Everyone wants that bright and shining smile that the celebrities have, but that should not come at the expense of maintaining your dental health. It is possible to put your teeth at risk for other conditions, some of which might be permanent if you over-do the teeth whitening treatments. An important question is, how often should you whiten your teeth? The answer may well be different for each person. We here at David Crumpton, DDS get this question a lot and wanted to take a few moments to discuss your teeth and the whitening process.
The dental professionals at our office should be your first resource for determining the best ways to get that bright white smile you are after without putting your dental health at risk. We will gladly help you determine what your whitening frequency should be to help you achieve your goal.
It is important to stress that you should always follow the recommendations of our professionals. If you decide to use a home whitening kit be sure it has been specifically approved by the ADA. Even then, it is still advisable to ask our professionals which over-the-counter product may work best for you should you decide to go that route. They will know the best retail whitening products.
If one of our professionals at the office does recommend a specific home whitening system, be sure to follow the instructions carefully and only use the number of applications required to achieve your desired shade. Generally, a whitening kit helps you to reach your goal with 7-14 days of treatments depending on the shade of white you are looking for.
How Can My Results Last as Long as Possible?
There are some simple maintenance steps to follow after a whitening treatment that can help ensure your results will last as long as possible. These steps should be taken daily and are fairly easy to maintain if you put them into your oral routine. The most important thing to do is to stay as hydrated as possible. The water you drink helps to rinse away any dark-colored liquids or food that could stain your enamel. Be sure to rinse your mouth more frequently, for example, after you drink a cup of coffee, tea, or a glass of wine. Another tip is to use a straw, especially when drinking dark-colored liquids. This helps to keep the liquid from touching your teeth and staining your enamel.
Good oral hygiene is always a must, which means brushing and flossing. You should brush twice a day with whitening toothpaste to help keep your teeth bright and clean. Be sure to use a soft bristle brush and avoid over brushing. A lot of people think that if they brush longer it results in a better clean. The fact of the matter is it can damage your enamel, which will lead to duller coloration. Last but not least, be sure to schedule and keep your regular exams to keep your teeth healthy.
Call David Crumpton, DDS at 817-678-7395 if you have any questions or concerns about your teeth or teeth whitening questions and to schedule your regular checkup.
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