Aftercare Tips for Teeth Whitening

Aftercare Tips for Teeth Whitening

Posted by Robin Mells on Jun 8 2022, 09:56 AM

Whiter teeth can make you look younger. As your teeth darken over time, your youthful smile starts to fade away. Many patients want to reverse this aging effect by whitening their teeth.

In addition to making you look younger, white teeth also make you look healthier. The foods and drinks you consume can stain your teeth. If you have stains, it can give other people the impression that you neglect your oral health. Many nowadays are considering teeth whitening to have a sparkly white smile.

In order to enjoy the results for a long time, you need to follow some tips, as mentioned below.

Brush your Teeth Twice a Day

Fluoride toothpaste can help to remineralize your teeth and improve the strength of your enamel. However, if you're using toothpaste with whitening properties, brush with it in moderation. Whitening toothpaste can weaken your enamel if you use it too much, so limit yourself to a couple of times a week.

Make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day, preferably after each meal. If not, plaque will build up on the surface of your teeth, which can make them appear discolored.

Floss Your Teeth Daily

Flossing your teeth once every day is an important step in the teeth whitening process. Remember to floss before you brush. Floss between all of your teeth as well as under your gumline. This will help remove food debris and plaque that may get trapped between your teeth.

Limit Foods and Drinks That Stain Teeth

Speaking of aftercare, ideally, you should avoid all dark foods and beverages for at least three days after your procedure. Any staining from things like coffee, tea, or red wine will only make your teeth look less white. This is because the whitening gel works by lifting the stains off of your teeth, but it cannot actually change color. Make sure to rinse your mouth with water after consuming any kind of food.

Wear a Mouthguard

Contact sports require mouthguards to protect teeth. But did you know that a mouthguard can protect teeth during everyday activities, too? Teeth whitening sometimes causes increased tooth sensitivity. If your teeth are especially sensitive, a mouthguard can keep them safe.

Avoid Smoking and Tobacco

Tobacco stains your teeth, so it's important to avoid smoking or tobacco use after a whitening treatment.

See Your Dentist Regularly

It can be difficult to keep up with your dental appointments. However, keeping up with these appointments and following your dentist's instructions can lengthen the lifespan of your whitening treatment.

For the best dental care in San Jose, CA, call (408) 243-4216, schedule an appointment, or visit us at 251 O'Connor Drive Suite #3, San Jose, CA 95128.

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