Whitening your teeth can dramatically improve the brightness and color of your smile. In order to get the most out of your professional whitening treatment take the time to insure proper care for your teeth. Everything from the food you eat to the drinks you drink can impact the longevity of your bleaching results. Here are some tips on keeping your teeth pearly white!
Avoid Dark Drinks
After whitening your teeth, they are more susceptible to staining because of dehydration. The gel can cause your teeth to dehydrate so they will want to soak up anything you place in your mouth. It is especially important to avoid dark foods and drinks for the first 48-72 hours after whitening. Things like coffee, tea, soda, dark juices, and pigmented fruit can all affect the color of your teeth. Drinking light color drinks or water can help your whitening results last a lot longer. If you do need your cup of coffee in the morning try adding milk or drinking it with a straw. Also carrying a toothbrush with you to brush after eating or drinking dark color foods can help the longevity.
Do not smoke cigarettes
Cigarettes are one of the major cause of staining and discoloration of teeth. It’s understandable that it is a hard habit to break. But try to avoid smoking as much as possible. Smoking puts you at a higher risk for a number of diseases and oral cancer. With whitening your teeth it may give you the opportunity to quit altogether. Another option is to switch to an “e-cigarette” or vapor. These give off colorless vapor but can still give you the nicotine you’re carving.