How can I maximize the benefits achieved through teeth whitening?

How can I maximize the benefits achieved through teeth whitening?

teeth whitening TulsaTeeth whitening has become one of the most effective and economical means to achieve a smile makeover. In-office whitening with Zoom! can enhance your appearance in one brief appointment by lightening your teeth up to eight shades. Now that you have a bright new smile, what can you do to make the most of your teeth whitening experience?

Just like certain foods and beverages can stain your clothes or linens, your teeth can be impacted by the consumption of things like coffee, tea, wine, cola, berries, tomato based and dark sauces like soy, foods that contain bright dyes, and even healthy veggies like beets.

In addition to foods and beverages, lifestyle habits such as tobacco use have teeth staining capability. While you can eliminate smoking, certain medications and illnesses can impact the appearance of your teeth. Your dentist may be able to recommend alternative medications.

You might not want to eliminate many of the things that can stain dental enamel, but there are a couple of tips that can minimize their impact.

Cold drinks like tea, colas, and wine can be consumed using a straw. This allows the beverage to bypass your teeth reducing the exposure to dental enamel. Hot beverages should never be consumed through a straw as serious burns can occur. With hot beverages you should brush or rinse your mouth following your cup of coffee or tea; if that is not possible, chew sugar free gum or suck on sugar free candy. This will promote saliva production allowing your own personal mouthwash to work for you.

There are also products available that allow you to clean your teeth on the run. Small, disposable brushes and floss can help you to extend the life of your teeth whitening experience. An additional bonus is that you are also helping to maintain your dental health.

Cosmetic dentistry has become easily attainable and affordable allowing individuals to enjoy a happy and healthy smile. For patients wishing to whiten their teeth at home, your dentist can fabricate teeth whitening trays that will provide you with a customized fit to safely use with the powerful whitening agents available only through your dentist. Touch-up kits are available that will help you maintain your bright new smile.

Contact the office of Dr. Mark E. Massaro at 918-779-3399 to learn how cosmetic dentistry can enhance your appearance.