Getting your teeth whitened costs money, and therefore you want to make sure that the invest you have made gets to last. Teeth whitening treatments do not make your teeth permanently white, and if you fail to take necessary care, in as little as 4 weeks, the whiteness achieved will start to fade.
The first 48 hours following a whitening treatment are crucial in ensuring its effectiveness. After a whitening procedure, your teeth remain highly porous and will stay like that for the next couple of days. This means that they are at high risk of staining and you should stay aware of what to eat and what to avoid to prevent this. Your dentist in Providence will usually advice that you stay away from foods and drinks likely to stain your teeth like red wine and coffee.
You will be asked to adhere to a strict ‘white Diet’, which means you will only consume white or clear foodstuffs to prevent teeth discoloration. Any food that you think might leave a stain if it were to get into contact with clothing should be avoided. Highly acidic foods or foods that are very cod or hot should also be avoided.
Foods included in the white diet are things like white meat (fish, chicken and turkey), bananas, cauliflower, potatoes, white beans, rice, skimmed milk, water, white rice and pitta bread. Things you should avoid eating include red meat, lemons, blueberries, beetroot, green beans, soft drinks like soda and juice, red wine, chocolates and sweets, tea, coffee and full fat milk
After whitening your teeth, you are advised not to brush your teeth for the next couple of hours. If your treatment was performed late in the day, you can skip brushing until the next day. When brushing on the second day, use water or a white toothpaste immediately after meals. Do not use mouthwash products or next for at least 24 hours.
Good dental practices do not stop with having your teeth whitened. To maintain the bright smile, you should ideally brush after every meal or after consuming a staining or acidic food. If it impossible for you to brush after every meal, do it twice daily to help maintain the whiteness. Flossing is also important as it helps maintain healthy gums by removing any bacteria build-up between teeth that your toothbrush may miss. Floss at least once everyday to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, which may affect the appearance of your smile.
Cutting down on staining foods and drinks will go along way in keeping your smile white. However, if you must consume drinks like colas, red wine, tea and coffee, using a straw will greatly minimize their contact with teeth, which reduces staining. This is especially beneficial for the front teeth which are often first to get in contact with drinks as you sip directly from a glass or cup.
Even after taking every precaution to prevent your teeth from staining, the importance a regular dental check-up cannot be emphasized enough. Through routine check-ups your dentist will be able to identify any potential problems that could ruin your smile and begin you on treatment to prevent extensive damage.
You can also talk to your dentist about getting some custom teeth whitening trays to be using at home. These will help maintain your white smile as they combine use of a gentle whitening gel that stays on the teeth overnight to encourage deeper penetration into the teeth, and thus you have whiter teeth over a period of time. Custom teeth trays can be re-used over a couple of years every few weeks. Disposable teeth whitening trays are available over the counter but they are not as effective.
Quitting smoking will not only help you have whiter teeth but it will also do a lot of good to your overall dental wellness. Tobacco stains are often difficult to remove even when using the best stain remover for teeth. By avoiding it you will prevent yellow and brown discoloration on your teeth.