6 Tips For Keeping Your Teeth Whiter For Longer.


    Posted by Dr. William Linger, DDS, MAGD

    how can i whiten my teeth

    Going into the dentist to have your teeth professionally whitened is definitely a great option. They offer both take-home teeth whitening kits and in-office laser whitening that are safe and effective.

    However, a couple of questions that many people have is how can they keep their teeth white long after they get them professionally whitened? Also can I whiten my teeth with any safe teeth whitening products?

    Thankfully, there are certain things that you can do to keep your teeth looking white and bright for as long as possible. 

    Avoid Foods And Drinks That Stain Your Teeth 

    One of the best ways to keep your teeth white is to avoid eating and drinking things that stain your teeth. In terms of foods, you want to avoid foods that have dyes in them, such as jello. You also may want to avoid some fruits that have a strong color, such as blackberries and blueberries.

    Drinks like coffee, dark-colored soda, and other colored beverages should also be avoided as they can easily stain your teeth. In addition to food and drink, you may want to quit smoking or chewing tobacco, if this is a current habit of yours. These two things not only stain your teeth, but also deteriorate them. 

    Drink Through A Straw 

    If you just can't give up some of your favorite teeth-staining drinks, then you should consider drinking them through a straw. This helps the drink to bypass your front teeth and instead go directly to the back teeth and down your throat.

    To ensure that you always have a straw on hand when you need it, you can carry them around in your bag with you.

    Find A Good Whitening Toothpaste

    The best over the counter teeth whitening products and a simple way to keep your teeth looking white is to purchase a good whitening toothpaste. When it comes to finding a good quality whitening toothpaste, you want to look for one that whitens your teeth, while also helping to protect them and strengthen your enamel.

    Since thinning out your enamel can lead to both stained teeth and increased teeth sensitivity, it is very important that your enamel is strengthened and otherwise taken care of.

    If you have any questions about what kind of whitening toothpaste is best for you, you should ask your dentist. 

    Use Mouthwash Regularly

    • You also can't go wrong with a good mouthwash. This helps to remove any particles and/or bacteria from your mouth after brushing and flossing.
    • Residue left on your teeth can cause them to stain, especially when left on them for long periods of time.
    • Using a mouthwash before bed each day can be very effective. Also, for additional whitening benefits, choose a mouthwash that has teeth whitening ingredients. 

    Have Your Teeth Cleaned By The Dentist 

    Another great way to keep your teeth both white and healthy is to go in for your regular dental check-ups.  At these checkups your teeth are thoroughly cleaned us and protected with a fluoride treatment.

    This helps to protect your teeth from future stains and/or damage and restores some of that whiteness and shine. This significantly helps keep your teeth whiter.

    Get Whitening Touch-Ups 

    No matter how well you take care of your teeth, they are likely going to lose some of their luster and their whiteness overtime. Thankfully, you have the option to go in for whitening touch-ups at your cosmetic dentist.

    This type of treatment is more of a spot treatment than a full whitening, and it generally doesn't take as long or cost as much as a regular whitening treatment. 

    There are several great ways to keep your teeth white long after you have them whitened by your cosmetic dentist. To learn more about getting your teeth whitened and keeping them white, contact us

    Topics: Teeth Whitening

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