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The appearance of your smile can help you make a wonderful first impression when it’s gleaming and meets your cosmetic goals. This is one of the many reasons that patients visit the dentist for teeth whitening. We offer a few tips to help you maintain the results of your teeth whitening and keep your smile looking pristine.

Unfortunately, if you don’t show your smile the proper care following a whitening procedure, its original appearance could return sooner. Dr. Juan Echeverri is happy to offer a few recommendations to help you avoid this complication. To help you maintain the new whiteness of your smile, we can instruct you on what to do to care for your smile and what you should avoid.

It’s very important that you be careful about the foods and drinks that go into your mouth, as some can reduce the appearance of your teeth whitening treatment. As a rule of thumb, if a food or drink can stain a cloth, it can also result in tooth stains. We encourage you to avoid foods such as cherries, hard candies and blueberries. If you do consume these items, it’s important to wait thirty minutes and then brush your teeth.

Similarly, we recommend being wary of drinks like coffee, tea, cola drinks, citrus juice and red wine. Use a straw if you drink any of these beverages to reduce their contact with your teeth and lower the risk of tooth stains. It’s also a good idea to drink lots of water to flush away the particles of food and drink and give your smile a good rinse.

If you would like to learn more about maintaining your smile after teeth whitening in Houston Texas, please feel free to contact Echeverri Dental Center at 713-956-8767 for a consultation with our dentist.