Tips after teeth whitening

Maintain your pearly white teeth

Whitening treatments are a brilliant place to start in the quest for white teeth. But it’s important to understand the extra measures you would need to undertake after the procedure, in order to keep your teeth whitening crisp and beautifully white for a long time.

If you expose your teeth to drinks or foods that have the propensity to stain, you may start to see your teeth whitening fade in as little as one month after the treatment. Those who manage to refrain from certain foods, and spend a little extra time being thoughtful about how they manage their eating, drinking and dental care, can expect their teeth whitening treatment to last as long as a year before showing any signs of stains.

So, teeth whitening can be costly and arduous but it doesn’t have to be hard work to keep them looking fantastic. Here are some tips to help your treatment last and last.

Avoid food/drinks that stain

If possible, avoid consuming drinks and foods that stain altogether. These may include, tea, coffee and red wine. If you must have these, then drink through a straw to avoid the liquid making contact with your teeth. Immediately after consuming such foods or drinks, rinse your mouth out with a generous swig of fresh water, and ideally give your teeth a quick brush too.

Regular dental hygiene

Be strict with your dental hygiene routine every day. Whitening treatments are the cherry on top of a great oral care regime. Brush your teeth twice daily, floss every day to get rid of plaque, and afterwards you must rinse with an antimicrobial mouthwash to kill bacteria. When shopping, choose whitening toothpaste that you can use once or twice a week that will assist in gently removing light staining and prevent your teeth from yellowing.

Forward planning

Consider your strategy for the future. After your first treatment, it’s already time to plan for the next one, perhaps in a year’s time. Certainly if you are a smoker or enthusiastic drinker of tea and coffee, then repeating a teeth whitening treatment will be essential to you. Visit your dentist for regular appointments. The dentist or hygienist can polish surface stains when they attend to your teeth. Be sure to talk with your dentist about the full range of options in oral care to ensure you are following best practice, and that they are aware of your preferred choices. Good luck and enjoy your dazzling white teeth!