Getting your teeth whitened is the first step towards achieving that beautiful, movie-star smile that you have always desired. However, things don't end there. Just because you have undergone treatment does not mean that your teeth are stain-proof. Without proper care, your white teeth can quickly acquire yellow or brown stains. This will render the treatment useless, and you will be forced to spend more money on another teeth-whitening regimen. Luckily, you can prevent this by taking measures to keep your teeth white for as long as possible. Here are some simple and actionable tips to help you achieve white teeth for a longer period.

Avoid teeth-staining foods

You cannot keep your teeth white if you still want to eat foods that cause discoloration to the enamel. Immediately after your whitening procedure, make a vow to stay away from foods and drinks such as caffeinated beverages, soda, red wine, tomatoes, and highly pigmented foods such as beets. Luckily, most of these foods can be avoided without causing adverse nutritional effects. You can also replace some of them with other foods that don't stain the teeth. For example, replace caffeine with herbal teas and eat other foods such as leafy vegetables and meats in the place of beets. You can always eat these foods once in a while, but make sure that you brush your teeth immediately after.

Practise proper dental hygiene

Proper dental hygiene is essential to maintaining white and healthy teeth. If you don't brush regularly, plaque and tartar will build up on your teeth. The black and yellow stains will ruin the appearance of your teeth. Similarly, if you don't brush and floss regularly, you may end up developing unsightly cavities which may also cause bad breath.  Practise proper hygiene by cleaning the teeth after every meal, flossing and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash that's suitable for everyday use. Also, invest in a good toothbrush with soft but sturdy bristles, and replace it every three months.

Get regular cleaning

Even with proper dental hygiene, some problems tend to creep up on you. You may still develop stains from the food you eat. That's why it is important to see your dentist regularly for cleanings. Doing so will help you keep your teeth white for an extended period. Also, during the appointment, your dentist will check the teeth and identify a problem before it emerges. They can help you avoid other dental issues such as gum disease and tooth decay.

Getting your teeth whitened doesn't mean that they will never get stained again. Follow these tips to preserve your beautiful smile. Don't hesitate to visit your dentist if you need subsequent teeth whitening or cleaning.