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Maintaining Teeth After Whitening

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If you have undergone a teeth-whitening procedure, it shows that you place great care on your personal appearance. And if you've gone to all the trouble of having your teeth whitened, you obviously wouldn't want to lose all that whiteness again. You would take all the necessary steps to maintain the whiteness of your teeth. After all, a teeth whitening procedure is a long-term investment that should be maintained. Otherwise, you'd have to invest time and money once more to get your teeth white again.

Tips for maintaining your teeth after undergoing a teeth-whitening procedure:

  • Rinse your mouth or brush your teeth each and every time you finish taking your meals. Use anti-bacterial mouthwash or toothpaste that has whitening properties. The quickest way to lose the whiteness of your teeth is to leave them stained and discolored by the foods you eat. The longer these foods stay in your mouth, the quicker they'll affect the color of your teeth.
  • Use toothpaste that has teeth whitening properties. Use it regularly (after every meal) and you can be fairly certain that you'll have white teeth for a long period of time. Toothpaste with whitening properties protects the teeth from getting stained and discolored.
  • If you are a heavy caffeine drinker (coffee, soda or tea) and simply cannot get rid of the habit, drink with a straw. The straw will protect your teeth from stain and discoloration because the caffeine will bypass your teeth. Of course, if you can live without caffeine, this would be a much better way as not only will it keep your teeth white, you'll be much healthier (and you'll sleep better).
  • If at all possible, avoid using lipstick as certain types of lipstick can stain your teeth and cause discoloration.
  • For a minimum of 24 hours after teeth whitening treatment avoid consuming coffee, tea, dark colored soda, red wine, berries, candy, red sauces, beets, chocolate or any other foods that have a propensity to stain your teeth. A good guideline is, if it stains a white shirt, it will stain your teeth.
  • Treat teeth whitening as an investment. You don't want to lose it by neglecting to take the necessary care towards maintaining your teeth. How often do you think you can afford to take teeth whitening treatments again and again? Getting a teeth whitening procedure done is akin to buying a new car and failing to maintain it on a regular basis. Unless you take an active role in taking care of your teeth, that teeth-whitening procedure is just going to be a waste of your time and money. Rinse mouth or brush teeth after taking meals
  • Refrain from smoking. Smoking is a major cause of discoloration and continuing the habit quickly stains your whitened teeth.
  • Use a straw to drink coffee or tea. The straw will protect your teeth from stain and discoloration because the caffeine will bypass your teeth.