3 Tips for Keeping Your Smile Bright after Teeth Whitening
Do you brush and floss diligently and visit the dentist routinely but still feel like something is missing from your smile?
As part of the aging process, your teeth will naturally lose their youthful brightness. The outer layer of your teeth is enamel, and while it’s the hardest substance in the human body, it’s not impervious to years of wear and tear. Enamel naturally thins over time and makes the yellowish layer of dentin beneath more apparent. And as part of enjoying life, you have probably also consumed a lot of deeply colored foods and drinks that leave stains on your teeth.
Professional Whitening to the Rescue
Fortunately, professional teeth whitening can quickly and affordably restore the brightness of your smile. Many dentists offer two methods – in-office power whitening or a kit that you can use at home for two weeks.
In either case, you’re investing time and money, and the last thing you want is to undo the results with lifestyle habits that don’t support a bright smile.
Keep Your Smile Bright
You can always do touchups at home, but if you want to extend the effects of treatment, there a few habits you might want to rethink.
- Do you enjoy coffee or red wine? You should be aware that pigments in coffee can collect on teeth leaving them dull and dingy looking.
- If you’re a tobacco user, you know it’s bad for your general health. But smoking or chewing tobacco deposits stains on your teeth and cause them to yellow over time.
- Don’t be tempted to skip oral hygiene appointments now that your teeth are white and clean. Visiting the hygienist routinely for cleanings leaves you with a “clean slate” every six months that can help keep your smile bright.
Teeth Whitening in Orland Park
At Orland Oaks Dental, we offer both in-office and take-home treatments. If you’d like to brighten your smile or want to maintain the effects of whitening, please call us to arrange an appointment so we can get started.