How to Extend the Results of Teeth Whitening

There’s nothing quite like the feeling you get after a professional teeth whitening treatment. You feel younger, more confident, and ready to face the world with a whole new outlook. Keep that feeling as long as possible by taking care of your newly whitened teeth and avoiding the pitfalls that could undo the process.

Here at Marietta Dental and Implant Center, Dr. Damian Sommerville brightens smiles for countless folks throughout Marietta and is known for his compassionate and individualized approach to dental care. If you’ve been thinking about getting your teeth whitened, Dr. Sommerville specializes in vanquishing the stains that have dulled and yellowed your teeth over the years. 

We use the professional-grade KöR® system, which involves a gel form of hydrogen peroxide in mouth trays that you use at home. Once you get the results you’re after, keep your teeth white for as long as you can by following Dr. Sommerville’s handy guidelines.

1. Do your homework

Don’t be alarmed if you notice your teeth gradually taking on a bit of the color you had before your treatment, as this is normal and will make your teeth much more natural-looking. But to keep new stains down to a minimum after your whitening treatment, Dr. Sommerville sends you home with a maintenance kit that allows you to touch up your smile about once a month at home.

Under most circumstances, you’ll be able to keep your pearly whites in tip-top shape with just one monthly at-home treatment at night. But if you have teeth that take on stains quickly or are discolored due to certain medications, you may need the Accelerated Maintenance program. If so, Dr. Sommerville can set you up with the right system for you.

2. Keep up with cleanings

Let’s face it, stains are going to happen. Whether or not you’ve had your teeth whitened, regular cleanings by your hygienist are critical to your dental health. That’s the only way to really make sure you get rid of tartar buildup that makes your teeth look old and unhealthy.

After a professional whitening treatment, it’s even more important to keep up those cleanings. Our hygienists are experts at removing stubborn stains and polishing your teeth so they remain as white and healthy as possible.

3. Rinse and spit

Brushing after every meal isn’t always possible, but rinsing is usually doable. If you’ve eaten something you know can stain your teeth, a good swish of clean water can rinse away the worst of the pigments so they don’t linger on your teeth. 

Chewing sugar-free gum is another way to rid your mouth of stain agents. It stimulates your glands to produce saliva, which helps wash away the residue that causes stains.

4. Cut back on stain-causing culprits

You don’t need to go cold turkey and quit eating and drinking all your favorite foods and beverages, but it’s best if you can curb your cravings for the worst culprits. You probably know the ones that cause you problems, since they’re likely the things that led you to seek a teeth whitening treatment in the first place. 

Nevertheless, here is a reminder of some items you should limit if you’re trying to keep the stains at bay:

5. Brush a lot (but not too hard)

You know that good oral hygiene is essential for a healthy mouth and sparkling smile, but if you don’t do it right, brushing can cause more damage than good. 

Dr. Sommerville recommends a soft toothbrush used with a soft and gentle motion. Many people mistakenly believe that a hard brush and vigorous brushing is more effective at getting rid of plaque and tartar, but that can easily harm your gums and create a perfect environment for infection and disease. So do brush at least twice a day to keep the stains at bay, but practice a bit of restraint for best results.

If you’re interested in a professional teeth-whitening treatment, or just had one and want to maintain it as long as possible, call our office in Southwest Marietta, Georgia, or click the “book online” button to schedule a consultation. 

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