Nothing builds confidence like a sparkling white smile. And teeth whitening treatments have never been more popular. From ZOOM whitening to custom-fit bleaching trays, modern dentistry offers a number of whitening options that fit any lifestyle. Regardless of the method chosen, there are a few simple tips that can add longevity to a ‘new’ whiter, brighter smile. After all, once you receive a whitening treatment, the results are a gift that keeps on giving. You not only receive a gorgeous smile but a boost in self-confidence; an investment that reaps higher rewards socially and personally.
Over the years I’ve performed thousands of whitening treatments, and noticed a pattern in certain cases. Every once in a while someone will ignore post treatment instructions, whether they’re conscious of it or not, and the result is a smile that doesn’t meet their expectations. For some reason their smile didn’t stay as white as they expected, or the results just didn’t last as long as they thought it would. The reality is most of us cannot avoid foods and liquids that stain teeth for a lifetime. It just isn’t practical or desirable. But it is a key factor in keeping those teeth as white as long as possible after whitening with carbamide hydroxide or hydrogen peroxide.
So, here’s my quick list of things that can ruin your whitening treatment soon after you flash that beautiful smile. [Read more…]