Sparkling white teeth can boost your confidence and leave a lasting impression on those around you. If you’ve invested in professional teeth whitening treatment, you’ll want to maintain those pearly whites for as long as possible. Today, we wanted to share five effective ways to limit stains and preserve the results of your teeth whitening treatment. 

  • Watch What You Eat and Drink

Certain foods and beverages can stain your teeth over time, undoing the effects of your teeth whitening treatment. Limit consumption of dark-colored foods like berries, beets, and tomato sauce. Additionally, beverages such as coffee, tea, red wine, and colas are notorious culprits. If you decide to indulge, consider using a straw to minimize contact with your teeth and rinse your mouth with water afterward. 

  • Maintain Excellent Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene practices are crucial for preventing stains and maintaining your whitened smile. Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes using a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristle toothbrush. Plus, don’t forget to floss daily. It removes plaque and food particles from between your teeth that you miss while brushing. Schedule your dental cleaning and exam too. We remove surface stains from your teeth and check for underlying dental health issues.

  • Rinse After Eating or Drinking

If you’ve had something acidic, such as wine or pasta sauce, you need to wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth. Otherwise, it erodes your tooth enamel which leads to discoloration. So, if you can’t brush your teeth immediately, rinse your mouth with water. It can help remove residue and prevent stains 

  • Touch-Up Treatments:

Over time, it’s natural for teeth to accumulate stains. To maintain your bright smile, you might consider periodic touch-up treatments. Talk to us about touch-up options, such as our take-home whitening kits. Or find out how soon you can come in again for another round of professional whitening in our office. 

  • Be Mindful of Smoking

If you’re a smoker, quitting or cutting back on smoking can significantly help prevent stains on your teeth. Smoking not only causes tooth discoloration but also has detrimental effects on your overall oral health. 

In conclusion, achieving a beautifully white smile through teeth whitening is an accomplishment worth maintaining. By following these strategies, you can enjoy the benefits of your teeth whitening treatment for a longer period. Remember, regular visits with our team can provide personalized guidance to ensure your smile stays radiant for years to come.

Call 909-288-4682 or schedule online to make an appointment at Jia Y. Lee, DDS in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.