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How to Maintain a White Smile

A before and after comparison of whitened teeth.

The average teeth whitening treatment lasts a few weeks. Because of their longevity, professional treatments may be the best type of teeth whitening treatment. Professional teeth whitening treatments can last a few years compared to at-home treatments.

Many patients have trouble maintaining white teeth after a teeth whitening treatment. Whether you had your whitening treatment completed at home or at the dentist, you can do a few things to keep them white longer.

Minimize Liquids That Leave Stains

Drinks like coffee, soda, and red wine can stain your teeth. You could limit your intake to control your stains. Or, you could try one of these strategies:

  • Use a straw while drinking beverages that stain teeth - Sipping beverages through a straw can reduce the amount of liquid contacting your teeth. So, your teeth won't get stained as much.

  • Drink water after beverages that stain teeth - Drinking water can help wash the staining liquids off your teeth after you're done drinking.

  • Brush your teeth after drinking beverages that stain teeth – Brushing can help get the staining beverages off of your teeth. However, this trick may be more difficult if you're out for a coffee break. You could carry around a toothbrush or toothpaste if you're devoted.

If you try a combination of these tricks, you may experience minimal staining after getting a teeth whitening treatment.

Eliminate All Tobacco Use

Tobacco is notorious for staining white teeth. People who smoke cigarettes may suffer from yellow teeth because of the teeth-staining properties of tobacco. In addition, tobacco can cause gum disease, oral cancer, and other health issues.

It's easier said than done, but eliminating all tobacco use can reverse some of this staining and help reduce your risk of developing health complications. You lower your risk of lung cancer and blood pressure by quitting tobacco. It can improve your overall health.

Follow an Oral Care Routine

Plaque on the teeth can attract staining and other discoloration. You should brush your teeth twice a day and floss once daily to maintain clean and healthy teeth. You may consider whitening toothpaste and mouthwash to lighten the tooth’s surface stains.

Get Your Teeth Whitened At Our Dental Clinic

If you want a professional teeth whitening treatment that'll last longer than home remedies, look no further than Sherwood Family Dental in Victoria. Our team can help you achieve shiny white teeth in no time. Make an appointment with us today.


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