Secrets to Keeping Your Teeth White

People come into our office interested in a brighter, whiter smile. Here are a few tips I give my patients about keeping those chompers looking great!

  1. Avoid foods and drinks that cause staining. Coffee, wine, and pop are some of the culprits to dulling your bright whites. Smoking also can cause your teeth to discolor. Ideally, limiting your consumption of these items will keep your teeth looking whiter longer and without as much maintenance.

  2. We are all human, so having your daily java will just mean you have to freshen up your smile a little more regularly. You should only need to whiten once, and then reapply to maintain your whiten smile. I usually recommend an initial round of whitening, usually 10-14 days with at home custom whitening or one in-office visit to whiten. After the initial treatment, I look at it like an oil change. Every few months it is important to do a few days of whitening at home to keep the teeth looking their whitest. Usually it is easiest to think about whitening around your 6 months visits to the dentist because it will be fresh in your mind. You can also pick up the whitening gel at your visit if you run out.

  3. Finally, I recommend avoiding whitening toothpastes. The typical whitening toothpaste contains added abrasives that can cause wear on your teeth and gums when used over a long period of time. For most people this can be benign and not cause a problem, but I have seen many people that have worn away so much enamel that their teeth were constantly cold sensitive and we needed to place fillings over their worn enamel so they could eat ice cream again.

There you have it! If you have any questions, you can always give us a call at 317-887-0700 or e-mail us at

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