A professional teeth whitening treatment can help you feel better about the way you look with a very small amount of effort. The procedure is cost-effective and relatively quick to perform, all while changing your smile from yellow to bright and shiny. Another benefit of this is the massive boost in self-esteem that comes with your whiter teeth, helping you feel your absolute best.
What’s important to understand about a treatment that can eliminate years of stains from your teeth is that those stains will gradually begin to return. Consuming foods and drinks on a daily basis will slowly cause your whitened teeth to dull over time so it’s important to take the proper steps to extend that whiteness as long as possible.
You will receive optimal impact from professional teeth whitening under the direction from Dr. Bedich at The Center for Progressive Dentistry, who offers safe & effective teeth whitening services to our patients in Cortland, Ohio.
Whether you decide to go the route of in-office teeth whitening, or get take-home trays, our team will educate you on the process and walk you through each step of the way until you have whiter teeth. Following these steps will also ensure your whiter & brighter teeth remain that way for longer.
Try to avoid dark or acidic foods and drinks
The process of professional teeth whitening works by removing discoloration and stains from the surface of the teeth. Unfortunately, this does not also provide a protective coating against future discoloration so it’s important to avoid foods and drinks that will discolor them again. Stains affect the enamel of your teeth, which is the outside layer of your teeth. This causes them to look yellowish or simply duller than they originally looked. Sometimes, foods that are high in acidity can also cause rough patches on your teeth to occur which can cause patchy stains to occur.
You can delay the return of stains by avoiding food and drinks like:
- Coffee and tea
- Dark sodas, root beer, and other high sugar colas
- Dark beers, such as stouts
- Red wine
- Cranberry and other dark fruit juices
- Acidic foods such as tomato sauce
Minimize staining effects after indulging
We understand that you can’t completely eliminate things that are bad for your teeth so it’s important for you to take steps to reduce the effect they have on your teeth. It’s also extremely important to understand that even though some of these things might not be great for your teeth, they are still extremely healthy! We by no means want you to cut out healthy things, such as fruits, from your diet, but you should aim to minimize the effects they have on your teeth. Some of the steps you can use to reduce your exposure to things that may dull your teeth are:
- Consume green vegetables to leave a protective barrier on your teeth
- Drink through a paper straw for beverages to limit the amount of substance that comes into contact with your teeth
- Milk products consumed after acidic foods work to neutralize acids
- Brush your teeth shortly after consuming acidic foods to prevent additional exposure
Reduce or eliminate tobacco use
The use of tobacco cause cancer and other health problems. Although most are aware of this fact, tobacco use also causes severe staining and yellowing of teeth. If you use tobacco after whitening your teeth, you pose the risk of possibly reversing the whitening that you just had done
Visit our office for regular check-ups
As long as you attempt to remain healthy and don’t fall into poor habits, you can expect a professional teeth whitening treatment to last you about one to three years. Depending on how you care for your teeth, this time frame might be smaller, or last longer so it’s important to take good care of your teeth once they’re whitened.
Make sure you’re getting the most out of your professional teeth whitening in Cortland, Ohio by having Dr. Bedich and our team check and clean your teeth twice a year. In addition to keeping your teeth whiter, longer, we also work hard to ensure your teeth remain healthy and happy too. If you’re considering whitening your teeth, make sure to reach out to our team here before doing so in order to understand the benefits that come from each different method. Request an appointment online or call our office today to schedule your visit to find out more.