Keeping Your Shiny Smile Looking Great after Whitening

Keeping Your Shiny Smile Looking Great after Whitening | Lucio H. Kim DDS

Few cosmetic treatments offer the dramatic smile transformation possible with professional teeth whitening. Having your teeth whitened is an investment, so once you take the step, you want to do everything you can to maintain the sparkling results.

It’s a fact of life - as we age, our tooth enamel thins and becomes more porous. This leads to tooth discoloration as the yellowish layer of dentin beneath becomes more apparent and staining from certain foods and beverages that we consume. 

Another factor that contributes enormously to the whiteness of your smile is your general oral health routine. Are you brushing and flossing diligently? Do you visit your dentist for routine cleanings and exams? If not, you will see the results reflected in the appearance of your teeth.

Maintaining Your Bright New Smile

If you have been less than proactive, a professional teeth whitening treatment is an excellent opportunity to get motivated to get back on track with your dental care. Maintaining your bright new smile isn’t difficult, but there are a few things you need to do:

  • Avoid Staining Foods - Many of the foods and drinks you consume regularly can cause tooth staining. This list includes coffee, dark tea, red wine, colas, tomato sauce, and curries. You don't need to eliminate these foods altogether but do be aware that they can cause staining, so it's a good idea to cut back if you want the brightest smile possible.
  • Brush, Brush, Brush – You just cannot keep your smile bright if you don’t brush and floss properly. If you are not sure if you're using the right brush or toothpaste, or if you have questions about flossing properly, ask your dental hygienist or dentist. They will be happy to provide you with tips to get the most out of your efforts.
  • Semi-Annual Dental Visits – Combining routine exams and cleanings with at-home hygiene is essential for your oral health, but semi-annual cleanings ensure that your smile is as bright as it can be after whitening.

Please Call Us for A Whiter Smile!

At our Glendale dental office, we are pleased to offer state-of-the-art KöR whitening. KöR produces permanent results that only require a bit of at-home maintenance and annual touchup treatments to maintain.

If you would like to learn more about whitening with KöR, please give us a call!