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Making the Most of Your Whitening Treatment

Posted in Teeth Whitening

You finally decided to whiten your teeth. Maybe it was to reward yourself for that job promotion, a gift from your spouse, or for addressing that natural discoloration you have had for years. If you are like most people, you want your treatment to be as efficient and dramatic as possible.

Here’s how you can do just that:

Avoid Dark Liquids

Coffee, tea, red wine, soda and other dark or colored liquids can create new stain on your freshly whitened enamel. If you really need to have that glass of iced tea to give you a boost in the middle of the afternoon, drink it through a straw to reduce your tooth exposure. 

Give up Tobacco

Smoking or smokeless tobacco will counteract your whitening treatment. Now is as good of a time to kick the habit as there ever was! 

Follow the Instructions

It should go without saying, but it’s not uncommon for people to disregard the instructions when whitening their teeth. Some important things to keep in mind are applying the proper amount of gel in each tooth reservoir, wearing the trays for at least a full hour (or more) and every day in a row for 10-14 days. If you think about stopping your whitening treatment due to irritation or sensitivity, call your dentist. You may be using too much gel or need to use a sensitivity toothpaste during your treatment.

Have Your Teeth Cleaned

A thorough professional cleaning will remove plaque, tartar and superficial stains from your teeth, making them easier to whiten. Now your whitening treatment won’t have to “bust through” superficial stains, but can get right to the heart of the matter.

Posted on behalf of:
Alan Horlick DDS
6572 Hwy 92 #120
Acworth, GA 30102
(770) 591-8446

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