Whether you have been spending weeks at home whitening your teeth, or your teeth have been whitened by your dentist you have still put a lot of time and effort into looking good and feeling great – you want to keep your teeth white. After spending all that time and money the last thing you want is for them to discolor quickly – so how can you keep your teeth white?
Daily brushing and flossing will keep your mouth stain-free, fresh and healthy, and, at the very least you should clean your teeth before going to bed and first thing after breakfast and for extra protection against wine and coffee stains use a toothpaste that will help protect you against yellowing. With high-cleaning silica to lift your stains and Fluoride to strengthen your tooth enamel – your teeth will benefit and not only be shinier and whiter you are also adding plaque control and cavity prevention.
You can also clean your teeth any time of the day to help fight discoloration, always rinse your mouth after drinking red wine, tea, cola or coffee and take your toothbrush and toothpaste with you to work, university or school.
Apart from regularly caring for your teeth through brushing and flossing visit your dentist regularly for check-ups. Your dentist can polish any surface stains when you have a regular clean and polish. It’s the abrasive action of professional cleaning that is an effective tool to help fight discoloration without having to bleach your teeth again.
By maintaining excellent brushing habits and regular check-ups you can maintain your white smile. Staining can and will still occur – even if you don’t drink coffee, tea, wine or smoke. If you are not happy with the colour of your teeth, speak to your dentist. To keep your teeth white after treatment ask him or her to make a mouthpiece for you so you can bleach your teeth at home. This way if your teeth do start to yellow again from drinking and eating you can use your fitted mouthpiece and whitening gel to return your teeth to the white you want. Be sure to talk to your dentist before using any over the counter teeth whitening products.
Try and cut down on the amount of food and drink you have that can cause the teeth to stain and stopping smoking can also help. Once your teeth have been whitened making some lifestyle changes – such as drinking less tea, coffee, caffeine, red wine and quitting smoking can all help keep your smile white and clean.
For the first 24 hours following treatment, it is suggested –
- Avoid dark staining foods – chocolate, soy sauce, red meat and bolognese
- Avoid dark staining drinks – Coloured soft drink, fruit juice, alcohol, tea, coffee and red wine
- No smoking
- Avoid any food or drink that would leave a stain on a white shirt
- Avoid coloured toothpaste and mouthwash
Foods you can have following treatment include
- White onion
- Egg whites
- Skinless chicken or turkey
- White fish
- White rice
- White cheese
- White pasta
- Peeled potatoes
- Crustless white bread
- White low-fat yoghurt
Drinks that are perfectly fine to consume after treatment include
- Tonic water
- Still or sparkling water
- White lemonade
- Clear coconut water (not coconut milk)
- Tonic and soda water
- Clear alcohol mixed with clear mixers – gin and tonic, vodka etc
These foods and drinks are perfect to eat following a tooth whitening procedure at your dentist, however, they are also good foods to eat weeks, months and years after treatment to help prevent staining and keeping those pearly whites, *pearly* for a lot longer. You have invested a lot of time and money into getting your teeth white, by following your dentist’s advice and following a good diet you will not only improve your health, you will feel better and when you feel better it shows. Show off that brilliant smile and keep it white for as long as you can.