Teeth whitening is a great way to make your teeth look whiter, healthier and younger, too. But it’s a temporary procedure. The length of your results depends on how you maintain your teeth and the type of whitening.

Your Lifestyle Makes a Difference

Beautiful young woman with a perfectly, whitened smile.Teeth whitening can remove many different kinds of stains, but it won’t prevent new stains from forming. If you don’t change your lifestyle, your teeth will become stained again relatively soon after teeth whitening.

Some minor changes can make a big difference in how long your whitening lasts. If you are currently a smoker, quitting will prevent one of the biggest causes of staining. But not everybody can quit smoking just like that. If not, try cutting down.

You can also cut down or cut out staining foods and beverages from your diet. Coffee, tea, and colas are some of the biggest culprits for staining, partly because people tend to drink them all day long. Cut down to fewer cups a day, and rinse your teeth with water after you drink them. Red wine is staining, too, so consider switching to white more often.

Don’t forget to brush your teeth twice a day to remove staining, but don’t use an abrasive tooth whitening toothpaste. This will damage your enamel and eventually make your teeth turn permanently yellow.

Not All Whitening Is Created Equal

It’s also important to remember that some whitening can give you longer-lasting results than others. In-office whitening gives great results, but they tend to be shorter-term.

Take-home whitening trays work for longer because you can use them regularly to help maintain your results. That way, you’re constantly overcoming the staining on a daily basis, and your results can last forever.

We offer both types of whitening so you can get fast results and help them last.

Beyond Whitening: Getting Even Whiter Teeth

Teeth whitening has one major limitation: it can only make your teeth as white as your enamel is naturally. If your enamel isn’t as white as you want it, there is nothing whitening can do. The same is true if staining is coming from within the tooth.

But fear not: porcelain veneers can effectively whiten your teeth, allowing them to become any tint you desire, and even covering discoloration that comes from the interior of teeth. And porcelain veneers can give you ten years or more of a bright white smile with proper maintenance.

If you would like to learn more about the best whitening solution for you, please call (949) 551-5902 today for an appointment with an Orange County cosmetic dentist at Rice Dentistry in Irvine.