Patients with yellowed, stained, or discolored teeth can seek cosmetic treatment from a dental professional to enhance their smile. Professional teeth whitening in a dental office can include applying a bleaching gel to teeth and then using concentrated light to activate whitening agents, leaving you with a brighter smile. Teeth whitening can improve your self-esteem and give you more confidence that can apply to all aspects of your life. Once teeth are professionally whitened, you will want to preserve the effects for as long as possible. Dr. James White, a dentist in Las Vegas, NV, offers tips to keep your teeth bright after a professional whitening treatment.
Tooth discoloration can occur from forces outside of your control, such as aging or a medication side effect. However, staining can also happen due to agents in food and drinks, even after professional teeth whitening treatment. Dark-colored beverages, such as red wine, coffee, and tea, can absorb into tooth enamel and leave teeth discolored. Substances like these should be avoided or enjoyed in moderation. Tobacco can also cause tooth discoloration. Ceasing tobacco usage has additional wellness benefits besides improving oral health. To avoid discoloring teeth after cosmetic treatment, be aware of potential staining agents that enter your mouth.
Good oral hygiene
A proper oral hygiene routine can keep enamel strong and more able to resist discoloration. Brushing teeth removes plaque that builds up throughout the day and can trap bacteria that eat away at enamel. Dentists recommend brushing twice a day and flossing daily for effective teeth cleaning. Flossing should ideally be done at night to get rid of plaque that has developed during the day. Rinsing your mouth with mouthwash can eliminate bacteria in places that are hard to reach with traditional brushing. With a healthy foundation, your teeth can be strong enough to fight potential staining.
Regular dental visits
Regular dental cleaning appointments are part of a proper oral hygiene routine. Dentists clean plaque and tartar build-up from your teeth that were missed during brushing, lowering risks of decay and gum disease. These conditions can harm your tooth enamel, leaving them subject to discoloration. Your dentist can also give you a fluoride treatment that provides additional protection for your tooth enamel. You can schedule touch-up whitening appointments with your dentist as necessary as well.
Professional teeth whitening available in Las Vegas, NV
Dr. White offers professional teeth whitening and other cosmetic dental services to patients in Las Vegas, NV. Our practice also specializes in general and restorative dentistry. To schedule an appointment with us, contact our office online or reach us by phone at 702.213.7220.