Professional teeth whitening procedures can do an amazing job of giving you the white, bright smile you've always dreamed of seeing in the mirror. When you see those pearly whites looking back at you, it's impossible not to feel attractive and confident! The problem is, many people sabotage their teeth whitening results, unknowingly engaging in habits that cause their teeth to yellow and stain again. What are those habits and behaviors? Read below to find out.
1. Drinking Coffee
You may think you need it to stay awake, and indeed, its flavor can be enjoyable. However, coffee is not a good choice if you want to keep your newly whitened teeth looking white. Its dark color leads to staining very quickly. Try cutting back on your coffee consumption after your whitening appointment. If you can cut it out altogether, that is certainly best, but if that is impossible, even cutting back to one cup a day or a few cups per week is a major improvement.
2. Drinking Red Wine
Like coffee, red wine is a staining liquid that may sabotage your whitening results within weeks. Luckily, red wine is a lot easier to replace than coffee. Just switch to white wine! There are some delicious, boldly flavored white wines, like Aligote, Chablis, and Cortese, which red wine drinkers tend to enjoy. Sure, you can still have a glass of red wine occasionally on a special occasion -- but look at it as a treat, rather than a daily indulgence.
3. Using "Natural" Toothpaste
The all-natural trend has resulted in an array of natural toothpaste products. These toothpastes are not all inherently harmful, but they don't always contain the compounds that traditional toothpastes contain to whiten your teeth as you brush. To keep your teeth whiter after a whitening appointment, try using a toothpaste that contains hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Look for one that displays the ADA label -- this means the American Dental Association approves of its use and has deemed it safe and effective.
4. Not Flossing
Flossing removes the plaque from between your teeth. If you do not remove this plaque, it will slowly harden into tartar, a substance that has a yellow color and will make your teeth appear stained again. Remember to floss daily, especially after your whitening appointment. Use flosser picks if you have a hard time handling regular dental floss that comes in a roll.Share
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