An in-office teeth whitening treatment is one of the easiest and most effective ways you can improve the appearance of your smile. In as little as one hour, you can achieve whiter teeth and a more attractive smile. Teeth whitening can last for many years — so long as you take the following steps to prolong your results.

Avoid These Foods

Teeth whitening lifts stubborn stains and discolorati on, but it does not prevent future staining. For this reason, you should avoid or limit eating and drinking certain foods and beverages that can cause staining, including coffee, tea, red wine, dark chocolate, tomato sauce and beets. Smoking should also be avoided as it can drastically diminish teeth whitening results (and your oral health!). Our staff at Willoughby Dental in Greenville, SC  can provide you with a more detailed list of foods and beverages to avoid after your teeth whitening treatment.

Practice Good Oral Health Care

Brushing and flossing regularly is just as important after teeth whitening as it was before. Maintaining good oral health, which includes brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing as least once a day, keeps your pearly whites in top shape. Routine dental checkups (every six months) with your dentist are also crucial in maintaining optimal oral health.

Join Our Complimentary Whitening for Life Program

As part of our ongoing commitment to helping our patients maintain beautiful and healthy smiles, our team is proud to offer “Whitening for Life,” a complimentary program for loyal patients. Every six months, at the time of their hygiene appointment, patients are provided with custom-made whitening trays to use in the comfort of their home. As long as you maintain good oral health, we will give you whitening trays so you can maintain your brighter smile for years to come!

Are You a Candidate for Teeth Whitening?

Professional teeth whitening supervised by one of our qualified hygienists is safe and effective. The treatment can address discoloration and stains as a result of:

  • Aging or genetic factors
  • Smoking or tobacco use
  • Dark-colored beverages (e.g., soda, coffee, tea and red wine)
  • Foods like tomato sauce, berries and beets
  • Use of certain prescription medications

To learn more about in-office teeth whitening, please contact our Greenville office at (864) 546-4242.