See the checklist below with the do’s and don’ts after professional/laser dental whitening.
In order to make those perfectly white teeth last for long, you need to pay special attention to your regular dental hygiene. In many cases, cosmetic dentists even suggest patients should perform a follow up home dental whitening at some point (but no sooner than 4 weeks after in office whitening). However, make sure you will brush, floss and rinse your mouth with a whitening/antibacterial mouthwash regularly. You want to maintain your teeth healthy, extra clean and white for a long time.
A wise practice would be to avoid altogether the staining beverages including red wine, coffee or cola. Also avoid the natural fruit juices which can easily stain your teeth especially if you drink within the first few days after professional dental whitening. To prevent any teeth stains from beverages, you should get in the habit of drinking through a straw. This way, the liquids will not come in contact with your teeth.
After each meal, you should rinse your mouth with pure water. By doing this, you will eliminate all the food particles from in between the teeth, and you’ll also do away with potentially staining particles from the mouth. It only takes 3 seconds, so make a habit of rinsing your mouth.
Opt for toothpaste that contains whitening ingredients. However, try to stay away from those ultra abrasive toothpastes which can damage the natural enamel of your teeth There are so many organic, smooth composition toothpastes that have a natural whitening effect…
For a few days at least, stay away from dark chocolate, berries, tomato sauce, ketchup, mustard, or sauces that might contain curry.
After professional dental whitening, women should avoid wearing lipstick or lip gloss for about a week. These products contain chemicals that can stain badly the “freshly” whitened teeth.
If you are a smoker, you should be careful because this unhealthy habit can leave permanent marks on your teeth. Smoking only facilitates dental staining, and the accumulation of plaque and tartar on your teeth.
There are many very popular in-office dental whitening systems available. Before opting for one, make sure to talk to your dentist and ask him about the advantages/disadvantages of each. For example, if you have got a weak, almost translucent set of teeth, the dentist will suggest a very mild dental whitening system, so that your enamel will not get damaged. Also, remember that dental whitening in general weakens the enamel, and your teeth might become sensitive.
Dental experts suggest no one should get more than 1 or maximum 2 dental whitening treatments per year. Some of the most popular systems include BriteSmile, LaserSmile or the Zoom teeth whitening system.