If you’re looking for teeth whitening in Fulham, you’ll want to know your new smile is here to stay. Here are five sure-fire ways to keep your smile sparkling brightly for years to come.
How long does teeth whitening last?
How long teeth whitening lasts depends on the treatment you choose and how well you maintain your smile.
At our Fulham dentist, you can choose between Boutique and Enlighten whitening, both of which can last a few years with thorough care. But what does that look like?
Steer clear of certain foods and drinks
Avoid dark-hued foods and drinks such as wine, curry, cola, tea, soy sauce, berries, and tomatoes. The chemical compounds in these products - and their high acidity levels - mean they’re sure to stain your new smile.
If you can't avoid staining drinks, try and consume them through a straw to limit contact with your teeth.
Always look for alternatives wherever possible - swap cola for water, for instance. You can also try to limit the consumption of sugary and acidic drinks and snacks to mealtimes, as this will prevent frequent acid attacks on your teeth.
Eating crunchy vegetables and chewing gum between meals will encourage saliva production, washing away acids and bacteria.
Book a dental hygienist appointment
We know our stuff about teeth whitening in Fulham, and we will never whiten your teeth unless they’re free of decay and disease.
Regular hygienist appointments at your Fulham dentist are the best way to keep your teeth free of stains in the first instance. If you already have some staining and decide to whiten your teeth, visiting the hygienist every three to six months will ensure they retain their perfect new colour.
During your visit, you will receive a thorough teeth clean and extensive oral health advice to help you maintain the shade of your smile from home.
Nail your brushing technique
Between one dental hygienist appointment and the next, brushing is the thing that will keep your teeth plaque-free.
Remember: always use an electric toothbrush if possible. The bristles rotate faster than a manual toothbrush, which allows you to brush away surface stains before they have a chance to establish themselves.
Remember to wait at least 30 minutes after eating to brush, especially where sugary and acidic foods and drinks are concerned. Your enamel softens when it comes into contact with bacteria - brushing too quickly after eating can damage this vital protective layer.
Give up smoking
This might sound like an obvious one, but we can’t emphasise how much of a difference it makes.
If you are going to smoke after you have teeth whitening, bear in mind that the staining will come back - and it won’t take long for this to happen.
Many people are switching to vapes, although these can contain nicotine which will eventually cause some degree of staining.
We recommend giving up completely, if possible. The NHS offers useful advice and information to help you quit.
Top-up your treatment from home
When choosing teeth whitening in Fulham, you will often have the option to purchase top-up whitening gels. You can apply these at home when your smile needs a boost of brightness.
At New Smile Fulham, we take impressions and give you custom-made bleaching trays that fit over your teeth. You can then use these whenever you like and get top-up gels directly through us, to keep your teeth at their optimum shade.
Where to get teeth whitening in Fulham
If you are looking for local expert treatment and don’t want to travel, we offer professional treatment. Get in touch with our friendly team to book a consultation!