If you’re going to make an investment in a professional teeth whitening treatment, you’ll want to make sure that you get the best results for your hard-earned money. As one of the most prominent parts of the face, your teeth and smile can leave a lasting impression. Make sure it’s a good one by following the advice below so that your whitening results last as long as possible.
Be Realistic About Your Results
One of the most important things about undergoing a professional teeth whitening treatment is maintaining realistic expectations. Your dentist can definitely whiten your teeth several shades, but it’s not always possible to achieve the results that a patient may desire. Unfortunately, some people have extremely deep stains known as intrinsic stains. They can be improved over time, but it can take a bit longer to achieve than you may prefer.
It is important to note that you should only undergo a teeth whitening treatment if your teeth and gums are already in good health. If you have decayed teeth that require treatment, you’ll probably experience some unpleasant sensitivity after a teeth whitening treatment.
For example, having one or more missing dental fillings could allow the whitening agent to reach the soft tissues under your tooth, leading to sensitivity, or even damage, to the tooth roots. So if you have teeth that need treatment, take care of that before undergoing a teeth whitening treatment.
You also want to be sure that your teeth are professionally cleaned before undergoing a teeth whitening treatment. Deep cleaning helps with the removal of accumulated plaque and surface stains. Removing this barrier helps the whitening agent reach your teeth more directly, leading to better and faster results.
You probably already know that you should be flossing to avoid cavities, but flossing your teeth also helps with avoiding unsightly yellow areas between the teeth. Flossing ensures that you are removing food particles and plaque that could lead to stains.
Avoid Certain Foods and Beverages
Even if you achieve the whitening results that you desire, your teeth could still become stained again if you take part in the following activities:
- Drinking dark-coloured beverages like coffee and tea, as well as red wine
- Smoking tobacco products
- Drinking highly acidic and sugary sodas that can wear away tooth enamel
Regular Dental Visits
To ensure that your professional teeth whitening treatment results last for as long as possible, and to maintain the health and appearance of your teeth and gums, be sure that you are keeping up with your regular dental appointments.
Although dental exam and cleaning visits are often neglected, they are actually vital activities that ensure that your teeth and smile remain healthy and attractive. Exams help your dental team spot any signs of trouble with your mouth, teeth, and gums. And dental cleanings remove plaque that can stain your teeth and cause tooth decay or gum disease.
To book a consultation to have your teeth professionally whitened, call us on 07 5591 3620 or use the enquiry form on this page.