health, as well as keeping your teeth beautiful and white. Your dentist will examine your teeth and let you know if they see any signs of decay, which can be treated immediately. By taking care of the decay early, you help to avoid obvious discolouration later on. If you get laser teeth whitening, you can also choose to have the procedure repeated during these check-up appointments, as getting it after a professional teeth whitening is often recommended. For more information, contact companies like Complete Dental Care.