Obtaining a brilliant white smile has to do with more than just getting your teeth whitened. It has to do with maintaining your teeth before (and after) treatment in order to facilitate easy whitening and longer-lasting colour.
We have several excellent recommendations for you that come from Dr. Chaben of Platinum Dental Care, on how to care for and maintain your teeth before and after your whitening treatment. Note that the whitening results you’ll achieve will depend to a large extent on the original colour and condition of your teeth.
Be sure to give your dentist your dental and general medical history before you get your teeth whitened, so that he or she tackles your needs accordingly.
- Do Not Smoke For 24 Hours Before And After
Smoking causes the worst stains on one’s enamel. Don’t smoke for at least 24 hours before and after the treatment, to ensure maximum efficacy of the treatment. If you smoke a cigarette within the first 24 hours after whitening, you will stain your teeth badly.
- Avoid Dark Staining Drinks and food
Avoid drinking colourful liquids such as tea, coffee, red wine and other drinks including coloured fruit juice for a few days before treatment. You don’t want to make your stains worse than they are. Also avoid chocolate and other foods that cause stain.
- Brush And Floss Thoroughly
Before you appear for your teeth-whitening appointment, make sure you brush your teeth rigorously, followed by a good flossing session. It’s no good going to a whitening session when there are food particles embedded between your teeth. With cleaner teeth, you’ll see greater whitening results.
- Test your whitening trays first
Make sure your trays fit – there’s no point in filling up your trays with product and then finding out that the trays don’t fit. Get your trays to fit as exactly as you want. For eg, our Livonia dentists at Platinum dental care use hand crafted Custom Formed Trays that take care of this problem.
- Set Aside A Suitable Time For Teeth-Whitening
If you’re doing this on your own, be sure to set up a time when you won’t be disturbed by anyone. Put aside an hour of your day for the teeth-whitening procedure. If you’re getting it done at a dentist’s, make sure to leave your phone at home and allow yourself an hour’s rest time. Stressing and clenching of teeth will interfere with the positioning of the trays. Best set up appointments when you’re free from other pressing tasks.
Don’t be one of the people who bypass a lot of these steps in order to save time or money. Your teeth are a precious gift that are intended to last you for a lifetime. If you take shortcuts, you will, in the end, be spending a lot more money fixing your mistakes.
So all you have to do is follow a few simple instructions prior to teeth-whitening, get a dental consultation, get your teeth evaluated, and follow a few simple steps towards a comfortable teeth-whitening experience.