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Teeth-Whitening Aftercare Tips

Teeth-Whitening Aftercare Tips

Obtaining pearly white teeth like celebrities has become a must-have for many people. The colour of your teeth is one of the first things a person may notice about you, therefore, having a white smile will help you make a great first impression. In addition to cosmetic benefits, having a white smile also improves your oral health. New products are always popping up on the shelves of your local drugstore promising a whiter and brighter smile. However, these products will only slightly improve the appearance of your teeth without long-lasting results. They can also harm the enamel on your teeth, making them much more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures.

Professional teeth whitening solutions is a popular dental service that will provide you with a significantly whiter smile with long-lasting results. In order to have these long-lasting results though, you must take care of your teeth post-treatment. Here are some aftercare and dental hygiene tips to help ensure your teeth stay white for years to come. 

Avoid Acidic Foods

Following a teeth whitening procedure, the first 48 hours are the most crucial to your teeth because they are more prone to sensitivity and staining. Teeth whitening treatments expand and contract the pores of the tooth enamel, therefore, making your teeth more prone to staining for a few days following treatment until they heal naturally with your saliva. Acidic foods and beverages will further weaken the pores in these first few days after treatment. Some acidic foods you should avoid include:

  • Pickles
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Soda

Cut Out Tobacco Products

In addition to the negative health repercussions of using tobacco products, they are also the fastest way to re-stain your teeth. In order to see results last without too many touch-up appointments, try to reduce the frequency of your tobacco use or quit using tobacco products altogether. Because the pores in your teeth are weakened by the teeth whitening products for the first 48 hours, nicotine and tar can easily be absorbed causing a yellow or brown discolouration. 

Avoid Hot And Cold Meals

Your teeth may be sensitive after your teeth whitening procedure. You should avoid eating or drinking foods that are too hot or too cold to avoid discomfort. The sensitivity will pass after a day or two. If your teeth are still sensitive, purchase toothpaste that is designed for tooth sensitivity to help with the discomfort. 

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What you do during the first 48 hours after your teeth whitening treatment will dictate how long your results will last. These guidelines can be summed up as “if it stains a white shirt, it will stain your teeth.” In order to see long-lasting results and require fewer touch-up visits, make sure you only eat and drink foods that are light in colour and are non-acidic and follow proper dental hygiene practices. By following these aftercare tips, you'll be sure to have a movie star quality smile that you can feel confident about. 

At Marlborough Dental Centre, we understand that a whiter, healthier, and brighter smile is key to your confidence and quality of life. To learn more about our affordable and advanced teeth whitening system and dental services, contact one of our NE Calgary dentists today at 403-248-2066 or fill out our online contact form below.


Q: How long is a teeth whitening procedure?
A: A professional teeth whitening treatment performed by your dentist will take anywhere from 60 minutes to 90 minutes depending on the products your dentist uses and your individual whitening needs. Your individual whitening needs will be based on how good your dental hygiene is and how white you would like your smile to be.

Q: How long do teeth whitening results normally last?
A: By avoiding foods and beverages that can stain your teeth, avoid smoking, and visiting your dentist for regular dental cleanings, your results will last anywhere from 2-3 years. 

Q: Will my teeth be sensitive after a teeth whitening treatment?
A: You may experience tooth sensitivity for the first 48 hours after your treatment. 

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