February 16, 2017

You have likely heard plenty of expert opinions and testimonials espousing the benefits of professional teeth whitening treatments performed by a cosmetic dentist in Cortland, OH. Such treatments can give you a red carpet-worthy smile that could be the envy of any actor or spokes-model. Yet while professional treatments can deliver long lasting results, that benefit is only possible if you remain committed to doing your part to keep your teeth white.

Now, you may be wondering why, after paying to have your teeth professionally cleaned and whitened, that you would have to give any extra effort in order to maintain the results. A common misconception amongst dental patients is that teeth whitening can serve as a substitute for good dental hygiene. The truth is that cannot. Good oral care habits and tooth whitening treatments must go hand-in-hand if you hope to enjoy sustained results.

Tips to Follow

With this mind, here are three tips on how to keep your teeth white after receiving  professional treatment:

  • Keep brushing and flossing: Brushing after every meal and flossing at least twice a day are the easiest ways to sustain treatment results. Consider carrying a toothbrush with you in order to brush while on the go. Make sure that you are only using fluoride toothpaste.
  • Avoid things that can stain your teeth: Keep your consumption of tea, soda, coffee or red wine to minimum, and limit dark foods containing soy sauce or curry powder. If you do consume these things, rinse your mouth with water immediately afterwards. Avoid smoking altogether.
  • Talk to your dentist about over-the-counter treatments: While over-the-counter whitening kits may not deliver sustainable results on their own, they can be useful at maintaining the color of your teeth following a professional treatment.

The aforementioned steps may sound like a lot, yet in the end, being able to maintain your beautiful, beaming smile is well worth it. If concerns about the longevity of the results are the only thing keeping you from having Dr. Bedich give you professional teeth whitening, worry no longer; we here at The Center for Progressive Dentistry have helped countless other people enjoy whiter teeth. Simply contact us to schedule a consultation, and you can see our portfolio of results yourself.



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