Signs You Need to Get a Professional Teeth Whitening

Like many cosmetic procedures, teeth whitening needs to be done regularly to maintain your results. Here’s how to tell when you need an initial teeth whitening or a touch-up.

The enamel of your teeth is prone to staining over time, especially if you regularly enjoy foods and drinks that cause discoloration. Yellowing can happen so gradually that it can be difficult to tell when you need to whiten your teeth again.

However, there are signs that can show you should get your teeth whitened. At Image Dental, our providers offer teeth whitening services that can give you a more brilliant, attractive smile. In this blog, they explain how you can tell if it’s time to book another round, and they also explain how you can keep your teeth whiter between sessions.

Signs your teeth need whitening 

Teeth whitening has become a very popular dental service, and it’s clear to see why. A good whitening can take teeth that are dull and make them look bright white. If you’ve been thinking about getting your teeth whitened, here are some signs you should book an appointment.

Your teeth are noticeably yellow 

Ideally, your teeth should match the natural, off-white color of your eyes. Stand in a bright bathroom and smile into the mirror. If they’re noticeably yellower than the whites of your eyes, it might be time to refresh your smile. 

Over-the-counter products aren’t cutting it 

While whitening toothpastes and mouthwash can make a difference, sometimes they’re not enough. Abrasive products, such as charcoal and salt, should also be avoided, as they can wear away enamel, which cannot be replaced. If you’re constantly trying to scrub stains away, it’s a sign you’d be better off getting your teeth whitened by a professional. 

You feel self-conscious about showing your teeth

Yellowing is a natural process and not necessarily an indication of your dental health. While people with poor oral hygiene often have discolored teeth, it’s normal for teeth to darken with age. If you’re over age 30 and you’ve never whitened your teeth, you’re likely due for a visit to your dentist. An in-office whitening can help your teeth look great again. 

Maintaining your results after teeth whitening

There’s a long list of foods and drinks that can stain or yellow your teeth, and some can even eat away at enamel. Some of the worst offenders include the following: 

  • Berries 
  • Wine 
  • Tea
  • Coffee 
  • Tomatoes
  • Curry 
  • Cola 
  • Soy sauce

These are just a few examples. If something can severely stain your shirt if you spill it, there’s a good chance it will do the same to your teeth. 

You should make sure to rinse with water whenever you indulge in one of these foods or beverages. The longer you let something sit on your teeth, the more potential it has to cause problems. Brushing after meals can help cut down on yellowing, and it can also reduce your chances of developing tooth decay.

Are you ready for a whiter smile? You can request a cleaning and whitening session at the same time to make things more convenient. To get the smile you desire, call 209-392-5688 or book an appointment online with Image Dental today.

Stephen Nozaki, DDS, MPH, DIDIA

Dr. Stephen Nozaki is the owner and lead dentist at Image Dental in Stockton. He is a dedicated professional born and raised in California's Central Valley. With a commitment to his community, he brings advanced dental techniques learned from extensive education and continuous training from around the world. A third-generation Japanese American, Dr. Nozaki has a rich background that includes international living and a deep passion for both dentistry and outdoor activities. His focus in dentistry aligns with his passion for cosmetics and dental implants.