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How to extend the results of teeth whitening in Chicago

Woman with smileYou have a very bright, beautiful future ahead. You might be wondering how we can be so sure. No, we didn't consult a fortuneteller or a crystal ball. We can see a brilliant smile in your future because you have access to the most requested teeth whitening treatments in America! Big Smile Dental offers a variety of bleaching solutions, to fit your preferences, lifestyle, and budget. However, there is darkness in the distant future, because the same things that stained your teeth in the first place will stain them again. We will let you in on three secrets to keeping your smile bright for life.

Oral hygiene

You might get tired of hearing “brush and floss,” but it really is the best way to keep your teeth healthy. However, you might not know that good hygiene can also help keep your smile beautiful, and not just by avoiding ugly cavities. When wine or coffee is spilled on white linen, what is the first thing you do? Rinse it out before the stain sets in. The same principle applies with teeth. Along with destructive bacteria, plaque also harbors dark, stain-causing particles from foods and beverages. The sooner they are removed, the less opportunity they have to cause stains.

Good habits

There is a simple formula for prolonging the brilliance of your smile. Just avoid the things that cause stains. The most common culprits are tobacco, coffee, tea, red wine, berries, and other dark foods or beverages. Those with a high acid content, such as wine or berries, spell double-trouble, because they soften tooth enamel, making stains penetrate more easily. You may not be able (or willing) to avoid some of these things, but you can minimize the damages by drinking through a straw, and rinsing your mouth promptly.

Maintenance treatments

In reality, even the best of intentions probably won't keep all potential stains away from your teeth. Even if you avoid the top offenders mentioned above, your bright smile will dull, ever so slowly. However, you can easily remove new stains with periodic touch-ups. Many people prefer at-home trays for this, because they can be used as needed. The frequency of maintenance bleaching treatments will vary, depending on how often your teeth are exposed to staining substances. It may range from twice annually, to once every several years.

Call Big Smile Dental at 773-772-8400 and schedule an appointment to whiten your smile today.

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