How to Keep Your Teeth White After a Professional Teeth Whitening

By 2021, the global teeth whitening market is set to be worth US$3.78 billion, and with good reason.   

Professional whitening is one of the many cosmetic dentistry services available that offer a range of aesthetic benefits for your teeth. And, unlike dental implants, braces or other procedures, the results can be almost instant. 

In fact, if you opt for an in-office whitening treatment, you’ll walk out of your dentist’s office ready to dazzle the world with your brighter, whiter smile!

But once you’ve had your teeth whitened, you’ll want them to stay that way for as long as possible. Read on to learn how to keep your teeth white after professional teeth whitening. 

Use a Specialized At-Home Teeth Whitening Kit

Opting for an in-office whitening treatment is the fastest way to get results. When you first have your teeth bleached, you’ll notice the difference in an instant and be amazed by your whiter smile. 

But this whiteness tends to fade over the first few days. To minimize this regression, the best teeth whitening practice is to combine an in-office treatment with an at-home teeth whitening kit from your dentist. 

Unlike the kinds of kits you can buy at the store, this will include specialized trays made from a precise mold of your teeth. As a result, your teeth will experience more contact time with the active ingredients, helping to further eliminate stains and discoloration.  

If you opt for a combined whitening treatment, your dentist will show you how to whiten teeth at home using the kit. They’ll also advise you how long to continue the home treatment for optimum results and are likely to schedule follow-up appointments for monitoring. 

Steer Clear of Stains

After your professional whitening session, and especially if you are continuing with at-home whitening, make sure to avoid anything that can stain your teeth. 

The obvious culprits are tea, coffee and wine, and you should also quit smoking if you haven’t given up yet. Smoking is the worst offender for stained teeth so continuing to smoke will drastically reduce the amount of time that your pearly whites stay that way. 

Aim to avoid these staining substances for at least two weeks (but preferably longer) after your last whitening treatment. Other foods to avoid include berries, dark sodas, chocolate and sauces like ketchup.  

If you find it difficult to give up your morning coffee or want to enjoy a glass of red with dinner, consider using a straw. Although it will look a bit odd, sipping through a straw does keep these staining agents away from your bright white smile. 

Get an Electric Toothbrush

Brushing your teeth twice a day is essential for keeping your whiter smile gleaming. And the best tool for the job is an electric toothbrush. 

An electric toothbrush is more effective at removing food particles, plaque and stains. This is because the bristles move faster than you can achieve with a manual brushing motion, meaning they can get in between teeth better and polish to a higher degree.  

And, electric toothbrushes don’t just help to remove surface stains. Because of the way they vibrate, rotate and break up bacteria, electric toothbrushes provide deeper cleaning and help to prevent intrinsic discoloration too. This is the internal kind of staining that comes as the result of decay or a dead nerve, discoloring the tooth from within. 

Floss Every Day

Many people consider flossing an afterthought. But even the best electric toothbrushes can’t reach all the tiny particles of food that get caught between your teeth. 

And, as well as removing any stray food particles, flossing does around 40 percent of the work needed to remove invisible plaque from your teeth. When you don’t floss, this plaque has ample opportunity to form cavities, irritate the gums and cause discoloration from within. 

Make a habit of flossing at least once a day. Regular flossing will help to remove the particles and plaque that can build up over time, stopping them from causing serious damage to your teeth. And, by improving your dental health you’ll help to prolong the results of your teeth whitening treatment as a result. 

Rinse Your Mouth After Eating 

To keep your newly whitened teeth shining bright, you might be tempted to brush them after every meal. But over-brushing can damage your tooth enamel and increase the possibility of further staining over time. 

Instead, you should rinse your mouth out with water after you’ve finished eating or drinking. All foods and drinks try their hardest to cling onto the surfaces of your teeth. And the sugars and acids in some foods nourish from the bacteria that gets left behind, leading to decay and discoloration. 

A quick rinse of water will help to dislodge any debris, washing over your teeth in a natural way to help your teeth stay cleaner and brighter for longer.  

Go for Regular Dental Check Ups

Don’t think you can just head to the dentist for your whitening treatment and then disappear into the sunset forever. 

Maintaining regular dental cleaning check-ups every six months will make all the difference to how long your new whiter teeth remain as gleaming as can be. Regular professional-level cleaning and polishing will help remove surface stains and prevent discoloration from taking hold. 

Also, your dentist will be able to check on how your teeth have responded to the whitening treatment in the long term. As a result, they may have new observations or recommendations that will help you maintain your confident new smile for longer. 

Drink Plenty of Water

As well as rinsing with water after eating, you should make a point of drinking more water throughout the day. 

Not only does water help to clean your teeth by washing away bacteria, drinking more water means drinking less of other drinks, such as soda, juice and sports drinks. All of which leave unwanted sugar behind on your teeth while also wearing down your enamel with the acids they contain. 

Also, drinking plenty of water helps encourage saliva production and stop dry mouth. Saliva is your mouth’s defense against tooth decay as it washes away leftover food and keeps your teeth strong by coating them with calcium, phosphate and fluoride. 

Dry mouth, on the other hand, puts you at risk for tooth decay so drinking lots of water will help to keep this at bay.  

Choose Crunchy Snacks

You know what foods to avoid to maintain your whiter smile for longer. But what foods should you be eating to promote whiter teeth? 

Crunchy fruit and vegetables are a great place to start. Think apples, pears, celery, peppers, cucumber and carrots. Snacking on these crunchy fruits and vegetables is like brushing your teeth while you’re eating. That’s because they help to scrub the surfaces of your teeth, removing stains in the process. 

And, chewing on these foods also helps to remove other food particles. This stops plaque from building up and stimulates blood flow to the mouth and gum area. Not to mention, these foods are full of nutrients to promote better health from within, meaning a stronger, healthier you from your teeth to your toes. 

Eat Enamel-Boosting Dairy Products 

Another food group that’s good for your teeth is dairy products.

First of all, as foods like milk, cheese and yogurt are generally white or light-colored, they don’t have any potential to cause staining or discoloration. 

But, that’s not the most important reason to make dairy part of your post-teeth-whitening diet. Dairy products contain calcium and phosphates, which are crucial for building strong teeth and bones. These minerals strengthen your teeth by fortifying your tooth enamel, undoing the damage that harmful acids and sugars from other foods may have done.  

Dairy products are also high in proteins which help to strengthen and protect your tooth enamel, making it more resistant to future staining. 

Maintain Whiter Teeth After Professional Teeth Whitening 

Whiter teeth are often perceived as being healthier. Although that’s not always the case, maintaining good oral health is the best way to ensure your teeth stay white after professional teeth whitening. 

Of course, this boost in daily care is great news for your teeth and gums, meaning your teeth won’t just look healthier, they’ll also be healthier too. 

And healthy habits, from your brushing and flossing routine down to what you eat and drink, will also ensure that your smile stays brighter and whiter for longer. 

For more information about our professional teeth whitening services, feel free to contact us with any questions or queries. Or, you can fill out our online form to request an appointment today!

The Top Benefits of Dental Implants

Have you ever cracked, chipped or lost a tooth?

It’s easily done. Eating food, falling over, and any kind of facial trauma are just a few reasons you might be missing a tooth or two!  

You wouldn’t be alone either. 120 million people have a tooth missing in the US. That same source states that 30 million Americans actually have no teeth at all. That’s a lot of people around the United States with gaps in their mouths!

Unfortunately, losing a tooth can have all sorts of negative effects. People commonly complain of poor self-esteem, a reluctance to show their smile, and/or having issues with their eating.

Likewise, some forms of treatment for missing teeth (such as dentures and bridges) pack their own set of problems. For example, you might struggle to eat your favorite foods or worry about having denture-related mishaps in public.

Dental implants are a great way to tackle the issues of missing teeth. Indeed, 3 million people in the US already have them! Why? Because there are major advantages to having them fitted.

Keep on reading to learn all about the benefits of dental implants.

What Are Dental Implants?

First, let’s take a quick look at what dental implants actually are.

Dental implants are a modern alternative to older, less effective solutions to missing teeth. They’re replacement roots, made out of titanium, which is inserted tightly into the bones. Mimicking the role of an ordinary tooth, into these new roots are placed bridges, crowns or dentures.

It’s like getting a brand new, metal tooth that looks, feels and acts exactly as an ordinary tooth would.

The 9 Top Benefits of Dental Implants

Now we know what dental implants are, let’s turn to the benefits they have to offer. Here are 10 of the key advantages of having dental implants.

1. Enhanced Aesthetics

Personal appearance is often one of the greatest concerns for people who are missing one or more of their teeth.

People can often feel less attractive and become reluctant to smile in public. The missing teeth can become a source of extreme stress and shame.

Dental implants offer a way of taking all those negative feelings away. With brand new teeth fitted and acting as normal, it’ll be exactly like having a full set of teeth again. They look great and come with none of the aesthetic issues that can accompany dentures. For example, your implants will stay in place rather than coming out and moving around in the mouth.

It would be easy to forget you ever missed a tooth in the first place!

2. You Smile More

That increase in confidence and self-esteem makes you more likely to smile.

You’ll feel better in yourself, which makes smiling automatically more likely. You’ll be wanting to show off your brand new set of pearly whites too!

The knock-on effects of smiling more are all positive. Smiling improves your relationships, makes you more likable, and actually makes you live longer.

3. Long Lifespan

Dental implants are amazingly durable. Indeed, they have the potential to last a lifetime.

With the right care, they will stay in place for as long as you need them to. This is in comparison to alternative treatments, such as bridges. Bridges can last for around a decade and will require replacing. That isn’t the case with implants.

The reason for that is in part to do with the nature of the materials used (titanium), plus their integration with your jaw. The compatibility of implants with your body means they’re unlikely to be rejected either.

That all adds up to a new tooth that will last you an exceptionally long time.

4. No Gum Disease

Anyone who has lost a tooth will know how easy it is to get food caught in the gaps.

The bacteria that can build up, as a result, can easily lead to gum disease. Gum disease is a significant issue in the United States. It’s estimated that almost half of Americans suffer from it.

That’s almost 65 million people! And the implications of gum disease aren’t pleasant. Think inflammation, pain, and an increased chance of getting diseases like diabetes.

Likewise, it becomes a slippery slope: gum disease can itself lead to tooth loss. You lose a tooth and have a higher chance of getting gum disease, which then increases your chance of losing further teeth.

Dental implants plug the gap between your teeth and function as an ordinary tooth would. This reduces your chances of gum disease.

5. No Bone Loss

The bone of your jaw is somewhat reliant on the teeth affixed there.

Having missing teeth removes the stimulation the bone would otherwise get. That dip in stimulation causes the bone to deteriorate in the space left behind.

A significant amount of bone will be lost unless an implant is fitted within a year of losing the original tooth. The implant works as a tooth and provides the stimulation required for bone growth.

6. Greater Functionality (Versus Dentures)

We’ve all heard the horror stories related to dentures.

Now, it’s true that properly fitted dentures can work well. And they’ve long been the go-to solution to missing teeth. But, in truth, they’re far from the best way to counter the problem.

Among other issues, they’re uncomfortable, slip around the mouth, and make it harder to eat certain foods. Then there’s the maintenance and upkeep involved.

Dental implants offer a great alternative. They don’t require any adhesive, nor do they have to be removed for cleaning. Moreover, there’s no risk of them falling out, and they don’t entail the covering of the roof of your mouth.

Eating is easier too. Dentures can move and make noise. Equally, they might not have the chewing power required to eat certain foods. Implants face none of these issues.

7. Improved Speech

Losing a tooth can have a negative impact on your speech, such as causing a lisp.

That won’t happen all the time. It depends on where you lose the tooth. However, it does happen and dental implants offer a solution to the issue.

Likewise, dentures can also lead to certain speech-related problems. Where they move and slip it can be more difficult to pronounce certain words and speak without slurring and mumbling. Obviously, this will never be a problem with implants, which essentially gives you an actual tooth.

8. Enhanced Chewing Ability

There’s nothing worse than losing the ability to eat your favorite food.

That can sometimes happen when you lose your teeth. Even with dentures, you may lack the means to grind your teeth together properly. Equally, missing a front tooth may make it far harder to cut through certain times of food too.

Dental implants restore this capacity. You’ll be able to eat whatever you want to again! Similarly, your chewing capabilities with implants are better than dentures. We mentioned this previously but it’s worth reemphasizing!

Simply, dentures don’t allow you to eat everything you might want to. They may not be strong enough or move around too much in your mouth. Implants suffer none of these flaws.  

9. Preserves Surrounding Teeth

Losing a tooth can create numerous problems. The gap left between your teeth can be one of them.

That gap can lead to the adjacent teeth slowly moving into this space. Space is there and the teeth move into it, pulling them out of position. The result of this is a potential alteration to your overall bite. It will affect your ability to chew and impact how it feels to clench your teeth.

More debilitating though is the potential problem that can cause to your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This, in turn, can cause pain, discomfort and result in headaches.

Having dental implants prevents this problem. Remember, you’re essentially plugging that gap. This stops the adjacent teeth from moving and means you’ll avoid the ensuing oral challenges.

The prevention of such issues speaks to the benefits of getting implants sooner rather than later. The longer the gap is in place, the greater the likelihood of problems occurring.

Time to Wrap Up

There you have it: the 9 top benefits of dental implants.

Tooth loss is a significant part of American life. Millions of people are missing their teeth! Thankfully, implants offer a solution to the problem.

Implants can help people feel confident in their appearance again, which will lead to happier, smiley individuals. Implants last a long time too, will help prevent gum disease, and stop the loss of bone.

They’ll have greater functionality over alternative forms of tooth replacement, and help improve your speech in the process. Next, dental implants help you chew your food, and, finally, will preserve your surrounding teeth from further damage.

Hopefully, knowing these benefits will persuade you to reap the rewards for yourself!

Are you interested in getting dental implants fitted but want more information? Click here to learn more about why dental implants might be for you.