Teeth whitening is one of the most common cosmetic dental treatments people ask for. Whether you opt for in-office whitening, or at-home bleaching, a brighter, whiter smile will make you look younger, and give you more confidence in your smile. But just because you have newly whitened teeth, does that mean you have to avoid that tempting glass of red wine at your next holiday party? Your Chicago dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg, has some great tips for you to be able to have your white teeth, and drink your red wine, too.
Enjoying Red Wine without Teeth Staining
- Brush Before You Drink: When you see someone with a purple smile at a party, the stains are actually a result of wine’s dark color sticking to the plaque on their teeth. If you give yourself a good brushing before drinking a glass of wine, your teeth will be much less susceptible to discoloration. However, don’t brush immediately after you drink wine. The high acidity of vino will soften tooth enamel and put your teeth at risk for damage. Wait 30 minutes to an hour before brushing and flossing. (more…)