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Tips to Make Your Teeth Whitening Last

January 1, 2008


So you've had your teeth whitened and you can't stop admiring your pearly whites? Congratulations! Now all you have to do is keep them white. Manhattan Cosmetic Dent sit Dr. Michael Iott is one of the pioneers of teeth whitening, and one of the first dentists in the U.S. to use BriteSmile Technology. His standard advice on caring for your teeth consists of:

  • Cut down on sugary snacks and drinks

  • Brush and floss regularly

  • Visit your dentist at least once a year

Here are some tips for keeping those newly whitened teeth looking their best:

  • Use a whitening mouthwash, but not a whitening toothpaste, as it will be too abrasive and will gradually remove tooth enamel.

  • Maintain your in-office bleaching with bleaching trays or strips used at home. Follow directions for these products exactly, as they contain hydrogen peroxide that can be harmful in large doses.

  • Avoid eating or drinking substances that stain, such as: coffee, black tea, berries, and red wine. If you really enjoy these things, be sure to get a professional cleaning twice a year so that staining doesn't build up too much.

  • Avoid smoking

If you've chosen to use teeth bleaching trays at home, these tips will help you to get the most benefit:

  • Immediately before using your bleaching trays, brush your teeth with an oxygenating, toothpaste to strengthen gums & protect against any sensitivity.

  • Use form-fitting mouth trays customized to your specific bite. They should fit snugly around each tooth..

  • Immediately after bleaching, use an oxygenating oral rinse. Avoid alcohol-based mouthwashes as this can undo some of the teeth whitening effect of the bleach.

Following these teeth whitening tips will give you the very best results in the shortest amount of time and will help you enjoy your beautiful smile for years to come.

 

If you'd like to know more about teeth whitening or any other cosmetic dentistry procedures offered through the midtown Manhattan Cosmetic Dentistry Offices of Dr. Michael Iott, email our dentists today, or call us toll free at (866) 801-4559. We welcome your questions about teeth whitening and oral health. Our talented dental team works together to bring you the very best in care and comfort.

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