Many people are looking into teeth whitening to brighten up their smile in a conservative, non-invasive way.
Having white teeth has become almost an obsession in today’s culture – new methods and gadgets are popping up frequently on social media and more emphasis is being placed on good looks and selfie culture.
However, keep in mind that different whitening procedures will vary in price, effectiveness, longevity, and most importantly, safety.
So, please consult with a dental professional first before going ahead. Also, keep in mind that what you do after teeth whitening will also determine how long the ‘white’ effect lasts.
To recap, the more popular ways to brighten up a smile non-invasively today include:
Here are a few guidelines to follow after an in-office bleaching session to keep your smile shining bright for a while:
1. Avoid certain foods & beverages:
This may seem quite difficult (and depressing) to maintain but think of the long-term result! The list above is not limiting – anything similar will have a negative effect on how long your teeth remain white after the procedure.
On the other hand, here is a list of some foods and drinks you can have (also known as ‘the white diet’), which includes water, milk, chicken/turkey, fish, rice, paste, cheese, eggs, and bananas. Again, don’t despair, it’s only for a few days!
2. Brush your teeth regularly
But maybe more than normal to keep them looking their absolute best (this includes flossing!)
3. Don’t go back to your old toothpaste
Use a gentle whitening toothpaste a week or so after the procedure in order to maintain the color for a longer period of time. Try to however avoid the ultra abrasive ones.
4. Use the home whitening kit provided by your dentist
Additionally, follow the instructions as explained to you. Keep up with your touch-up treatments to ensure the white colors last
5. Use straws to avoid staining
This is to minimize contact or exposure time between your teeth and the stain-causing drink; use metal straws as they are more environmentally friendly and you’ll be able to sip on both cold and hot beverages
6. Quit smoking
Smoking stains your teeth and is bad for your health, therefore it is recommended to stop for 48 hours or altogether quit the habit. Not only will your teeth stay whiter, but you will have far better health.
7. Rinse with water after consuming any food or beverage that may stain your teeth
This way, your teeth won’t be bathing in discolored saliva for some time
Don’t forget to enjoy your smile and show your teeth!
If done correctly, this procedure can give a boost to your self-esteem and make you feel more confident and much happier!
Contact us for more details! I would be more than happy to help guide you towards a long-lasting brighter and whiter smile.