Erie, Harborcreek and Millcreek, PA
Smiling is a positive and contagious way of sharing happiness with those around you. This universal symbol has many health effects, such as boosting mood, lowering blood pressure, and improving one’s appearance. Unfortunately, your daily habits could directly affect the brightness of your smile, no matter how much you brush and floss at home. At Laser Dentistry of Erie, we offer our patients multiple at-home and in-office teeth whitening options to serve your whitening needs best. Laser Dentistry of Erie’s general dentist, Dr. Albert Starr, generated the following few tips to help you extend your teeth whitening results.
Causes of Teeth Stains
Dingy teeth are caused by numerous factors. For example, using tobacco products such as cigarettes, aging, and certain medications can cause your teeth to discolor and develop stains. Also, the food and beverages you consume directly impact the color of your teeth.
The following items are the most known for staining teeth:
- Black Tea
- Red Wine
- Candies and chocolates
- Food or juices with coloring
- Tomato-based sauces and foods
Moderating these foods and brushing your teeth, or at minimum rinsing your mouth with water, after consuming them, will reduce the chance of these substances penetrating the surface of your teeth, causing dingy stains.
Whitening Treatment Options
There are two types of whitening treatments: DIY at home with an over the counter product, or in our office at Laser Dentistry of Erie. When you use over-the-counter whitening products, you could experience sensitivity to your gums and expose your mouth to unknown compounds. In addition, your results will only last a short while. However, when you come to our dental office in Erie, we will use professional-grade whitening products made specifically to give you the best results that last.
Maintaining Your Results
Once you have a bright smile, it is recommended to take the appropriate steps to maintain your results so you can enjoy your white teeth longer.
Choose Your Diet Wisely
One of the biggest culprits of staining your teeth is the food and beverages that you consume. Using the list above as guidance and shop for foods that will help protect your teeth instead of staining them. If you must consume those foods and drinks that are notorious for causing dental stains, then do so sparingly, and brush your teeth afterward.
Use a Straw
It’s not always easy to pass up a soda or a cup of coffee. Dark beverages are a primary cause of stains on your teeth. If you have a difficult time removing them from your diet, try to use a straw when drinking them instead. Using a straw will reduce the amount of contact the beverage will have with your teeth and reduce the possibility of staining.
Can’t Brush? Rinse
Sometimes it is not easy to sneak off the restroom to brush and floss your teeth while juggling meetings at work. When you do not have access to a sink, swish your mouth with water to remove food residue after eating. It will help prevent stains and improve your breath as well.
Kick the Habit
Smoking is incredibly harmful to your overall health. It also directly affects the color of your teeth. Quit smoking if you want your teeth whitening results to last longer.
See Your Dentist Regularly
Regular visits to your dentist in Erie will help you maintain a healthy smile. Plus, the dentist can discover dental problems in their early stages and be able to treat them as soon as possible.
Teeth whitening can dramatically improve your self-confidence. Once you have decided that you are ready to take the steps needed to give your smile a makeover, feel free to reach out to Laser Dentistry of Erie for professional teeth whitening in Harborcreek. Call (814) 825-2615 today to schedule your first appointment on your journey to a whiter smile.