Professional teeth whitening can provide dramatic improvements very quickly. Within only an hour, you can walk out of the dentist’s office with a bright, younger looking, beautiful smile. If you decide to have your teeth professionally whitening, you’ll want to maintain that brilliant look as long as possible.
Here are some tips for extending the look of your rejuvenated smile.
Avoid staining foods and drinks.
Steer clear of things like red wine, coffee, teas, beets, dark sauces, or items containing artificial food coloring for at least 48 hours after whitening treatment. Choose foods that tend to polish teeth like leafy vegetables or crunchy carrots.
Tobacco is one of the main culprits that darkens smiles. It may be the reason you needed whitening treatment in the first place. For whiter teeth and better overall health, quit smoking.
Use a straw.
Direct contact with cold or hot drinks may make your teeth more sensitive after treatment, as well as risk staining your newly whitened teeth. Avoid drinking straight from glasses or bottles, opting to use a straw instead
Don’t brush too hard.
A general rule of thumb for proper oral hygiene is not brushing too vigorously, but it’s especially important following whitening treatment when your teeth are more sensitive. Hard brushing may scratch your teeth and lead to scarring, which can in turn cause cavities.
Breathe through your nose.
Mouth breathing may make your teeth more sensitive following treatment due to breathing in cold air, so try to keep your mouth closed and breathe through your nose instead.