When you enhance your smile with teeth whitening treatment from Marcos Ortega DDS in San Diego, you want the results to last as long as possible. Unfortunately, the same things that stained your teeth before the treatment can stain them afterward.
To help slow down the process, we have some useful recommendations.
First, rinse daily with anti-cavity rinse. This improves dental hygiene, minimizes bacteria, slows the build up of plaque, and also helps whiten your teeth. Additionally, there are many over-the-counter rinses with an extra whitening agent which will help increase the results of the whitening treatment.
There are some daily practices to forego because they will stain your teeth over time. These include drinking coffee, tea, soft drinks, red wine, smoking, and even some medications. If you cannot totally cut these out of your life, rinse your mouth out after you use them.
Avoid acidic foods and beverages. These can weaken or wear away the enamel on your teeth, and weak enamel allows the yellow dentin to show through.
Artificial coloring in any foods and condiments can stain your newly whitened teeth. Candy, popsicles, and fruit punch are examples.
Remember the Basics
We probably don’t need to remind you, but brushing your teeth properly a couple times a day will help you keep your white smile. You may choose a toothpaste with extra whitening or baking soda to help the process. Proper brushing should take you at least two minutes using short brush strokes, paying close attention to the gum line and hard-to-reach areas. Clean the outer surfaces of your upper, then lower teeth, including the inner surfaces. Finally, don’t forget the chewing surfaces and your tongue. Using good brushing techniques for 120 seconds will support oral hygiene, and permanent stains will not build up as fast.
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