Teeth whitening is not a single, one-time, or a permanent process. If you see yourself eating substantial amounts of teeth-staining food and drink, then your teeth will start staining within a month or so.
Even if you avoid such food or drinks, then within a year or thereabouts, you will require a follow-up teeth whitening procedure or at the least, a touch-up.
So here are a few tips and tricks that will help you keep your teeth as white as possible for the longest period of time...
- Obviously, avoid food and rinks that stain the teeth. Avoid black tea, strong coffee, etc and if you must drink them, then do use a straw.
This will pass the liquid directly into the gullet, by-passing the teeth. This way, you can have your cake and eat it too.
- Feel free to brush and floss immediately after you consume such beverages and food. Sometimes, that's not possible. So at very least, rinse and gargle after you consume teeth staining food and beverages.
If you are at a restaurant or a party and are unable to gargle, do so the moment you get home.
- Daily and regular oral hygiene is critical. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss at least once or better still, twice daily. Not only will you clear the gunk out, you will also keep your teeth white and healthy.
- Use a teeth whitening toothpaste once or twice a week
- Ask your dentist and follow-up on the touch-up treatments.