Aftercare tips for teeth whitening

You’ve finally taken the plunge and scheduled a teeth whitening treatment with us. Great! Before your upcoming appointment, here are some do’s and don’ts to remember afterwards to keep your pearly whites shining.

What is cosmetic teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a process of lightening the colour of your teeth. It is a popular cosmetic procedure that can be done at home or in our dental office. We have a range of products and methods available to whiten your teeth.

Here are some things to consider before you whiten your teeth:

  • Talk to your dentist first: We can help you decide if teeth whitening is right for you and recommend the best method for your needs.
  • Be aware of the risks: Teeth whitening can cause tooth sensitivity, gum irritation, and other side effects.
  • Follow your dentist’s instructions carefully: Whether we give you a take-home kit or you are having your teeth whitened in-office, it’s essential to follow the instructions carefully to avoid problems.

What are the benefits of teeth whitening? 

There are many benefits of teeth whitening, including a boost to your self-confidence and a more youthful appearance. Whiter teeth can also make you look more professional and approachable, which can be helpful in both your personal and professional life.

In addition to the aesthetic benefits, teeth whitening can also help remove stains and discolouration that may have been caused by certain foods, drinks, or tobacco use.

What should you do after getting your teeth whitened?

When you’ve achieved your goal of whiter teeth, taking care of them is essential so that your results last. Here are a few simple guidelines you should follow after getting your teeth whitened: 

  • Brush and floss regularly, as you should be doing anyway. This will help remove any plaque or debris that could cause your teeth to stain. However, remember to be gentle when you are brushing your teeth.
  • Use a gentle whitening toothpaste a week or so after the procedure to maintain the colour for a more extended period. Try to avoid using abrasive toothpaste. 
  • Use a straw when drinking beverages that could stain your teeth. You can also rinse your mouth with water after consuming foods or drinks that typically stain. 
  • Lastly, it would be best to touch up your teeth with at-home whitening products or professional treatments as needed.

What should you avoid after getting your teeth whitened?

There are a few things you should avoid after getting your teeth whitened. 

  • First, you should avoid eating or drinking anything that could stain your teeth. This includes coffee, tea, red wine, and cigarettes. You should also avoid eating acidic foods like citrus fruits and tomatoes.
  • Don’t wear lipstick or coloured gloss for at least one week after a whitening treatment, as lipstick can leave pigments that will stain your teeth.
  • Finally, you should avoid using mouthwashes that contain alcohol, as this can dry out your teeth and make them more susceptible to staining.

Check out our more in-depth guide on avoiding stains after teeth whitening.