Many adults notice their teeth start to lose their luster after a while. All of a sudden, the pearly whites don’t look so pearly… or white. And, whether it’s due to coffee, red wine, or just the simple passage of time, there is a solution. Professional teeth whitening is a wonderful way to turn back the clock on your smile. With proper care, the results can last for years after the treatment is complete. Keep reading to find out how to enjoy the results from teeth whitening in Framingham for as long as possible!
What to Eat and Drink (and What to Skip)
If you are whitening at home, make sure to perform the treatment only after you are finished eating and drinking for the day. Your teeth will be more vulnerable to absorb the colors of what they are exposed to during the course of the treatment, so avoiding highly pigmented foods and beverages for those 1 to 2 weeks can help you to enjoy maximum whitening. This includes dark beverages, ripe berries, tomato sauce, curries, turmeric, and other colorful and clingy foods.
Even after the treatment is complete, cutting back on the items that caused your teeth to discolor in the first place can help the results last for longer than they otherwise might. Some of the things you may want to think twice before eating or drinking include:
- Black coffee
- Red wine
- Dark beer
- Dark chocolate
- Dark sodas
Of course, few people wish to completely eliminate these items from their diets. Cutting back can help, as can drinking dark beverages from a straw and rinsing the mouth out with water after consuming pigmented foods.
Caring for Your Teeth
In addition to watching what you eat, maintaining excellent oral hygiene habits is of the utmost importance for keeping your smile dazzling white for as long as possible. Brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice a day is crucial — and cleaning them after each meal is even better. Toss a portable toothbrush into your bag or briefcase in the morning as a reminder to clean after lunch, too. Floss between teeth at night, and make sure you visit your dentist for a checkup and cleaning every six months! During this routine visit, your hygienist will polish away plaque and tartar buildup to help your teeth continue to truly sparkle.
A teeth whitening treatment is a great investment in your confident smile. And, with a little effort on your end, you can make sure that the results last for the long-haul! That makes this treatment worth its weight in gold.
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Mark Fried is a trusted cosmetic dentist in Framingham offering a variety of treatments for revealing healthy, beautiful smiles — including professional teeth whitening. If you are interested in this treatment for your own smile, do not hesitate to get in touch by calling his office at (508) 872-9339.