Many people consider teeth whitening when they are unhappy with the shade of their smile. Teeth whitening is a great, quick smile fix that will have you feeling more confident with your teeth. The treatment will give you the bright smile you’ve always wanted. However, even after treatment, you have to take care of your teeth so they stay bright. Are you unsure about how to care for your teeth after teeth whitening? Here are some tips to consider after you get your teeth whitened to ensure a long-lasting bright smile.
1. Stay away from colored foods and drinks for at least 72 hours.
To ensure the best results, you want to avoid any immediate teeth staining. The best way to make sure this doesn’t happen is to drink mainly water and eat colorless foods. In particular, avoid these when you can tea and coffee, red pasta sauce, soy sauce, barbecue sauce, fruit juice, and dark chocolate. You should also avoid acidic foods like lemons, oranges, and other citrus fruits. These can weaken your enamel.
2. Keep up with proper oral hygiene for healthy teeth.
For the best results, try to do the following as often as you can. Brush your teeth at least twice every day. Floss at least once a day to help remove any plaque that builds up over time. Rinse your mouth with mouthwash at least once every day. This too will help kill the types of bacteria that cause plaque build-up. Consider using whitening toothpaste at least once or twice a week. The whitening toothpaste is a way to give yourself minor touch-ups on the whitening when needed.
3. Consider touch-up whitening treatments.
Teeth whitening isn’t permanent and we aren’t perfect. There are going to be times when you eat or drink whatever you want despite the teeth whitening rules. At Philly Dentistry, after your ZOOM! Whitening Treatment, we already anticipate your need for future touch-ups. That’s why we send you home with extra whitening gel and custom-made trays. You will be able to apply touch-ups when you think it’s needed and keep your smile super bright!