Maintaining a gorgeous, stain-free smile takes commitment. After receiving professional teeth whitening treatment in Midtown, NY, it can be challenging to maintain your pearly whites without practicing effective strategies and lifestyle changes. Here are eight tips for keeping your teeth white after teeth whitening.
#1 Limit tea and coffee.
Starting the day with a cup of tea or coffee is essential for many people. But these beverages can impact the appearance and luster of your teeth. Dark teas and coffee can stain your teeth, but limiting these from your daily diet can maintain your smile's white, bright shade. Please ask your cosmetic dentist, Dr. Helma Philips, for recommendations or alternatives to teeth-staining drinks.
#2 Avoid dark sauces and condiments.
Sauces add depth and flavor to many meals, but we ask that you're mindful of what condiments you use. Pigmented sauces aren't suitable for white teeth, as they can stain your enamel and put you back to square one with your smile. Some of these teeth-staining sauces include:
- Soy sauce
- Tomato sauce
- Barbecue sauce
#3 Avoid acidic and starchy foods.
Acidic and starchy foods can weaken your enamel and discolor your white teeth. We recommend staying away from or limiting your consumption of the following:
- Citrus (e.g., lemons, oranges)
- High-sodium processed foods
#4 Brush and floss every day.
Brushing and flossing regularly help remove food debris, plaque, and stains from your teeth. Ask Dr. Philips for the best techniques and products for at-home oral health care.
#5 Drink plenty of water.
Water improves your mouth's ability to wash away food particles and acids that contribute to cavities and tooth discoloration.
#6 Stop smoking.
Do you smoke or use tobacco products? If so, it's essential to know that it's challenging to maintain white teeth with these habits. Not only is smoking and tobacco use unsuitable for your general health, but the sugars and stain-causing substances in these products can dramatically affect the appearance and whiteness of your teeth.
#7 Drink with a straw.
Drinking with a straw allows the liquid to pass your teeth and travel directly to your throat, reducing stains.
#8 Consider touch-up whitening treatments.
Professional teeth whitening can dramatically improve the appearance of your teeth. However, the results won't last forever. To maintain stunning, white teeth, we recommend getting touch-up whitening treatments so you can enjoy a beautiful, bright smile.
Are You Ready for a White, Bright Smile?
The dental office of Helma Philips, DDS, your cosmetic dentist in Midtown, NY offers a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry services. If you're unhappy with the appearance of your smile, please get in touch with us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Philips.