How to Ensure Your Teeth Stay White After Professional Whitening

The fastest and simplest way to whiten your teeth is to go to a dentist that does teeth whitening. Within an hour, they can whiten your teeth and send you on your way with a pearly white smile. However, at that point, it is up to you to make sure that you maintain the whiteness of your smile. Unless you take care of your smile after whitening, your teeth could stain again quickly.

If you have just had your teeth professionally whitened, do the following things to ensure that your smile stays white for as long as possible.

Whiten Your Teeth At Home

When you go in for your whitening session, request a custom whitening tray from your dentist. Your dentist will create a custom tray that fits snugly to your bite so you can continue to whiten your teeth at home for the next 3 to 7 days. Since it is normal for the whiteness of your teeth to fade somewhat in the days following whitening, this is a good way to keep your teeth white.

However, ensure that you don't overdo it or you could damage your teeth. Only wear your tray twice a day for 3 to 7 days. Then give your teeth time to recover.

Avoid Staining Foods

This is especially important in the first day or two after whitening as your teeth will still be slightly porous following your in-office whitening session. This is because your teeth become dehydrated due to the heat used during the whitening of your teeth. After a day or two, your teeth will be less susceptible to staining; however, continue to avoid staining substances, such as coffee and red sauce.

Keep Plaque to a Minimum

One of the biggest enemies of white teeth is plaque. Plaque is the sticky, rough film that forms on your teeth between brushing sessions. This film attracts both bacteria and food debris until you remove it. And if you eat staining foods, the plaque will retain those staining molecules, increasing the risk of stains.

That means it is wise to stay extra vigilant when it comes to oral hygiene after in-office whitening. Brush and floss your teeth to keep plaque off the fronts, backs and sides of your teeth. Remember, if staining occurs between your teeth because you don't floss, the staining will stand out and ruin your white smile.

Have you just had your teeth whitened in a dental office? Then be sure to do the above activities to keep your teeth sparkling white.