How to Keep Teeth Bright

Whether you have received professional teeth whitening in our office and want to keep your results or want to minimize tooth stains in general, we’re here to help. Teeth whitening is a part of the cosmetic dentistry services we offer patients in Deerfield, IL, to improve the aesthetics of their smiles. It may seem difficult to keep the teeth bright or to start reaching your cosmetic goals. Here we will review some tips to keep the teeth white and bright. 

How to Keep Teeth Bright

Preventing Tooth Stains: Cosmetic Dentistry in Deerfield, IL

If you have brightened your smile through teeth whitening treatment or want to prevent further staining, it’s important to know how to maintain your smile. Some of the best ways to keep teeth bright include: 

Brush and Floss

While it may seem simple, brushing and flossing your teeth can help remove surface stains and bacteria from the smile. We recommend that patients brush their teeth for two minutes twice a day. Patients can also floss at least once daily before brushing to remove food debris and bacteria between teeth. Flossing can also prevent bacterial buildup between teeth, which can contribute to gum disease and tooth decay. 

Avoid Certain Foods and Drinks

Some foods and beverages can easily stain the enamel. These foods and drinks include berries, tomato-based sauces, coffee, tea, and wine. Wine can also contain tannins, which contribute to discolored teeth. Even foods and drinks that may seem innocuous, like sports drinks, lemonade can erode the teeth over time, leading to discoloration. Dental erosion wears away the top layer of the tooth, the enamel, and shows the darker layer beneath, also known as the dentin.  

Stop Smoking

Tobacco products like vapes and cigarettes contain nicotine, which can stain and yellow the tooth enamel. Nicotine enters the pores of the teeth and stains teeth. Continuing to smoke or use tobacco products will keep the teeth yellow; abstaining from these products will help keep teeth white, which is especially important following professional care.

Visit the Dentist Regularly

At regular dental appointments, our dental hygienists provide thorough dental cleanings. These cleanings can help prevent common dental problems like tooth and gum infections but can also brighten teeth and lift superficial stains. Professional dental cleanings can also address areas of the smile that may be hard to reach at home when you’re brushing and flossing your teeth.

Receive Whitening Treatment and Get Touch-Up Treatments

We provide in-office and take-home teeth whitening for patients with Philips Zoom products. If you have not received professional whitening treatment before, you will find that you may see results faster than with over-the-counter strips, gels, and toothpaste. 

Do you need more tips to keep your teeth bright? Are you interested in professional teeth whitening treatment? Call AH Smiles at (847) 230-9703 or request a dental appointment with Dr. Brent Engelberg online.