Keeping Your Teeth Sparkling After Having Them Whitened

21 August 2018
 Categories: Dentist, Blog


Having a professional tooth whitening treatment is the best way by far to make your teeth sparkle. It's more effective than home treatments, but, of course, it usually costs a bit more for such an effective way to get your teeth whiter.

There's no permanent solution to discoloured teeth, however, and eventually you'll need to have them whitened again if you want them to stay perfect. To delay this happening, there are a few things you can do after your initial whitening treatment so your teeth are less likely to become discoloured quickly.

Eat the right foods

There are plenty of foods out there that contribute to stains on your teeth, and the list is a long one. Some of the more common things are dark-coloured fruits and vegetables, drinks like coffee and red wine, and anything with artificial colouring. Turmeric and a few other spices are also a problem.

You don't have to avoid them completely, but don't eat them too often if you can help it. In the week following your tooth whitening treatment, however, it's best to keep them out of your diet because your teeth will be temporarily more prone to picking up stains.

Use a straw

All sorts of fizzy drinks will stain your teeth, even if they're sugar-free. Cutting down on them is your best bet, but if you must drink them, use a straw. By doing this, more of the beverage bypasses your teeth, and when it's not in contact with them, it can't stain them. It's helpful to get a reusable straw and carry it with you so you're never stuck without one.

Brush your teeth properly

There's never a better time to get into good brushing habits than after having your teeth whitened. Doing so goes a long way towards preventing stains. Brush for two to three minutes morning and night and at other times during the day after eating, if possible. After you brush, you should avoid rinsing so the fluoride has more time to work at protecting your teeth.

If you want to use a whitening toothpaste after having treatment, go for one that's not abrasive, and check with your dentist if you're unsure.

Schedule regular cleaning

Taking care of your teeth at home is important, but nothing beats a professional deep clean from a dentist or dental hygienist. Make time to visit regularly and have your teeth professionally cleaned, and you'll help stop stains setting in. It also helps protect your enamels and removes any unsightly tartar that's building up.