You might be able to hide the stains on your clothes, but it’s almost impossible to conceal discolored teeth. You want to ensure that results last long after a tooth whitening session. After all, it’s your hard-earned money, right?
In this article, we uncover the top tips and tricks to whiten your teeth for longer. Some of these tips you may have heard before. Don’t worry about that. We just hope that you take something valuable from this article so that the next time you visit The Smile Bar, there will have been no setbacks.
How Do I Make My Teeth Whitening Last Longer?
Your teeth’s color can be affected by everything from your DNA to the food you eat. Here are 8 factors that affect your teeth whitening results and what you can do to make it last longer:
Make Better Lifestyle Choices
No, you don’t have to go running every day but you need to understand that what you do and what you consume daily are primary determinants of your teeth’s color.
Smoking and consumption of tobacco are a big no-no. Over time, tobacco products cause the teeth to turn yellow or even yellowish brown. The main culprit? Nicotine and tar.
These two seep deep into the tooth’s enamel through tiny pores and leave the teeth discolored. The tar leaves a brown tinge while the nicotine causes yellowing. Combined, they form an unpleasant color far detached from what we’d normally expect from clean teeth.
Use The Right Products
After a proper whitening session, the next step is to get the right products for maintenance. We’ve come a far way from when the best teeth whitening option is to go to the dentist. There are a lot of great at-home products that maintain the whiteness of your teeth.
The Brilliant Smile Evo Whitening Toothpaste, for example, is easy to use without having to worry about the immensely damaging effects of hydrogen peroxide. Users have reported no increase in tooth sensitivity even after months of continuous use, making it one of the must-have maintenance products in your bathroom.
There are, of course, other products that you might be interested in using. From mouthwash to the type of toothbrush you use, there are tons of factors to take into account when
Improve Your Oral Hygiene
Here are research-proven ways to improve oral hygiene:
- Brushing twice a day
- Use Mouthwash
- Don’t forget your tongue
These are just some of the many things that we need to do to improve our oral hygiene.
They’re expected, normal, and predictable.
But here’s a weird tip that you probably didn’t know: don’t brush your teeth immediately after eating. Wait at least 30 minutes after eating to brush your teeth. This will ensure that you’re protecting your teeth and not tampering with the enamel.
The American Dental Association recommends that you wait 60 minutes after eating before you brush, especially after having acidic foods. The acids can dissolve or erode the teeth’s enamel, and brushing your teeth will only exacerbate it.
Stay Away From Staining Food
Teeth are naturally slightly yellow – but some food pigment can seep into your teeth and stain them.
After a whitening session, your teeth will be discolored for about 72 hours. During this time, you must avoid staining artifacts such as:
- Dark-colored drinks
- Pigmented Foods
- Acidic items
The chemical compounds, called chromogens, give these food items their color. It’s also what stains them. Foods and drinks containing a substance called tannins make your teeth much more likely to stain.
Stay away from acidic foods especially. They can wear down your teeth and make it easier for colors to stain your teeth.
Take Into Account The Natural Color Of Your Teeth
You may not know this but not all teeth are pearly white!
There are a ton of factors that come into play, such as age and genetics.
Remember that the underlying layer of dentin is naturally slightly yellowish in color. Genetics can then impact the color of a person’s teeth as thicker, whiter enamel can be passed down genetically. This means that the underlying layer of dentin is covered better.
The same logic holds when looking at age. As we get older, the outer enamel of our teeth naturally gets thinner so dentin is more likely to show.
Using A.. Straw?
Here’s a life hack that’s so simple it makes your head hurt.
Let’s face it, we cannot avoid acidic or sugary food for the rest of our lives. Our brains are hardwired to seek out sugar and reward us for it.
When you have to consume sugar or acid, at least do it through a straw.
It’s such a simple solution.
Consuming food through a straw is such a simple hack to bypass the liquid passing through the front teeth. In doing so, you reduce the probability of visible staining.
Make Teeth Cleaning A Priority
Your oral health should be your number one priority. Whether it means taking an extra 2 minutes every day to brush your teeth for the third time or blocking off your calendar to schedule a visit to the dentist, taking that extra step will create results.
Not only will your teeth be whiter, but so will your overall oral health improve. Having a regular cleaning will prevent gum disease and help your dentist detect early signs of problems such as broken fillings, tooth fractures, and even oral cancer.
Get Regular Treatments
Sorry, you had to scroll down this far before we got to the BEST way to confirm your teeth get white and stay white.
Getting regular treatment is the undisputed BEST way to make sure that your teeth stay white. Generally speaking, it’s good practice to return to your favorite teeth whitening salon once per quarter. That’s once every three months if you want to see continuous results.
That’s a little tough on the wallet, so an alternative might be to have your teeth whitened once every six (6) months. That way, you never have to worry about yellow teeth.
And what better way to get your teeth whitened than at The Smile Bar?
Partnered with Brilliant Smile, Sweden’s leading teeth whitening provider, The Smile Bar is dedicated to giving you a whiter, brighter smile in a matter of minutes. Check out our list of packages and enjoy direct whitening sessions for as low as Php 3,999!
At The Smile Bar, we promise results in minutes. Your teeth will be 2 to 9 shades whiter as soon as you walk out that door.
Do you want to whiten your teeth? The Smile Bar will give you visible results. Book with us today!