Teeth discoloration is a common dental concern that many patients will experience at some point in their lives. Our Arlington Heights, IL dentist office helps patients remove years of stains from their smiles with our professional teeth whitening services. Many patients often have questions on how to maintain their whitest and brightest smiles. Here are some of our best tips.
Avoid Staining Agents
Dental discoloration occurs when the staining agents in common foods and beverages attach to your dental structures and cause them to appear yellow and dull. This can affect your overall self-esteem as well as your confidence when showing off your smile. Foods like tomato-based sauces, fruit preserves, or artificially colored candies can cause your smile to appear dull. Additionally, dark beverages will have a similar effect on your smile. While altering your diet to avoid staining agents may be difficult, alternatives to this approach would be for patients to use straws whenever drinking staining beverages to limit the liquid’s contact with their dental surfaces. Patients could also ensure that they are brushing and flossing thoroughly after eating something that could potentially stain their teeth.
Keep Track of Your Oral Hygiene
Forgetting to brush and floss as often as you should is a fast way to dull your smile. By maintaining a strict oral hygiene routine, you can prevent these powerful staining agents from attaching and hardening to your dental structures. Make sure that you brush and floss twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. During the day, when brushing and flossing are not as convenient, patients can utilize sugar-free gum to remove any food residue from their smiles and freshen their breath. If you are struggling with maintaining your best oral hygiene routine, many patients find that they are more motivated to brush and floss following receiving a teeth whitening treatment.
Consider Professional Whitening
Our professional teeth whitening services were designed to help you conveniently, comfortably, and effectively remove years of stains and discoloration from your teeth. Dr. Brent Engelberg, your local Arlington Heights dentist, uses Zoom! Teeth Whitening products to help his patients achieve whiter and brighter smiles. We also offer professional grade take-home whitening kits to patients looking to whiten their teeth on their own schedules.
If you are interested in whitening and brightening your smile, we can remove many years of dental discoloration within just one teeth whitening appointment. Schedule an appointment online, and we look forward to seeing you soon.