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Having a white smile can be very beneficial in a myriad of ways. It can boost your self-esteem, make a positive first impression, and even make socializing simpler and more convenient. Dr. Steven Rodriguez encourages you to maintain your bright smile so you can have the appearance you desire. To help you maintain your natural whiteness or the whiteness provided after a whitening treatment, our dental team has some helpful tips for you.

We recommend that you avoid eating and drinking things that can stain your smile, like coffee, tea, red wine, and dark berries. Now, we understand giving up these things can be difficult, so if you decide to eat or drink them, it’s best to brush your teeth after eating them or drink them through a straw.

We also recommend keeping up on oral hygiene. Brushing, flossing, and rinsing can help you remove surface stains regularly. All you need to do is brush twice a day, floss once a day, and rinse your mouth daily. While you do so, use a soft-bristled toothbrush, whitening toothpaste (but only once or twice a week—you should brush with fluoride toothpaste all other times), floss, and antiseptic mouthwash.

Lastly, we recommend considering touch-up whitening treatments. Sometimes you need to re-whiten your smile regularly to maintain the luster of your whitening treatment. Some treatments call for touch-ups every six months or one or two years following treatment. If you smoke or consume a lot of tooth-staining products, you may need touch-up treatments more.

For more tips, details, and information on how to maintain a white smile in Lansing, Michigan, our dental team at Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Lansing is more than happy to help! All you need to do is dial 517-333-3160 and we will be happy to give you the answers and tips you’re looking for so you can have the smile of your dreams. We look forward to hearing from and helping you!