Investing in a professional teeth whitening is a commitment to also ensure you can maintain those pearly whites shinning for a while after treatment has been completed.
For many, simply using a whitening toothpaste is enough, but for the most part some food choices and drinks will stain your teeth, so to ensure the white lasts longer, we have a small list of food and drinks to avoid:
- Avoid the consumption of or exposure to products that stain your teeth, such as coffee, tea, and red wine. If you do choose to consume beverages that stain, consider using a straw so that the liquid bypasses your front teeth.
- Brush or rinse immediately after consuming stain-causing beverages or foods.
- Avoid all dark staining foods like beef based sauces, soy sauce, red meat, chocolate and staining foods and vegetables such as berries or beets.
- Follow good oral hygiene practices. Brush your teeth at least twice daily, floss at least once daily to remove plaque, and rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash at least once a day to kill bacteria that cause plaque. Use a whitening toothpaste (once or twice a week only) to remove surface stains and prevent yellowing. Use a regular toothpaste the rest of the time.
- Consider touch-up treatments. Depending on the whitening method used, you may need a touch-up every 6 months or after a year or two. If you smoke or drink lots of stain-causing beverages, you may need a touch up more often.
- Avoid any foods or drinks that would leave a stain on a white shirt.
Having beautiful white teeth is a confidence booster and a sign of great dental health. We love to see our patient’s confident bright smiles! We offer an at home teeth whitening starter kit to every new patient at South Miami Family Dental. Come visit us soon!