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Teeth Whitening Aftercare: What To Do and What To Not

If you’re one of many people who just had their teeth whitened, congratulations! You’ve taken a big step in enhancing your appearance.

However, as with any other type of cosmetic procedure, it’s always important to remember that there are appropriate aftercare instructions to follow to ensure you get the most out of your teeth whitening treatment. 

It’s also necessary to know the steps you can take so you could enjoy your pearly white teeth longer. So, with that said, let’s dive right into the world of teeth whitening aftercare with these excellent tips & practices.

Best Aftercare Practices

The first 24 hours after your teeth whitening session is vital for the long-term success of the treatment. To give your teeth the best chance to hold onto their new, whiter, and brighter shade, here are some things you need to do (and avoid) during this crucial period:

Brushing Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth is already a part of your daily routine but it’s even more important to do after a teeth whitening session.

Make sure that you use a non-abrasive toothpaste and brush gently to avoid irritating the gums. More importantly, try not to use colored dental products too. The pigment  in them can potentially stain your teeth. 

If you can’t brush your teeth after eating or drinking, at least rinse your mouth after every meal to remove any food particles that could potentially cause staining. You can also use a natural mouthwash like the Sunnasmile Coconut Sea Salt Mouthwash that’s alcohol-free and gentle on the gums.

Remember to Floss

Never underestimate the power of a good floss—anything that gets stuck between your teeth, the floss is able to remove.

Not only will flossing regularly prevent teeth stains, it also helps guarantee that you’ll be having healthy teeth that are free from cavities and plaque buildup.

Hit Pause on Using Whitening Strips for a While

Although it’s tempting to use a whitening toothpaste or mouthwash after your session, it’s best to avoid them for now. The chemicals in these products can irritate the gums and make them more sensitive. It’s best to wait for a minimum of 48 hours before using whitening strips to avoid any teeth sensitivity. 

Avoid Eating or Drinking Anything That Can Stain Your Teeth

We can all agree that it feels great to eat when you know that your teeth look great. But you might want to know what kind of food you ought to be avoiding for at least 24-72 hours after your whitening session. After all, beauty requires a little bit of sacrifice.

Some of the most common culprits when it comes to teeth staining are coffee, tea, soda, red wine,dark berries, and tomatoes. 

Just think of it this way: Imagine just wearing your favorite white shirt fresh from laundry—all clean and all white. Then, suddenly, you accidentally spill a good cup of coffee or tea on it? Stains are bound to appear and stay, right?

That’s exactly what happens when you eat or drink any of these staining beverages (or food) after a teeth whitening session. Our recommendation: just avoid them for now and wait until the sensitivity subsides before you start indulging again.


Get A Touch Up Treatment

Your teeth aren’t going to stay as white as you want them to be forever—that’s just the way it is. But there are ways to make sure that your pearly whites stay in tip-top shape for as long as possible.

The best way to do this is to get a touch-up treatment every three to six months. This will help you get rid of any new stains that have developed and touch up on the areas where the whiteness has started to fade.

Whitened teeth can’t be achieved and enjoyed long with just having one session. It takes time and effort to maintain your smile healthy and forever white.

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Smile With Confidence With Help From The Vanity Vault

A teeth whitening treatment is a great way to boost your confidence and step out into the world with a brand new smile. Plus, by following the aftercare instructions, you can enjoy your bright, white teeth for a longer period of time.

Ready to achieve your dream smile? The Vanity Vault offers the SunnaSmile LED-activated teeth whitening system that can help you achieve the look you’ve always wanted. Book an appointment with us today! You can also purchase the Advanced Home Whitening Kit for convenient at-home treatments.

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