How to Care for Your Whitened Smile
Maintaining your newly whitened smile is another part of the cosmetic process.
You've gotten your teeth whitened, so you know that whitening your teeth is an easy and cost-effective way to brighten your smile. Your teeth are gleaming now, but maintaining that look is important to your investment and your appearance. Whitening isn't designed to be permanent, but having an in-office whitening procedure at Harris Parkway Dental in Fort Worth, Texas can last up to a year if you follow these steps:
Talk to your dentist
When you have in-office whitening done at your Fort Worth cosmetic dentist's office, you'll receive professional guidance on the best way to maintain its effects. If you decide to use an over-the-counter whitening kit, make sure you talk to Dr. Brad McConnell or Dr. Brooks Stevens before beginning.
Certain foods, drinks, or chemicals are notorious for staining teeth, including coffee, tea, soda, red wine and tobacco products. Your Fort Worth cosmetic dentist recommends cutting back or stopping your use of these products to keep your new smile bright. Brushing and rinsing after using them is essential.
Don't overdo it
You might think that leaving whitening treatments on longer than instructed will give you better results, but the dental professionals at Harris Parkway Dental caution that this can actually work against you. The strong bleaching chemicals can weaken the outer layer of your teeth, called the enamel, leading to sensitivity and blotched areas. The teeth can also lose their natural shiny appearance, giving your teeth a dull look.
Keep them clean
Your teeth, regardless of their cosmetic treatment, need daily brushing and flossing to stay healthy. They should also be professionally cleaned twice a year by your Fort Worth dentist.
Drs. McConnell and Stevens are happy to talk with you about how whitening can improve your teeth quickly and easily. Give them a call at their Fort Worth office today!