How to Extend the Results of Teeth Whitening

Improving the appearance of your smile can benefit your well-being in a thousand little ways.  Kerry M. Bloom, DDS, is committed to helping you enjoy your best smile. Our office, conveniently housed inside Houston Methodist Hospital, offers Philips Zoom in-office teeth whitening, improving your smile's brightness by up to eight shades. 

After you've brightened up a dingy smile, of course, you want your new brighter grin to last for as long as possible. Here are some tips to extend the time between your teeth whitening treatments.

Practice good dental hygiene

The best way to keep your smile looking fresh and bright after a teeth whitening treatment is to stay on top of your brushing, flossing, mouthwash, and other oral hygiene routines. Brush at least twice a day and floss daily.

The effectiveness of whitening treatments depends on the quality of your underlying tooth enamel, so visit us regularly for professional cleanings. You should have your teeth professionally cleaned at least twice a year.

Watch out for new stains

In addition to renewed discoloration over time, your teeth might also pick up new stains from things you eat, drink, or use orally. Some foods and beverages can permanently stain your teeth. Smoking and wearing dark lipstick can also lead to dental stains.

Avoid or reduce your consumption of beverages like:

Also reduce or avoid such foods as:

If you do eat or drink anything that's likely to stain your teeth, you can mitigate the impact. Drink beverages that could stain your teeth with a straw, and brush your teeth thoroughly, or at least rinse with water, after you've consumed or used any potential staining agents.

If you take care of your oral hygiene and avoid new stains from eating, drinking, or smoking, your whitening treatment can stay bright for up to a year. But even if you're extremely careful, your teeth are likely to accumulate new stains and discoloration as time passes after your whitening treatment. No matter how long it's been since your last treatment, Dr. Bloom and his team are ready to help you refresh a stained or discolored smile with pain-free, in-office treatment options.

If it's time for you to get a new teeth whitening treatment, or if you have any other concerns about the appearance of your smile, contact Dr. Bloom at our Houston Methodist Hospital office today, or schedule an appointment online.

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