lady with white teethHave you recently gotten your teeth whitened, or are you about to do so? If so, then you are surely going to love the bright, white smile and the confidence you get when you show off those pearly whites. However, teeth whitening only lasts so long with regular use of your mouth. Let’s face it, you sort of need to eat and drink. If you want the effects to last as long as possible, there are a few things you can do to increase the amount of time you have that appearance. Here are some tips to increase the longevity of your whitened effects.

Make Sure to Watch What You Eat… and Drink!

What you eat and drink makes a big difference on the appearance of your teeth. The enamel on your teeth can take a stain-beating, so to speak, but only for so long. If your main diet consists of foods and drinks that would stain your teeth, then you need to make sure you change that for longer-lasting effects. Avoid things like coffee and tea, sports drinks, and staining juices in terms of what you drink. For foods, you also need to avoid specific things, including beets, curries, and berries. All of these things will leave residual effects on your teeth long after you eat or drink them, and can decrease how long your teeth look bright white.

Brush Regularly

If you didn’t make sure to brush twice a day the right way before getting your teeth whitened, then you definitely need to do so afterwards. This is the best way to get debris off of your teeth, and reduce the stains that your teeth can take. Make sure you brush first thing in the morning, and again at night before you go to bed for the night. You want to make sure you brush for at least two minutes per time, and make sure that you brush gently. If you brush too rough, you could quickly brush some of the whitened enamel off of your teeth. This could make your white teeth appear yellow in very little time.

Use the Right Tools to Help

Instead of getting your teeth whitened, then going home to use the same toothpaste and mouthwash, flip out your tools. Get yourself a whitening toothpaste that your dentist recommends, and get a whitening mouthwash without alcohol in it. This will increase the whitening effect’s longevity, and give you a more confident smile for a longer period of time than using your old standard tools for oral hygiene. You may not see much of a difference, but these can help your smile stay white an extra few months, if you use it in combination with the other tips mentioned.

Don’t Forget Your Dentist

One of the best tools to help you keep your teeth white is your dentist. Go in and see them on time so they can help keep your teeth healthy, which helps them look whiter. Go in every six months like they recommend, and your teeth are sure to look better for a longer period of time. They will clean your teeth, check on any areas that may be prone to cavities, and help you keep your teeth healthy.

Teeth whitening can give you a lot of confidence and just help you feel better about yourself overall. If you want to keep your smile white for as long as possible, make sure to take good care of them. Keep your teeth clean, eat and drink the right items, and brush carefully. These will help you keep that good feeling for as long as you can.