Now that you have pearly whites after a professional teeth whitening treatment, it is important to understand how to preserve that smile. Continue reading to learn the top three tips for preserving professional teeth whitening treatment results. If you have any further questions regarding after-care for your whitening treatment, do not hesitate to reach out to our office.
Avoid foods and drinks that can stain.
It is best to avoid foods and drinks that can stain the teeth. Anything that is dark red, purple, or containing chemicals that may discolor your teeth should be avoided. If you believe that a food or drink would stain a white shirt, it can also stain your teeth. Stay away from the following drinks and foods:
- Black tea
- Red pasta sauces
- Black coffee
- Red wine
Drink lots of water.
Drinking water throughout the day can prevent plaque buildup and increase your smile’s health. Plaque can create a yellow film on the surface of your teeth. It can also lead to cavities and poor oral health. Sticking to water after your professional teeth whitening treatment is best. Water helps you to produce saliva which naturally restricts the plaque bacteria’s ability to stick to the surface of your teeth.
Avoid tobacco products.
Tobacco products can severely damage your oral health. The main culprits in tobacco products are nicotine and tat which lead to yellow or even yellowish-brown staining on the teeth. The nicotine and tar from smoking products seep into the tooth’s enamel through tiny pores which leaves the teeth discolored.
Stick to room temperature foods.
Your teeth may be susceptible to a bit of sensitivity after a whitening treatment. It is best to stick to room temperature foods and drinks to avoid anything hot or cold that may cause your teeth to inflict pain. The first 72 hours after a teeth whitening treatment is the most sensitive time. It is best to stick with room temperature food and drinks within this period of time to avoid pain.
Eat crunchy foods
Healthy eating and digestion habits are essential to feeding your body the best nutrients to maintain a healthy and bright smile. After a professional whitening treatment, it is best to eat crunchy foods that can be natural tooth cleaners such as the following:
- Carrot sticks
These foods cause natural saliva production and assist with scrubbing your teeth while you chew.
Contact The Dental Associates of Basking Ridge
Dental Associates of Basking Ridge is a compassionate, gentle, and professional state-of-the-art dental practice serving Basking Ridge, Morris & Somerset County. Our office is always ready to greet our patients with a smile, take the time to answer any questions, and provide the quality dental services our patients expect. Please contact us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to serving you!