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How to Maintain a White Smile: Tips for Long-Term Teeth Whitening Success

Achieving a bright, white smile through teeth whitening treatments can significantly boost your confidence and enhance your overall appearance and our dentists here at Cotteswold House are ready to help your smile reach its full, sparkly potential. And once you’ve invested in your smile you will naturally want to keep it looking great, however maintaining the results of your teeth whitening procedure requires ongoing care and attention. Here are some essential tips to help you maintain a white smile:

  1. Practice Good Oral Hygiene:

It’s no secret that practicing good oral hygiene will pay off dividends, making sure your teeth are well looked after between dental check-ups as well as keeping on top of their colour.

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss daily to remove plaque and debris from between your teeth.
  • Rinse your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash to kill bacteria and freshen your breath.
  1. Avoid Staining Foods and Drinks:

Some foods and drinks can impact the colour of your teeth, creating a stained look. Remember what they were like before you had them whitened? That was most likely due to the build up of years of consuming drinks like tea and coffee without you realising that it could affect your teeth.

  • Limit your consumption of coffee, tea, red wine, and other dark-colored beverages that can stain your teeth.
  • If you do consume these drinks, if possible rinse your mouth thoroughly with water afterward to minimise staining.
  1. Quit Smoking:

If you smoke you will most likely be aware that nicotine stains your teeth and the best way to avoid this occurring is to stop!

  • Smoking not only discolors your teeth but also damages your overall oral health. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your teeth and your health in general.
  1. Use Top-Up Whitening Products According to Instructions:

After having your teeth whitened you can expect to top-up the treatment every so often and it’s important to do so following your dentist’s advice. Teeth whitening products are now readily available and when used correctly can provide excellent results. But with cheap options available online at the click of a button, it’s vital to purchase from your dentist and use carefully to avoid unpleasant side-effects.

  • Dentist-approved teeth whitening products are very effective solutions to resolve stained teeth. They are easy, cost-effective and safe to use, giving gratifying results and lift your smile without orthodontic treatment. However, do make sure you are using safe products from your dentist and following their instructions as overuse or using unregulated products can damage your tooth enamel. For this reason it’s really important to only use products provided by your dentist and to not to use them more frequently than advised.
  • At Cotteswold House we have different tooth whitening systems to suit your needs. You can whiten at home with our Boutique trays and gels, or in-surgery with our BlancOne system, and can top-up both options with subsequent treatment to maintain your bright smile. Please ask at reception for details and discuss with your dentist which would be right for you.
  1. See Your Dentist Regularly:

Regular trips to your dentist and hygienist are essential, both to the maintenance of your oral health and teeth, and for catching any issues before they become larger problems.

  • Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings to maintain good oral health and ensure the longevity of your teeth whitening results.

By following these tips and maintaining a healthy oral hygiene routine, you can enjoy a bright, white smile for years to come.

Once you have had your professional teeth whitening treatment to achieve your whiter smile you will be able to have top-up treatments to maintain it. Your dentist will be able to advise you on how regularly you need to do this and provide you with the products to do this at home or book you in for an appointment.

Cotteswold House Dental Care is a family-owned dental practice that offers a relaxing and friendly atmosphere that can give you complete peace of mind whilst protecting your smile. Our in-house services include general dentistry, children’s dentistry, dental implants, dentures and bridges, whitening and composite bonding, advanced treatments such as root canals and oral surgery, Invisalign, and many more. We welcome referrals from other practices as well as self-referrals, and offer direct access for our BlancOne teeth whitening treatment.