Have you recently had your teeth professionally whitened? Many people choose to get whitening treatment from their dentist because it tends to be more effective. Now that your teeth are shades whiter and you’re happy with your smile, how can you keep it that way?
This is a common question many patients have. When you invest in teeth whitening treatment, you want lasting results so you don’t have to do it again for a long time. In order to achieve lasting results, here are some tips for caring for your smile after teeth whitening.
Use a Touch-Up System
Many teeth whitening systems come with touch-up treatments you can do at home to keep your teeth looking white. These are often less concentrated versions of the whitening agent your dentist uses on your teeth during the initial treatment. Take-home whitening systems often include plastic trays that are custom made to fit your teeth so that the bleaching gel can be applied evenly. Follow your dentist’s instructions for home treatments and you’ll keep your teeth looking white.
Avoid or Cut Back on Food and Drinks that Stain Your Teeth
What you eat plays a big part in discoloring your teeth. Coffee, tea, red wine, grape juice, dark soft drinks, and foods with artificial dyes are some of the most common stain-causing foods and drinks. Avoid these if you want to keep your teeth as white as possible. But if you simply must have your morning coffee or tea and a glass or two of red wine now and then, it won’t necessarily ruin your results. But you could consider brushing your teeth after eating or drinking one of these stain-causing items to keep the residue from just sitting on your teeth and soaking in.
Follow Good Oral Hygiene Habits
Brushing your teeth at least twice a day as well as flossing will keep your teeth healthy. Brushing helps to remove food particles and plaque that could stain your teeth. Flossing removes food and plaque from between your teeth, which helps keep them healthy. Healthy teeth don’t pick up stains as much because the enamel is stronger and more stain-resistant. Avoid smoking and other tobacco products that tend to stain teeth.
Get a Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth
You may have a slight bit of tooth sensitivity after a whitening treatment, which is normal. Professional whitening treatments tend to be much easier on your teeth than the ones you buy in the store. But either way, consider using a sensitive teeth toothpaste for a few days to a few weeks after whitening. This helps to make the teeth feel less sensitive to heat or cold. If your gums feel sore or inflamed after whitening, try rinsing with salt water.
Teeth Whitening at Savannah Dental Solutions
Now that you’ve learned some tips for caring for your smile after teeth whitening, you might be ready to give it a try. If you want teeth whitening treatment that will give you dramatic results that last, Savannah Dental Solutions uses the KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching System. We have seen excellent, natural looking results in our patients who report a high level of satisfaction with the treatment and are pleasantly surprised with how long their results have lasted. You don’t have to give up coffee, tea, or other foods and drinks you love.
Call (912) 354-1366 or contact us to schedule a teeth whitening consultation. We look forward to helping you brighten your smile.
Does your smile need a makeover? If you want to improve the appearance of your teeth, porcelain veneers can do that. Dental veneers are thin, shell-like covers that attach to the front side of your teeth to cover stains, chips, gaps, uneven lengths, and other cosmetic issues.
If you’re considering this option, it can help to weigh the pros and cons of veneers to decide whether or not this is the solution for you.
Pros of Porcelain Veneers
There are many benefits to porcelain veneers. When considering whether or not this is the cosmetic solution for your smile, here’s what’s good:
- Durable. Porcelain is a strong type of ceramic that holds up well and offers a bite strength that rivals your natural teeth.
- Stain resistant. Porcelain is stain resistant, so if you’re using it to cover existing stains on your teeth, you can rest assured that your veneers will not end up picking up new stains.
- Natural look. From a cosmetic dentistry standpoint, porcelain closely resembles real tooth enamel. You’ll feel confident about your smile, knowing that it looks natural.
- Affordable. When compared to other dental options, porcelain veneers cost less than crowns, bridges, and dental implants.
- Low Maintenance. To take care of your veneers, you simply need to brush and floss your teeth as you would your natural teeth. Good oral hygiene is still important to help your veneers and the natural teeth behind them last longer.
- Fast. Porcelain veneers are one of the quickest ways to improve your smile. Other restorations are more invasive and require more appointments to complete.
- Porcelain is Compatible with Gum Tissue. One of the biggest benefits of porcelain is that it won’t irritate your gums. This is one of many reasons why porcelain veneers are preferable to composite veneers.
Cons of Porcelain Veneers
You should also take the cons into consideration when you make your decision about getting porcelain veneers. Here are the drawbacks:
- Won’t correct severe dental problems. If you have severe decay or other serious dental issues, veneers will not necessarily correct this. Fillings may need to be done first, or a root canal, or other restorative procedures. If the tooth can’t be restored, covering it up with a veneer won’t solve the problem. The tooth will eventually cause you pain and need to be treated.
- Irreversible. Once you get veneers placed on your teeth, you can’t have them removed. A thin layer of enamel is shaved off of the front side of your teeth to attach the veneers. The only solution is to replace the veneers or to replace the tooth completely.
- May cause tooth sensitivity. Because the top layer of tooth enamel is shaved off, it can cause sensitivity in those teeth. Veneers are not thick enough to prevent cold or heat from penetrating and causing discomfort.
- Won’t last as long as other dental restorations. Veneers last an average of 10 years. While they can last longer, they can’t compete with other dental restorations such as crowns, bridges, or implants.
Cosmetic Dentistry at Savannah Dental Solutions
If you want to improve your smile, porcelain veneers are one of the best and easiest ways to do so. Now that you know the pros and cons, you can decide for yourself whether or not veneers are the right option for you. Savannah Dental Solutions provides porcelain veneers as well as other cosmetic dentistry options if you were to decide to go a different route. We will be glad to evaluate your teeth and determine if you are an ideal candidate for dental veneers or make a recommendation for other treatments.
Call (912) 354-1366 or contact us today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to helping you improve your smile.
Do you have pain or limited mobility in your jaw? These are common symptoms of TMJ disorder. TMJ stands for the Temporomandibular Joint, which is the place where your lower jaw attaches to your skull. This joint can become inflamed, which causes pain and a tightness that can prevent you from being able to open your mouth as far as you should.
If you have TMJ issues, make an appointment with your dentist. Your dentist can perform an evaluation and determine the best way to treat your TMJ. What will a TMJ evaluation look like? Here’s what to expect.Continue reading