Easy Tips to Make Teeth Whitening Treatments Last Longer

Teeth whitening in Oshawa is an extremely popular and frequently requested service. At Margolian Dentistry, we provide in-office Zoom teeth whitening and custom-made kits for home use. Both treatments are extremely effective and can brighten the colour of your teeth by several shades. Once you have whiter teeth, you want to ensure the results last as long as possible. Eventually, your teeth will begin to darken, but you will find some easy-to-follow tips below to keep your teeth looking brighter for longer.

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

A professional teeth whitening treatment in Whitby is a cosmetic dental procedure that helps remove stains and discolouration from your tooth enamel, the hard outer coating protecting your teeth. The process involves applying professional strength whitening gels to your teeth in the form of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. We can use hydrogen peroxide whitening gel during Zoom whitening treatments, which is light-activated, helping the gel penetrate your tooth enamel more quickly and effectively. If you opt for a home whitening kit, you are supplied with carbamide peroxide gel, a form of hydrogen peroxide that is stable and safe for home use and will whiten your teeth effectively but more gradually.

After your teeth are whitened, we can provide some after-care advice to help you maintain your brighter smile, including the following.

Avoid Foods and Beverages That Can Stain Your Teeth

After having your teeth whitened professionally in Ajax, your tooth enamel needs a few days to settle down, and during this period, it is more prone to discolouration. Therefore, it’s important to avoid highly coloured foods and drinks like coffee, tea, red wine, fresh berries or any highly coloured foods like tomato-based sauces. Once your tooth enamel has settled down, avoiding these foods is still a good idea if you want to maintain the results for longer. Another tip is to use a drinking straw to reduce the contact of staining beverages with your teeth.

Rinse after Eating and Drinking

After eating or drinking foods that are more highly coloured, try rinsing your mouth with plain water. Rinsing helps remove loose food particles, and ensuring you drink lots of water is great for dental health. It helps flush away harmful bacteria that can cause gum disease or tooth decay and ensures your mouth remains well hydrated, and you can produce plenty of saliva. Saliva is important for dental health as it helps your mouth maintain a more neutral pH, and you are less likely to suffer from bad breath.

Use Good Quality Oral Care Products

Ensure you use good quality dental care products, preferably those with a seal of approval from the Canadian Dental Association. These include fluoride toothpaste and dental floss, as well as mouthwash. The Association has validated the oral health benefits of these products, so you can be sure they will help protect your oral health.

Practice Good Oral Care

A good oral care routine is essential to keep your teeth looking white and healthy and is something you should be practising in any case. Brush your teeth at least twice daily using fluoride toothpaste to help remove plaque buildup and mild surface stains. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and small circular motions to clean your teeth thoroughly, brushing for at least two minutes every time. It’s essential to floss once a day because it helps remove food and plaque stuck between your teeth and from just below the gumline. A dentist can always tell who flosses regularly because their gums are stronger and healthier, and flossing helps prevent cavities and gum disease.

Lastly, ensure you visit us regularly for checkups and especially for hygiene appointments. Regular hygiene appointments will help keep your teeth sparkling for longer and are an easy way to maintain good dental health.

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