Did you get a teeth whitening treatment done recently, and are mesmerized by how sparkling they look? We know that feeling! We all love having sparkling white teeth. They make us feel happy and confident by enhancing our facial appearance. But most often, the effects don’t last forever. Well, we can give you some tips to help you maintain the whiteness of your teeth after your whitening treatment to make you feel and look gorgeous for longer.
Avoid that Morning Cup of Coffee
We all know that coffee stains your shirt. If coffee can do that to your shirt, don’t you think it will stain your teeth as well? Of course, it will. Coffee contains tannin (a type of polyphenol) that causes color compounds to stick to your teeth. When these compounds stick to your teeth, they leave an unwanted yellow hue behind. Avoid coffee for at least 48 hours after the treatment to maintain its results. After the first 48 hours, you must still cut down on your coffee consumption.
Skip a Drink of Red Wine
Did you know that each Canadian drinks about 15 litres of wine every year? We don’t blame them, because who doesn’t love a glass of red wine in the evening after a tiring day ends? You may be wondering – how can you skip a glass of your favorite red wine! Well, red wine contains polyphenols that fend off the good bacteria in the mouth, thus staining your teeth. If you want to extend the results after the whitening treatment, you need to skip red wine for some days.
Don’t Smoke It or Chew It
Tobacco has serious effects on oral health. Smoking decreases the levels of saliva, causing plaque to build up and cause cavities. Similarly, chewing tobacco causes gum recession and cavities. Smoking and chewing tobacco affects the thickness of the enamel and makes it softer. Tobacco contains nicotine and tar that penetrate deeper into the enamel and reveal the inner layer called dentin, making your teeth look discolored.
Miss Out on Tea as Well
Like coffee, tea also contains tannins. Whether it’s a green tea or a black tea, it still has ingredients that will stain your teeth. In fact, tea can stain your teeth more than coffee due to higher tannin content present in it. So avoid drinking teas as well.
Veggies Can be Ideal at this Point
Just a rule of thumb to remember: Eat foods that are white, beige, and light. The rule applies to beverages as well. Vegetables such as cauliflower, peeled potato, cucumber, etc. produce a lot of salivae that flush out bacteria from your mouth. This process helps you to keep your teeth white.
If you’re looking for whitening treatments, you may reach out to our dental clinic in West Edmonton to know more about the treatment and the precautions that need to be taken.