Care For Your Smile After Whitening

Woman eating blueberries. Caption: After teeth whitening, avoid foods like blueberries for a couple of days.

HAVE YOU RECENTLY WHITENED your teeth at Dental Partners of Boston? Congrats! We know your results are dazzling. Now, how do you make sure that those beautifully white teeth stay white?

Don’t Stain Your Teeth After Whitening

For the first couple of days post-whitening-treatment, your teeth will be even more likely to pick up pigmentation from food and drink.

Why? Well, our in-office whitening system reaches below the surface of your teeth, through little tubes, or pores in your teeth. After whitening, those pores may still be open for a little while, leaving your teeth vulnerable to pigmentation from food and drink.

Teeth Whitening Aftercare

After whitening your teeth, it’s important to take care of them properly to maintain the results and ensure the health of your teeth. Here are some tips for teeth whitening aftercare:

  1. Avoid Staining Foods and Beverages: Stay away from dark-colored foods and drinks such as coffee, tea, red wine, and berries for at least 24 to 48 hours after whitening. These can stain your teeth more easily right after the treatment.
  2. Quit Smoking: Smoking can quickly stain your teeth. If you smoke, consider quitting to maintain your whitened smile.
  3. Practice Good Oral Hygiene: Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily to remove plaque and prevent staining. Use a toothpaste that’s formulated for whitening to help maintain your results.
  4. Use a Straw: When drinking beverages that can stain your teeth, use a straw to minimize contact between the liquid and your teeth.
  5. Rinse Your Mouth: After consuming staining foods or beverages, rinse your mouth with water to help prevent staining.
  6. Limit Acidic Foods and Drinks: Acidic foods and drinks can weaken your enamel, making it easier for stains to develop. Limit your intake of acidic foods like citrus fruits and carbonated drinks.
  7. Avoid Abrasive Toothpaste: While whitening toothpaste can help maintain your results, avoid using abrasive toothpaste or brushing too vigorously, as this can wear down your enamel and make your teeth more prone to staining.
  8. Use a Whitening Mouthwash: Consider using a whitening mouthwash to help maintain your results and freshen your breath.
  9. Visit Your Dentist Regularly: Schedule regular dental check-ups and cleanings to keep your teeth healthy and address any concerns about staining or discoloration.
  10. Consider Touch-Up Treatments: Depending on the type of whitening treatment you’ve undergone, you may need periodic touch-up treatments to maintain your results. Consult your dentist for recommendations.

By following these tips, you can help preserve your newly whitened smile and keep your teeth healthy and bright.

If you have any questions about your dental health or about our tooth-whitening services, just ask!

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