When you open your lips to speak or smile, your teeth create a first impression that can’t be beat. That’s why you want to present the brightest grin possible.

At EZ Dental Clinic in Bellevue, Washington, our expert dentistry team uses top-of-the-line professional teeth whitening treatments to turn dingy smiles into sparkling ones. But what do you do when you leave the office?

In this blog, we explain how you can keep your new smile looking great for as long as possible.

Prioritize oral hygiene

You probably already know about the most powerful tool in your toolbox when it comes to maintaining your professional whitening results — your toothbrush!

Every day, brush at least twice, and floss at least once. This can help remove staining agents and debris from the surfaces of your teeth. When possible, brush immediately after eating or drinking, as doing this can help reduce the chances of stains setting in. If you can’t brush after eating, try to rinse your mouth with water.

Watch what you eat

Certain foods and drinks can act as staining agents. As a rule, if you want to maintain your post-treatment pearly whites, reduce or minimize your teeth’s contact with the following foods and drinks:

  • Red wine, which is a powerful staining agent
  • Deeply colored fruit juices, such as grape juice
  • Fresh or frozen blueberries
  • Coffee and tea, which can cause teeth to yellow

If you consume any of these items — especially on a regular basis — make sure to clean your teeth as soon as possible. Furthermore, smoking cigarettes can also make your teeth appear yellow. So if you get a professional teeth whitening treatment at EZ Dental Clinic, this would be a great time to quit.

Stay in touch with your dental team

Having great teeth starts with keeping them strong and healthy. So make sure to come to EZ Dental Clinic twice a year to keep your teeth and gums in good shape. During your checkups, we can also see if you may be doing something to contribute to any staining, and we can give you guidance on how to combat it.

However, you should know that even if you take good care of your teeth, yellowing and getting stains is a natural part of life. Because of this, you may benefit from maintenance treatments to keep your teeth as white as possible.

Maintenance sessions need to be spaced at least six months apart. Talk to your provider at EZ Dental Clinic about your cosmetic dentistry concerns, and we can advise you on the best way to keep your smile bright and sparkling.

And, if you don’t want to come to the office for whitening treatments, we also offer home whitening kits. Our home whitening kits can give you professional results, but on your schedule. Our home treatments are superior to store-bought products, because our whitening formulas are much stronger, and we make custom trays that fit your mouth perfectly.

To get your teeth whitened, or to learn how to keep your teeth looking great, call 425-746-6090 or book an appointment online with EZ Dental Clinic today.

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