Teeth whitening can lift away years of stains from your teeth, allowing you to enjoy a brighter smile you can feel confident showing off. To ensure your treatment results last as long as possible, use these do’s and don’ts to avoid sensitivity and discoloration.
Teeth often become more sensitive for a while after whitening. To alleviate sensitivity, ask your dentist if you can use fluoride before and after the treatment. Fluoride helps remineralize teeth and minimizes sensitivity.
To keep your teeth white after the treatment, ask your dentist about touch-ups. While professional dental treatments can last as long as five years, your dentist may suggest touching up periodically with at-home whitening trays. Ask which products and whitening gels are safe to use at home, and whether they suggest using prescription-strength whitening products.
Consume heavily pigmented foods.
After you whiten your teeth, steer clear of heavily pigmented foods, such as berries, soy sauce, chocolate, red meat, and red wine. Instead, focus on consuming light-colored foods like chicken, yogurt, and cheese. If you enjoy a potentially staining dish, rinse your mouth with water afterward.
Avoid smoking for at least a day following your whitening treatment. Cigarette smoke is filled with stain-causing tannins and chemicals, including tar. This waiting period allows saliva to start remineralizing the teeth, preventing deep staining.
However, if possible, wait for as long as possible after your whitening treatment to smoke, or consider quitting altogether to keep your teeth white and healthy.
When you’re ready for teeth whitening, turn to Kaimuki Dental Group. With a staunch commitment to excellence and safety, these dental professionals offer compassionate care to patients across Oahu. Take advantage of their convenient office hours by calling (808) 737-7905 to make an appointment today. Find out more about their services online.