Teeth whitening can be a very effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without damaging the teeth themselves. Treatment can be completed in surgery or at home by our trained team of dentists, hygienists and dental therapists and can be designed to fit around your schedule. Results can be seen in as little as 2-3 weeks.
The effects of teeth whitening should last up to three years, at which point you will require a top up treatment to keep teeth looking their best. In this blog, we look at some simple ways you can ensure that your teeth stay white for as long as possible following teeth whitening.
- Oral Hygiene Routine
It is important to ensure that you maintain a good oral hygiene routine to keep your teeth looking their best.
- Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and clean in between your teeth using interdental aids daily.
- Change your toothbrush every 3 months or sooner if it becomes worn to ensure you are cleaning your teeth effectively.
- Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks. Wherever possible try to limit them to mealtimes.
- Stopping smoking can also help prevent discolouration and staining.
- Visit your dentist as often as they recommend.
- Visit the hygienist
You may want to consider an appointment with the hygienist for a scale and polish. The hygienist is able to remove calculus and plaque build-up, which if left can cause discolouration of your teeth. They are also able to remove staining caused by smoking, food and drink and other lifestyle factors. As well as providing help and advice on the best oral hygiene routine to follow.
- Foods and drinks which stain your teeth
The key rule to follow is that if a food or drink has the ability to stain your clothes or the tablecloth it also has the ability to stain your teeth. If you are a fan of red wine and black tea, or smoking cigarettes or cigars, expect the results to show up on your teeth. Other culprits to blame for dingy teeth include colas, gravies, and dark juices and berries.
Foods that are firm or crisp help clean teeth as they’re eaten. Apples, raw carrots and celery can all help to keep teeth white.