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As with anything new, on the first day there is elation and enjoyment. But like a new car must be waxed and polished to keep its shine, teeth whitening requires maintenance to keep up a glowing appearance.

Instructions from the cosmetic dentist may include avoiding coffee, wine, tea or soda as consuming these beverages is likely one of the reasons you needed teeth whitening. Also, using tobacco in any form will result in yellowing of the enamel of the teeth.

So what is the best way to make a new bright smile last as long as possible? First of all, follow the advice provided by your cosmetic dentist. If you do partake of beverages with a dark pigment, try to follow consumption by rinsing your mouth with clear water.

Smoking produces a tar and nicotine residue that clings to teeth. To keep your smile dazzling, consider switching to electronic cigarettes, or better yet, quit altogether.

Healthy vegetables that require a lot of chewing to consume help to remove particles that cling to teeth. So think carrots or celery as an assist to prolonging your new smile.

Excellent oral hygiene habits of daily flossing and brushing with a fluoridated toothpaste or gel will also help to keep your smile bright. Twice yearly visits to your dental provider for a professional cleaning and exam will give your smile a polished look. [pullquote]Excellent oral hygiene habits of daily flossing and brushing with a fluoridated toothpaste or gel will also help to keep your smile bright.[/pullquote]

Finally, once you have decided to pursue teeth whitening, there are touch up kits available that will supplement your initial treatment.

It is important to remember that it is possible to “over-whiten” your teeth. Too much exposure can be problematic and damage the enamel so always follow the advice of your cosmetic dentist. The whitening agents provided by your dentist are the most powerful available, and when administered by your dental professional, they are completely safe. But whitening every six months is the maximum you should whiten to maintain healthy teeth enamel.

To make the most of your new smile makeover, follow the advice and instructions provided by your dentist, eat and drink wisely, and curtail damaging habits. If you do, you will be able to maximize the life of your whitening procedure as well as promote your own good dental health.

For additional information and to schedule your consultation, contact our Arlington TX team at Fielder Park Dental today.