There’s nothing like the confidence that comes with a mouthful of newly-brightened pearly whites. You just want to keep smiling!
Before you start whitening:
- Don’t use a whitening toothpaste because they contain abrasive particles which scrub away enamel.
- Have a check up –The proper process is to first make sure you don’t have any active decay or holes.
- Get a clean – At the same appointment it’s best to get your teeth cleaned to get rid of any physical plaque that would block the whitening product from contacting your teeth, as this will affect how well the product will work. It’s like not removing the leftover food on your dishes and chucking them in the dishwasher. The dishwasher can’t do its job properly and your dishes are going to come out dirty.
While you’re whitening:
- Don’t eat or drink beverages and foods that contain article colouring. Examples are: beetroot, tomato paste, tomato sauce, turmeric, curries, red wine, tea, coffee and all soda drinks. Drink through a straw if need be.
- Don’t smoke.
- Use desensitising toothpaste to alleviate sensitivity. Expect sensitivity as it’s a sign the whitening is working.
- Don’t skip brushing your teeth: brushing twice a day, every day is paramount for maintaining fresh looking teeth and preventing food stains from setting in, so stay vigilant.
How to use desensitising toothpaste while you’re whitening your teeth:
Immediately after you’ve removed the whitening gel from your teeth, smear some desensitising toothpaste on your teeth and let it soak for a good 2 minutes. Then spit out the rest of the toothpaste but don’t rinse, eat or drink for 20 minutes. This will help with sensitivity!
- Touch-up: a yearly follow-up with your teeth-whitening dentist can assess whether it’s time for a touch-up, to keep them extra pearly.
- Get friendly with floss: flossing once a day will improve your overall dental hygiene and inhibit the build-up of plaque that can lead to discolouration of your teeth, so make friends with your floss – it’s one of your best dental tools.
- Avoid teeth-staining foods.
If you want to stay shiny and happy, you need to get serious about your dental routine.