If you ask any Jupiter cosmetic dentist, they will tell you that our teeth actually start out shiny and white and become discolored and darkened as the results of our own habits and of course, the passage of time. If you are planning on obtaining a tooth whitening treatment, then you will need to learn about aftercare to maintain your results for longer.
Most whitening treatments such as whitening procedures performed by a cosmetic dentist or over-the-counter whitening agents do not deliver permanent results. If you continue to not care for your teeth properly and to eat and drink things that can stain your teeth, the whiteness will fade away in as little as a few weeks after the treatment. Therefore, you will have to make some changes to your lifestyle after the treatment to make sure that your teeth are able to stay white.
For starters, you will need to limit your intake of red wine, tea and coffee. These products can stain your teeth and may lead to faster discoloration. If you must have them, consider using a straw so that the liquid does not make contact with your front teeth. It also helps to floss and brush your teeth immediately after consuming teeth-staining food or beverages. Good oral hygiene is a must to make sure that your teeth look and feel great. Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day and to floss them at least once to prevent plaque build-up. Whitening toothpastes can be used about once a week to remove any surface stains and to prevent yellowing. Depending on your chosen whitening method, you may require touching up every now and then. Most often, touch ups are needed twice each year or once a year or even once every two years. However, if you continue to consume teeth staining food and drinks, you may require touch ups more often than normal. Getting your teeth cleaned by dental hygienists regularly will also help maintain the color and shine.