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How to Extend the Results of Teeth Whitening

If your teeth look dull or a bit yellow, you may not be happy when you smile or look in the mirror. You may even withdraw from social situations. 

Luckly, a small change can have a big impact. Our caring and competent dental team offers simple, effective in-office teeth whitening to patients at Simple Smiles in Johnson City, Tennessee. 

Teeth whitening can boost your appearance and your self-esteem. You may even smile more and seem more approachable at work or in social situations. Once you feel so great, you should know how to make it last for as long as possible.

What causes stained teeth?

The foods we eat and beverages we drink can stain our teeth. The most common threats to white teeth are foods and drinks that are acidic or rich in color. 

Acid is the enemy of your enamel and can wear it down. When this happens, it leaves your teeth unprotected against stains. It also exposes the yellow-tinted dentin underneath. 

To keep your teeth whiter longer, try to avoid or limit these items in your diet:

We know it’s hard to hear that some of your favorite things to eat and drink can cause your teeth to stain, especially the healthier choices on this list.

Other factors that can affect the color of your teeth include injury to your teeth, smoking or chewing tobacco, prescription medicine, and teeth grinding.

Tips for preventing teeth stains

If you want to keep your teeth whiter longer, you really have to work at it. You may have to rethink your drink or forego certain food. But beyond that, the rules are pretty simple and easy to follow. 

Here’s a list of things you can do to extend the life of your newly whitened teeth. 

1. Drink through a paper straw

When you sip through a straw, the liquid bypasses your front teeth and goes straight to the back. The less contact staining drinks have with your teeth, the fewer stains you’ll get. This might feel a little silly if you’re drinking wine at a fancy restaurant, but at least you’ll have white teeth. 

2. Swish and rinse

Maybe you tried the straw out in public and felt silly. That’s understandable. You can do it at home or try something else. There’s a method we like to call swish, rinse, repeat. It’s one of the best things you can do to keep your teeth from staining. 

Simply swish some water in your mouth to reduce the amount of time the stain has to sink into your teeth. Try alternating a sip of coffee or wine with a sip of water, and definitely be sure to rinse after every meal. A good stain-fighting mouthwash helps, too. Ask us what we recommend that next time you come in for a teeth cleaning.

3. Brush better

Brushing your teeth is the best way to prevent teeth stains. Follow these tips to keep your teeth sparkling clean and your mouth healthy:

Do:

Don’t:

These are just some ideas to help keep your teeth whiter. If you have specific needs, we can help you decide on the best methods for your lifestyle. 

Make an appointment with one of our skilled dentists today by calling 423-928-5500 or using the online booking tool.

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