While professional tooth whitening results at our Waunakee, WI dentist's office are longer-lasting than over-the-counter whitening treatments, unfortunately, they are not always a lasting solution for whiter teeth. This is because over time, the same habits that darkened your teeth in the first place can cause them to appear darkened once again.
Extending the results of your teeth whitening process can be as simple as taking a few extra steps to keep your teeth as white as possible. These include avoiding foods and drinks known to cause tooth staining, such as coffee, tea, wine and berries, such as blueberries or strawberries. Other tooth-staining foods include soy sauce, curry and tomato sauce. If you can't bear the idea of starting your morning without a cup of coffee, consider drinking your coffee out of a straw. This helps to bypass your front teeth, reducing the staining effects.
If you smoke, extending the results of your teeth whitening is another good reason to consider quitting. Smoking can darken your teeth and continuing to smoke after your whitening procedure will only reduce the duration of effectiveness for your results. If you would like assistance in quitting smoking, please call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.
In addition to taking these steps, simply practicing good oral hygiene habits can also help keep your teeth bright and clean. This includes brushing your teeth at least twice per day and flossing to remove hard-to-reach plaque.
If you have tooth-staining habits that are difficult to break, talk to either Dr. Matthew Karls or Dr. Stanley Karls about the possibility of regular touch-ups. These could include six-month or yearly touch-ups to maintain your professional whitening results.
For more information on teeth whitening, call our Waunakee, WI dentist's office at (608) 849-4100.