How to Extend the Results of Teeth Whitening

How to Extend the Results of Teeth Whitening

When your teeth first grow in, they’re bright white. That’s thanks to their exterior coating, called enamel, which is both a hard protective outer layer and the thing that makes your teeth pearly white. 

As you get older, though, your teeth yellow. That happens for a number of reasons: often because your enamel gets stained and also because as you get older, your enamel thins, allowing the yellowish dentin underneath to show through. 

At his office in the University Park neighborhood of Dallas, Texas, Scott Evans, DDS, can set you up with either in-office or take-home teeth whitening. This allows you to restore your teeth to their pearly look. And once you get them bright again, you want to keep them that way.

To help extend the results of teeth whitening, we have a handful of tips.

Don’t smoke

To maintain a bright, white smile, the No. 1 thing you should not do is smoke. If you have a smoking habit, add yellow teeth to your list of reasons to quit. And if you don’t smoke, consider this a reminder not to start.

Avoid staining foods and drinks

Tobacco is one of the worst culprits for tooth staining, but it’s not the only one. Other common staining substances include:

This isn’t to say you need to give up these foods and drinks entirely. But to keep your teeth sparkling, moderate your intake and try to brush — or at least rinse out your mouth — soon after eating or drinking anything on this list. 

Use straws and milk

If you like a hot beverage in the morning, add a little milk. This can help prevent the coffee or tea from staining your teeth. 

If you love a cola or iced tea in the afternoon, use a straw. This minimizes the amount of the liquid that hits your teeth, limiting the staining potential of your beverage. 

Brush and floss daily

White teeth are clean, healthy teeth. To keep your pearly whites intact, brush your teeth for two minutes each morning and night, and floss daily. 

Get regular teeth cleanings and exams

Regularly brushing and flossing removes plaque from your teeth. But if you miss or skip over an area — like any tight spaces between your teeth — that plaque can harden into tartar. At that point, trying to remove it at home puts you at risk of damaging your tooth.

Fortunately, Dr. Evans and our team of dental hygienists can safely get rid of tartar when you come in for a teeth cleaning. That keeps your teeth healthier and brighter. With biannual teeth cleanings and exams, we can help you defend against the oral issues that could cause less-than-bright teeth. 

To explore teeth whitening, set up a cleaning appointment to keep your smile bright, or for any of our other dental services, call our office at 214-337-5202 to schedule your visit today.

You Might Also Enjoy...

The Worst Foods to Eat for Gum Health

You probably know to avoid certain foods to protect your teeth, but what about your gums? Learn which foods and drinks can put you at risk for periodontal disease here.

My Kid Hates Brushing Their Teeth. Now What?

If the bathroom has become a battleground, it’s tempting to let your child skip brushing their teeth every now and again. Here are some tips and tricks that can make everyone’s lives easier and keep your kid’s oral health on track.

How Veneers Can Give You a Smile Makeover

Do you have chipped, stained, gapped, overly short, or otherwise uneven teeth? If so, versatile dental veneers could be the perfect option to help you achieve your dream smile. Learn more in this guide.

Getting Started with Invisalign: What to Expect

Millions of people have achieved straighter teeth and more beautiful smiles with Invisalign®, an innovative orthodontic system that works without metal brackets or wires. If Invisalign is in your future, here’s what to expect during your treatment.