If you opt to undergo teeth whitening treatment, your teeth will be bleached in order to remove any extrinsic stains and (eventually) transform them into pearly whites. However as much as teeth whitening can turn back the clock and give you a better smile, you should keep in mind that something caused your teeth to become discolored in the first place.
Simply put, your teeth ended up stained and discolored for a reason – and if that underlying issue isn’t addressed then they’re likely to end up that way once again. That is why it is important to take steps both before and after you whiten your teeth, so that you are able to retain those pearly whites for as long as possible.
- Brush and floss – regularly
Brushing and flossing regularly can help to reduce stains by cleaning your teeth as well as preventing a buildup of plaque and bacteria. It is important that you are thorough when you brush and floss, and ideally should aim to do so after every meal.
- Avoid coffee, wine, and sodas – or rinse afterwards at least
Certain types of food and drinks increase the risk of stains, and coffee, wine and sodas tend to be on the top of that list. If possible you should avoid them, but if not rinsing your mouth with water after consuming them can help a lot.
- Stick to your regular dental checkup and get your teeth cleaned
As part of your regular dental checkup, your dentist will clean your teeth thoroughly – which can help to remove any surface stains before they become more permanent. Considering that it should be clear just how important it is that you stick to those regular checkups and make sure you visit your dentist at least once every six months.
- Quit smoking
Another major cause of stained teeth is smoking (or chewing tobacco) – and if you’re a smoker you may want to consider quitting. Nowadays there are many aids that can help you to do so, including nicotine gum, patches, or vape products – which will at very least limit the risk of staining.