What happens after whitening your teeth? After recently getting your teeth whitened, flashing your new smile gives you new confidence you didn’t have before not to mention you look good. But there is that concern lingering of what can I do to keep them the way they are now. After all, you did just pay to get them whitened and don’t want to waste the money spent on treatment.
You don’t want to look in the mirror and see discoloration on your teeth. So, what are some of the ways you can keep your teeth white? Let us find out.
Before getting your teeth whitened, you want to visit your dentist to get a full examination of your teeth. You want to ensure you have healthy, strong teeth since not everyone is eligible to receive whitening treatment. But even if you do receive treatment, there are some possible side effects you can experience such as sensitive teeth or soft tissue irritation. If your teeth are still sensitive for more than a couple of days, you want to talk to your dentist about it to come up with a solution to treat your teeth.
Now, within 24 hours, there are some foods you want to avoid that stain our teeth. Foods such as
- Dark, colored drinks – coffee, tea, soda, fruit juices, alcoholic beverages
- Sauces – soy sauce, barbecue
- Foods – pomegranate, fruits, red meat, chocolate
Then, you have to avoid other products which stain from colored toothpaste to colored mouthwashes and smoking. You want to avoid these products for the next day to prevent staining your teeth right after treatment.
However, to keep your teeth white there are a couple of ways to do so. And yes, one of them is avoiding eating so much of the foods mentioned above but also finding a balance. Here is what you can do.
- If you’re a coffee person or love to drink beverages that stain white shirts, try drinking with a straw to limit the exposure of your teeth. You want to have these drinks in moderation. You can also rinse your mouth with water after drinking stained-causing beverages.
- Practice good oral hygiene! Brushing your teeth once a day won’t cut it, we need to brush our teeth twice a day to remove leftover residue from earlier in the day and bacteria. And, this includes flossing your teeth. You want to use fluoride toothpaste when brushing.
- Visiting the dentist to get your annual cleaning and checkup.
- Using other products such as whitening toothpaste. Discuss with your dentist about recommendations on products and for how long you should use the product.
Having a stainless smile after treatment can be a challenge when we go back to doing what we were doing before, but we can keep our teeth white if we limit the exposure of stain-causing foods and thoroughly cleaning our teeth.
If you are thinking about getting your teeth whitening, consult with your dentist to see if you’re eligible to get your teeth whitened. Not everyone can, and you want to ensure your teeth are healthy. Find out what to know about whitening your teeth before getting treatment. If you want to make an appointment for a consultation, fill out our form to visit your dentist.