Have you ever noticed when you look at someones smile that some seem bright white and others are a dull yellow. Everyones teeth naturally dull with aging and contact with staining foods such as coffee, tea, chocolate, and wine. Many other substances can cause stain but those are a few examples. However, getting regular teeth whitening treatments can help keep your smile white and bright!
Get Regular Treatments
The effects of teeth whitening or bleaching are only temporary, so regular treatments at Piney Creek Family Dentistry are necessary to keep your teeth white for life. Bleaching too frequently can wear on your enamel, so best not to over treat the teeth. The effects of in-office whitening can last for several months and up to a year, while home bleaching treatments may need to be touched up more frequently. The American Dental Association recommends asking your dentist which treatment is ideal for your teeth.
Have Realistic Expectations
Be realistic about the color that your teeth with turn, some people may not be able to get as bright white as they would like to achieve. The initially starting shade will help dictate the outcome from bleaching. Those with a yellow color will have greater success in change. Patients with grayish coloring may not notice as much change, those with brown coloring in between.
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
Your teeth whitening efforts will not go far if your oral hygiene is not in good condition. In addition to brushing your teeth twice daily take the following steps to help increase outcome on bleaching efforts:
- Floss Daily
- Visit Piney Creek Family Dentistry regularly
- Rinse your mouth out with water after each meal or snack
- Limit sugary and starchy beverages, especially between meals
We look forward to discussing which bleaching options are best for your teeth! We offer in-office whitening and take home whitening products at Piney Creek Family Dentistry.