Teeth whitening performed by a dental professional in an office setting is the fastest and most effective way to brighten your smile. The results are often dramatic, whitening teeth as much as eight shades or more. If you professionally whiten your smile, your goal will be to keep it that bright for as long as possible.
Here are some tips for maintaining your white teeth.
Avoid foods and drinks that stain.
After you have whitened your teeth, avoid consuming foods and drinks known to stain. Items loaded with artificial food coloring are especially damaging. Some common culprits known to stain teeth include red wine, coffee, tea, beets, chocolate and dark berries. Try to eliminate these foods as much as possible, especially within the first few days after teeth whitening. Focus on foods that achieve a polishing effect on teeth like leafy vegetables or crunchy apples.
Gently brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Vigorous brushing may scratch the surface of teeth and even scar them, making them more prone to cavities. After whitening, your teeth may also be more sensitive and harsh brushing will be uncomfortable and harmful.
Use a straw.
Instead of drinking straight from glasses or bottles at least for the first few days after whitening treatment, use a straw for drinking. Direct contact with hot or cold drinks can cause discomfort due to teeth sensitivity, plus dark liquids can stain your teeth.
Tobacco is an enemy to your teeth and overall health. Teeth can become easily stained with tobacco use of any kind. In fact, this habit is likely the reason you needed teeth whitening in the first place. Do not continue smoking or other tobacco use after whitening or you’ll end up with yellow teeth again.