If you’re looking to maintain a whiter, brighter smile you might be overwhelmed by which food and drinks you should avoid. The good news is, maintaining a white smile can easily fit into your daily routine (because we don’t expect you to give up your coffee addiction). We’ve put together the top 5 teeth whitening tips to maintain a brighter smile.
1. Brushing for at least 2 minutes twice a day
Arguably the most obvious way to keep your teeth white is by brushing twice a day. Although brushing regularly is vital for your teeth and gums, those who are looking for whiter teeth are most susceptible to tooth erosion. Over-brushing wears down the enamel on your teeth and can do the opposite to what you’re trying to achieve. A report by the ABC found that brushing too hard can cause irreversible damage to both gums and enamel. To combat this, look for a soft-bristled toothbrush and gentle toothpaste to work in circular motions at a 45-degree angle. Using the Day Toothpaste in the morning will build up the micro shield wax on your teeth to protect from stains. The Night Toothpaste will use the activated charcoal to gently remove surface stains.
2. Drinking your tea and coffee through a reusable straw
If you’re not willing to give up your morning coffee in hopes for a whiter smile, don’t worry, we get it. By drinking your tea or coffee through a reusable straw you can limit the amount of liquid coming into contact with the tooth's surface. Coffee and tea contain tannins, these are colour compounds that get stuck in the small divots and ridges on your enamel. An in vitro study found that coffee is responsible for visible extrinsic tooth staining. It only takes one cup of coffee a day to build up these surface stains. Next time you go to take a big sip of coffee, consider drinking it through a straw!
3. Rinsing your mouth with water after staining foods
If you’re one to get through a block of chocolate or love a rich butter chicken curry once a week, you might be shocked to know that you can still maintain a white smile. Doing something as simple as rinsing your mouth with water after eating can have huge benefits for your oral health as well as your tooth colour. When we eat, thousands of different bacteria are exposed to our teeth and gums, when these combine with acids, it can form plaque. We suggest swishing water around your mouth to dislodge any food particles directly after eating. When you rinse this out, it will flush away any bad bacteria and excess stains.
We get it, we even forget to floss sometimes, even though we all know it’s necessary, it’s the most forgotten step in the oral care routine. The ADA states that more than half the surface area of your teeth lay between them, so by missing this spot, you’re missing out on cleaning a large portion of your teeth. If you’re new to flossing or know that you don’t do it enough, we suggest putting some floss right next to your toothpaste and aiming for every second day to begin with. Flossing is important to stopping tooth and gum decay, but it’s also necessary to help remove the stains that build up in between each tooth.
5. Having a Whitening Maintenance Routine
A Teeth Whitening Kit is a great way to whiten your teeth from home without the associated costs from in house whitening. Naturally occurring surface stains can begin to reappear after your initial whitening, this is why it’s important to stay on top of your whitening maintenance routine. After using our Kit for 6 consecutive nights, we suggest using one 10 minute application every 2 weeks to maintain your shade. Following this routine, the Gel Refills will last you up to 12 weeks.
If you’re looking for a way to maintain a white smile, it doesn’t have to be hard. Simply brush twice a day with a gentle whitening toothpaste like the Day & Night Toothpaste. Try drinking your morning coffee through a reusable straw and rinse your mouth out with water after eating. Add in a daily floss and touch up once every 2 weeks with the Teeth Whitening Kit and Gel Refills.