Do you find our website to be helpful?
Yes   No

How to Get and Maintain Your Whitest Teeth

If you want whiter teeth, you’re not alone. A recent survey found that 80% of adult Americans want whiter teeth. But having your teeth whitened is really only half the battle. You’ll still need to take some extra steps to maintain your newly whitened teeth!  

Dr. Valerie M. Preston and our team at VP Dental are here to bring you the latest in cosmetic enhancement options. That’s why we’ve compiled this helpful guide to why Invisalign may be the best treatment option for you. 

How we whiten teeth 

At our office, we use a couple of different whitening techniques. You can choose between an in-office whitening treatment or a kit that you can complete at home. Both treatment options are safe and designed with your comfort in mind. 

With in-office whitening, we apply whitening chemicals to your teeth. Then we use a UV light to increase the potency of the chemicals. The advantage of in-office whitening is that the treatment can whiten your teeth by seven shades in only an hour.    

With at-home whitening, you use a bleaching agent which is applied with a teeth whitening tray custom made to fit your teeth. That said, at-home treatments can take a couple of weeks to achieve the results that you want.

How to maintain your results 

While whitening works quite well, your teeth can become stained if you don’t take proper care to maintain your results. Here are a few simple tips to keep your teeth at their whitest and to help maintain your results.

Avoid staining foods

You’ll want to avoid foods and drinks that can stain your teeth. Stay away from too much coffee and tea, or switch to iced so you can drink your beverages with a straw. Limit dark-colored sauces, like tomato, soy, and barbecue.

Maintain proper oral hygiene

This means you’ll want to floss your teeth once a day and brush your teeth twice a day. Be sure to maintain regular dental appointments, once every six months, so we can catch any cavities and problems with your teeth early.

Use a whitening toothpaste

You may want to use a whitening toothpaste to maintain your new, bright smile. This may not be a good option for you but, if your teeth are sensitive or your enamel is worn.

Touch up treatments

Touch up treatments are a great long term option for maintaining your whitening results. You can either schedule treatments every six months or repeat the treatment every year. This is also a good option if you’re a regular smoker or you drink a lot of coffee. 

To learn more about achieving your brightest and whitest smile, schedule an appointment, visit our website today.

You Might Also Enjoy...

How Often Should I Schedule Dental Cleanings?

Dental health is more than a pretty smile. If you don't take proper steps to keep your oral hygiene in check, you could negatively impact your whole body. That's why visiting the dentist is not only recommended but essential to staying healthy.

What Can I Eat After Teeth Whitening?

Teeth whitening is easy and effective, but maintaining your white teeth takes work. After your treatment, you'll want to avoid staining foods for a little while. Keep reading so that you can enjoy your pearly whites long-term.

Is Invisalign a Good Teeth Straightening Option For Me?

Invisalign is a clear and removable alternative to braces. This popular option can give you perfectly straightened teeth without having to deal with the hassle of clunky metal braces. Keep reading to learn how Invisalign can benefit you.

5 Ways To Optimize Your Oral Hygiene

When it comes to taking care of your teeth, half of the labor lies in having good oral hygiene. Here are five ways to optimize your health by taking care of your teeth every single day.

What to Know Before Getting a Dental Crown

Whether you’re looking for a way to fix discoloration and chips in your tooth or you need an effective solution to manage dental pain, a crown could be the perfect solution for you.