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How to Maintain Your Bright Smile After Teeth Whitening

How to Maintain Your Bright Smile After Teeth Whitening

Having a bright white smile is a great confidence booster. Many people opt for professional teeth whitening treatments to achieve their desired results. Unlike over-the-counter whitening products, professional teeth whitening is completed by your dentist using specialized tools and techniques to ensure safe and effective results. Professional whitening treatments can remove stubborn stains and discoloration caused by aging, smoking, and consuming staining foods and drinks. The results of professional teeth whitening is safer and can last longer than at-home treatments, making it a cost-effective and long-term solution for achieving a brighter, more beautiful smile. If you are choosing to invest in professional teeth whitening, there are some things you can do to maintain your bright smile for a long time.

To learn more about the teeth whitening system we prefer at Dr. Korol Dental, 
read Everything You Need to Know About the Pola Teeth Whitening System.

Maintain Your Teeth Whitening Results

  1. Avoid Foods and Drinks That May Stain
    The first step in maintaining your white smile is to avoid consuming foods and drinks that can stain your teeth. Coffee, tea, red wine, berries, and similar foods and drinks can stain your teeth and compromise the effects of your teeth whitening treatment. If you do consume these types of foods and drinks, use a straw to prevent the liquid from touching your teeth, and brush your teeth or rinse your mouth with water immediately after consuming them.
  2. Quit Smoking
    Smoking is not only harmful to your health, but it is also bad for your teeth. Smoking can stain your teeth and cause bad breath. If you have recently had a teeth whitening treatment, smoking can quickly undo the effects. Quitting smoking can help you maintain your white smile and improve your overall health.
  3. Practice Good Oral Hygiene
    Good oral hygiene is essential for maintaining a white smile. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day to remove any food particles and plaque that can cause tooth decay and discoloration. Use a whitening toothpaste that contains hydrogen peroxide to help maintain your white smile.
  4. Use Whitening Products
    Using whitening products can help maintain your white smile after professional teeth whitening. Your dentist may provide at-home products that can help maintain your results, but make sure you consult your dentist before using any commercial whitening products to ensure that they are safe for your teeth and gums.
  5. Be Cautious with DIY Treatments
    Many people turn to DIY teeth whitening treatments like baking soda, lemon juice, and apple cider vinegar. While these treatments may seem like a cost-effective solution, they can actually do more harm than good. These treatments can damage your enamel and cause tooth sensitivity. It is best to consult your dentist before trying any DIY teeth whitening treatments.
  6. Schedule Regular Dental Cleanings
    Regular dental cleanings can help you maintain your white smile. During a dental cleaning, the dentist will remove any plaque and tartar buildup that can cause tooth discoloration. The dentist can also identify any potential oral health issues and address them before they become more severe.
  7. Consider Touch-Up Treatments
    Over time, your teeth may begin to lose their brightness. Consider touch-up treatments to maintain your white smile. You can schedule touch-up treatments with your dentist as part of your twice-yearly dental exams.

Whiter, Brighter Smiles With Teeth Whitening At Dr. Korol Dental

Maintaining a white smile requires good oral hygiene, avoiding foods and drinks that stain your teeth, quitting smoking, using dentist-recommended whitening products, regular dental cleanings, and touch-up treatments. By following these tips, you can maintain your white smile for a long time and improve your overall oral health.

Both in-office and at-home teeth whitening kits can whiten your teeth, but in-office whitening is generally a safer option for those seeking a brighter, whiter smile. Not only is it performed by a trained dental professional who can monitor the process and ensure it is safe for your teeth and gums, but the bleaching agents used are stronger, providing faster and more effective results. 

If you are seeking a safe and effective way to brighten your smile, book a consultation with Dr. Korol to discuss your options and determine the best teeth whitening treatment for your individual needs.

Dr. Korol and her skilled and compassionate team are committed to providing the highest quality and safest, most holistic approach to dental care, oral health, and overall well-being. We offer the newest and most effective treatments and technologies to support a lifetime of good health. Our practice is committed to a biocompatible approach to family dentistry. Book your appointment by calling (403) 245-9099 or filling out our online form.


Depending on the dental clinic, the process on average should take one hour. Results can be expected to last anywhere from 2-3 years if your oral health is well-taken care of. This includes regular brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist for regular cleanings.

Usually, tooth sensitivity from the treatment will go away after a few days. Sensitivity is most noticeable on the day of the treatment. If you experience prolonged or severe tooth sensitivity following your appointment, contact your dentist right away. 

Only your dentist can determine whether or not you are a good candidate for a teeth whitening procedure. However, patients with chronic tooth sensitivity, oral cancer, or excessively damaged and worn enamel might not be well suited for this treatment.


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