Teeth whitening can deliver remarkable results, brightening your smile by several shades. To get the most from your treatment though, you need to follow a teeth whitening aftercare regime for 24-48 hours. This is because the compounds used to whiten your teeth are delivered through the pores of your enamel, and those pores stay open for a while following teeth whitening.
Aftercare Immediately Following Treatment
For at least 24 hours, teeth whitening aftercare is somewhat restrictive. We recommend taking the full 48 hours, though, to be on the safe side. Your teeth whitening aftercare during this period will involve following what is known as a “white diet,” which is essentially just what it sounds like. With the exception of bananas, you will eat no foods that are any color other than white. This goes for beverages as well – you can have water or milk. It is best to avoid alcohol, but if you are really craving a drink, stick with white wine, vodka or gin. Very hot or very cold liquids should also be avoided.
You should also avoid smoking during this period. If you are hopelessly addicted, at least try to cut back as much as possible.
Continuing Teeth Whitening Aftercare
Your whitening results can last for a year or more if you avoid the things that led to you needing the teeth whitening treatment. Aftercare would involve reducing your consumption of chocolate, tea, coffee, cola, red wine and dark juices. And not to put too fine a point on it, if you are a smoker who has been thinking of quitting, this is a good time to do so.