If you want to preserve your smile for years to come, it’s important not to neglect at-home care. Without it, in-office procedures such as professional dental cleanings, whitening treatments, veneers, crowns and bonding become less effective, as plaque deposits can wear down the tooth’s structure and inflame surrounding gum tissue.
To keep your smile in tip-top shape, brush your teeth at least twice a day (especially after meals) and floss before bedtime. Once your teeth are clean and healthy, at-home cosmetic treatments like whitening strips or trays can be considered.
Once you reach a shade you’re happy with, move on to maintenance. This involves caring for teeth and gums via proper brushing and flossing, professional cleanings every six months, and frequent at-home bleaching touch-ups when your smile is need of a quick enhancement.
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