Are you considering a tooth whitening procedure? If so, we’ll tell you right now that you will be absolutely thrilled with the results! Dr. Mark Weitzman D.D.S. has extensive experience in cosmetic dentistry and can listen to your cosmetic goals and explain the teeth whitening options available.
Whether you’ve been receiving whitening treatments for some time or this will be your first experience, we want to go over the importance of taking extra care of your teeth in the first 48 hours of a whitening procedure.
What To Do In The First 48 Hours
During the first 48 hours following a tooth whitening procedure, your teeth will be more porous than usual; therefore, you want to avoid certain substances that can detract from your incredible results.
One of the easiest ways to think about it – if it can stain your clothes, it can definitely stain your teeth! Once your teeth are whitened, you want to avoid the following substances:
- Berry pies
- Red wine
- Soy sauce
- Red sauces
- Tobacco products
Essentially, avoid any type of substances that can stain your teeth for the first 48 hours of the treatment. In fact, the first 48 hours is a great time to eat and drink light-colored substances, such as water (obviously, water has no color), cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, white wine (instead of red), rice, quinoa, bananas – you get the picture.
If you want to enjoy lasting results, we recommend making a few minor changes in your habits to reduce staining. For example, you can start drinking coffee drinks, black tea, and colas from a straw today. After a few weeks, it’ll become second nature.
To maximize results, you can also:
- Switch to an electric toothbrush,
- Have regular dental check-ups and cleanings, and
- Practice good oral hygiene at home, such as daily flossing, and thorough tooth brushing 2 to 3 times a day.
Are you ready to have that pearly white smile of your dreams? Contact us today for an appointment with our Ventura dentist!