Teeth whitening procedures are a great place to start if you’re looking to achieve a bright and beautiful smile this 2015 holiday season. Unfortunately, if not properly taken care of, the teeth whitening procedure will not last as long as you intended. There are a few things you can do to elongate the time in between teeth whitening appointments, saving you both time and money.

Avoid Stain Causing Food

Once you’ve had a teeth whitening procedure, try to avoid the substances that caused discoloration in the first place. Coffee, red wine and tea are the most common staining agents and should be avoided if possible. Substitute white wine for red, or limit yourself to one cup of coffee per day. However, if you simply can’t resist the allure of the office coffee machine, try brushing your teeth or rinsing your mouth immediately after each cup with a glass of water equal in size.

 

Do-It-Yourself

At-home teeth whitening kits are a good alternative if you do not have time for a follow up teeth whitening appointment. Some of the best products include whitening strips and trays with high concentrations of peroxide and long application times. This is the strongest stain fighting home remedy available. Special teeth whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes can also be useful, but are much less reliable and the effects are very subtle. Talk with your dentist before you whiten your own teeth! Dentists will help you steer away from products that may damage your teeth in the long-run.

 

Proper Oral Hygiene

No matter which whitening procedure or process you choose, the best way to combat stains for whiter teeth is to create an oral health routine that you can stick to. The dentists at A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe suggest brushing and flossing twice a day while drinking plenty of water throughout the day to rinse out any possible stain causing bacteria.

 

If you are ready for a brighter smile, contact A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe in Houston, Texas to set up a teeth whitening appointment. We offer Zoom! Whitening procedures and even do bridal party group appointments to make sure the whole group is picture perfect for your special day!