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How to Maintain a Bright Smile After Teeth Whitening

Brightening your smile is as easy as a simple visit to your dentist’s office for teeth whitening treatment. However, there are many factors that can affect your newly whiten teeth. To help keep your pearly whites as bright as possible after having them whitened you must practice proper oral hygiene. On top of that, there are a few foods, beverages and products you should avoid, especially immediately following your teeth whitening treatment. I’ve compiled a list of things you can do to help you maintain a bright smile after having a teeth whitening treatment, which includes the following:

  • Be sure to avoid dark colored drinks, especially immediately after a teeth whitening treatment. Drinks such as black tea, coffee, dark soda and red wine can easily stain your pearly whites. If you do enjoy a cup of joe or black tea every morning, consider using a straw to lessen the exposure of the drink to your teeth.
  • Be sure to avoid eating any dark or brightly-colored foods immediately following a teeth whitening procedure. Stick to eating light colored foods such as potatoes, pasta and chicken.
  • You should avoid wearing lipstick immediately following a teeth whitening treatment. Lipstick can stain due to the semi-permanent color.
  • Be sure to avoid using tobacco products, such as cigarettes and chewing tobacco for at least 12 hours, or 24 hours if you can help it. Tobacco products are known to cause staining, among other oral problems.
  • Be sure to practice proper oral hygiene, which involves brushing twice a day and flossing at least once. Brushing and flossing removes plaque buildup that can cause staining.
  • Rinse your mouth out with water after every meal to get rid of any leftover food debris that could possible stain your teeth.

After having your teeth whitened, your long term results ultimately rely on your lifestyle choices and how well you keep up with practice oral hygiene. If you follow these advice mentioned above, you should be able to maintain a bright smile for a much longer period.

If you’re pearly whites are looking a little duller than before, contact Dr. Bartz at 708-430-4440 to schedule a consultation to find out which teeth whitening treatment best suits you. Or you can visit for additional information.

Will Custom Teeth Whitening Trays Brighten My Smile?

Do you avoid flashing your smile due to having stained or yellow teeth? If so, you’ll be happy to hear that there are many teeth whitening options to choose from that can safely and effectively brighten your smile.

One common dental treatment that’s done to whiten teeth is a bleaching procedure using custom teeth whiten trays. This specific whitening option is effective and most of all, it cost significantly less compared to alternative teeth whitening treatments.

Why should I choose custom whitening trays?

While there are several over-the–counter teeth whitening treatments that can be used, like whitening strips or trays, they won’t work quiet as effectively as custom whitening trays. This is because unlike custom teeth whitening trays, over-the-counter strips or trays aren’t customized and don’t have the ability to whiten your teeth as effectively. One of the risks that come along with using over-the-counter teeth whitening products is that the bleach can leak from the tray or strip. This can cause your gums to become irritated or sensitive. Custom whitening trays are made to fit your teeth perfectly.

What can I expect with them?

If you decide to get custom teeth whitening trays, your dentist will begin with a professional teeth cleaning and correct any existing dental problems you may have. Once your dentist is finished, he or she can proceed to fabricate your custom tray.

The process starts off with your dentist taking an impression of your teeth, then using the mold your dentist can create the custom trays. This process can take a few days to complete, so after taking your impression, you will have to be called back for a second office visit.

Once your custom whitening trays are complete and your go in for your second visit, your dentist will give you instructions to properly use them. This typically involves you wearing the trays up to four hours a day for a week, two weeks at the very most. You only have to use a very little amount of the bleaching solution to achieve optimal results.

During the whitening process, you should start to notice a difference in the shades of your teeth as they begin to whiten. Once this short process is over, you should be able to enjoy flashing your significantly whiter teeth. To maintain the appearance of your pearly whites you may want to get treatments done every now and then.

Of course, to help maintain their appearance you should also practice proper oral hygiene and avoid stain-causing food, drinks or products. Proper oral hygiene involves you brushing twice as day, flossing once and visiting your dentist for regular checkups. As far as stain-causing food, drinks and products go, those include tobacco products and foods or drinks such as blueberries, coffee, tea, beets and so on.

If you’re feeling a bit down about having stained or yellow teeth, it may be the perfect time for you to get in contact with Dr. Bartz at 708-430-4440 to schedule an appointment to ask about custom whitening trays. Or you can visit for additional information.