A healthy smile with spotless, white teeth is a common goal for most people. While you can do a lot to prevent stains and keep your teeth as white as possible, natural tooth discoloration is inevitable.
In many cases, lifestyle choices accelerate the process. Eating or using the following can increase tooth stains:
- Tomato sauce.
Even if you steer clear of staining foods and beverages, everyone’s smile naturally stains over time.
Smart Dental Care’s powerful Ultradent teeth whitening procedures can eliminate even deep enamel tooth discoloration to reveal beautiful, newly-whitened teeth. After receiving a professional whitening treatment, it’s important to avoid certain lifestyle choices if you want to keep your smile as white as possible.
Watch What You Eat
It’s no secret that watching your diet can improve your health and wellness in a variety of ways. The things you consume not only impact your overall health, but they can also affect the hue of your smile.
Acidic and dark foods can cause unsightly stains to develop on your enamel. To keep up your whitening results, it’s best to avoid foods and beverages known to stain your teeth:
- Dark produce, including berries, pomegranate, and cacao.
- Dark condiments, such as soy, tomato, and barbecue sauce.
- Acidic foods, such as oranges, lemons, vinegar, and grapefruit.
- Foods with added coloring.
It’s not necessary to avoid these foods altogether. In moderation, you can enjoy your favorite foods and a white smile. To reduce the impact these foods have on your enamel, practice rinsing your mouth with water after you consume stain-causing foods and consider brushing your teeth to remove any lingering particles that could make contact with your whitened teeth.
Your morning caffeine routine may help you get ready to face the day, but many popular drinks are not the best choice when it comes to keeping your teeth stain-free. Some of these beverages not only leave stains on your enamel, but some of them can even start to wear away at this protective covering.
To extend your whitening results, it’s best to avoid:
- Red wine.
- Dark sodas.
For many people, these drinks are a non-negotiable part of their day. In those cases, you can dilute your beverages with milk, cream, or water to reduce staining, or drink from a straw to lessen any contact with your teeth.
Improve Your Habits
Smoking is notably detrimental to your health. It’s also considered one of the more powerful ways to discolor your smile. If maintaining your teeth whitening results is your goal, smoking won’t do your teeth any favors.
Other lifestyle habits that can reverse your whitening results include the following:
- Chewing tobacco.
- Grinding your teeth.
- Eating staining foods.
- Skipping steps in your dental routine.
After a whitening treatment, cut back on any habits that might tarnish your results.
Practice Proper Dental Hygiene
The best way to make sure your whitened teeth stay that way after a professional treatment is to stick to a good oral hygiene routine. Make sure you brush and floss your teeth to remove plaque and food buildup that accumulates during the day.
Take time to eliminate plaque from the surface of your teeth, as well as other places in your smile to keep it healthy and bright. It helps to use whitening toothpaste to boost your results.
Professional treatments are exceptional for a reason: under dentist supervision, Smart Dental Care’s powerful solutions can erase discoloration quickly and effectively.
Whether you schedule a treatment in our office or use one of our take-home kits, you can keep up your smile with professional-grade ingredients that can keep your teeth sparkling long after your first procedure. Our Ultradent whitening treatments are convenient, effective solutions that can erase discoloration and give your smile a lift.
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