A beautiful Bright White Smile, can be a huge confidence builder. One of the ways to make your smile looking

bold and brilliant is through healthy oral hygiene habits. When deciding on getting your teeth whitened to

enhance your teeth to a more beautiful Bright White Smile, always do your research and understand the process

before deciding which teeth whitening treatment would be the best for you. 




 

TEETH WHITENING TIPS


To Keep Your Bright White Smile!



Your teeth could have two possible types of stains. Extrinsic stains, on the outer layer of your teeth, or intrinsic

stains, which are embedded in the tooth. Just as there are different types of tooth stains, there are different types

of teeth whitening that can work for you. Coffee, tea, and red wine all carry strong color pigments called

chromogens, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), and so they can stain your teeth with every

sip. Wine time with the girls is a lot of fun, but when it's time for a glass of red, the crimson chromogens stick

onto your teeth, turning the color dull and very unattractive.


To limit the staining effects, try drinking water with each glass to remove some of the wine stain discoloration or

grab a glass of a crisp white wine instead. The same thing happens if you're relaxing with a cup of English

breakfast and Earl Grey. A cup of jasmine tea is a lighter alternative that won't have nearly the same effect. If

you find you need your coffee sip it with a straw to avoid contact with your teeth at all. You probably know that

the food you eat and certain drinks can have a real impact on your teeth. Some foods that can stain your teeth

might surprise you. Once you have established a firm whitening routine, you may want to update your diet to

avoid these five foods that stain teeth.



5 FOODS THAT STAIN TEETH



BALSAMIC VINEGAR


You love your salads, but be careful of what your choice of dressing can do to your teeth. It feels like balsamic

should be the healthier alternative to bottled salad dressings, but its deep natural color can be pretty hard on

your teeth. Balsamic vinegar tends to stick to your enamel when you eat it, so make sure to chew the lettuce in

the salad a few times to clean it off after each bite.



PASTA SAUCE


Tomatoes are highly acidic and become a deep red once they're reduced into a thick sauce. They tend to cling on,

making your teeth more vulnerable to staining. Try munching on some dark green veggies like broccoli, kale or

spinach before you eat. These foods will create a protective film over the teeth to ward off staining.



CURRY


Curry, the beloved spice that frequents Indian food, is deeply pigmented. If you eat it too frequently, you might

end up with yellowing teeth. Try to limit the amount of curry in your diet. When you do enjoy curry-spiced food,

add some fresh fruits and vegetables that prevent stains, as apples, carrots, cauliflower and celery to the dish.



BEVERAGES


A number of drinks cause staining because they're so acidic. Coffee, tea, soda, sports drinks, wine ... all of them

have been shown to stain teeth and erode enamel. The yellowish layer beneath the enamel, called the dentin, may

show through if the enamel is too thin.



COFFEE & TEA STAINS


The first cup of coffee in the morning can only be described as heaven, but you've probably heard that it can do

a
number on your teeth. Coffee stains on your teeth don't exactly make you feel like smiling. But is it better to

get
your fix with tea instead? The Mayo Clinic makes an important point that tea does contain less caffeine than

coffee. 
Does tea stain your teeth like coffee? In fact, tea can discolor your teeth even more
than coffee thanks to 

something called tannins. But don't worry: there are ways to avoid them. Here's 
everything
you need to know 

about tea's effect on your teeth, and what you can do to keep your smile looking 
brighter.



WHAT MAKES TEA STAIN YOUR TEETH?



Tannins are natural chemicals that give plants a defense against hungry, leaf-eaters (like yourself), according to

Scientific American. They also happen to be what gives tea the deep, complex flavor that you know and love. 

They may taste great, but they're what gives your tea that dark color that clings to your white enamel (the outer 

layer of your teeth), leaving stains and dulling your smile. When it comes to drinks, it's not just the darker hues

you have to look out for. There are some light-colored culprits too. White tea can erode your enamel and white

wine is even more acidic than red! Try to limit your intake. When you do have them, swish with water to get off

as much residue as you can. Whenever possible, use a straw to limit the liquid's contact with your teeth.



HOW CAN YOU KEEP YOUR SMILE ON POINT?



Here are some things you can do to protect your beautiful smile and keep teeth staining to a minimum:



* Sip through a straw when drinking tea both iced and hot to minimize its contact with your teeth.

Swish with water after drinking a cup of tea to clean your teeth before the stains can settle.

Switch to something lighter, like a Green tea. Black teas are more likely to stain.

Brush right away with a whitening toothpaste that is formulated to remove stains.

Tea's caffeine content is diluted, which makes it a great alternative to coffee if you're trying to cut back.

Does tea stain your teeth? Yes, it does, but if you follow these tips you can avoid teeth staining and still start 

each day with a Bright White Smile.



When it comes to drinks, it's not just the darker hues you have to look out for. There are some light-colored

culprits too. White tea can erode your enamel and white wine is even more acidic than red! Try to limit your

intake. When you do have them, swish with water to get off as much residue as you can. Whenever possible, use

a straw to limit the liquid's contact with your teeth. Brushing twice daily is important to help maintain a Bright

White Smile!



PRE & POST INSTRUCTIONS





An educated person is our best client.  Please do your research before deciding on your teeth whitening 

treatment. Ask questions if you're not sure which treatment to choose. 


You do not have to do anything specific other than lightly brush your teeth staying away from the gum line 

before coming in for your teeth whitening treatment. Please DO NOT floss before your appointment!


Having your teeth cleaned and scraped before your teeth whitening treatment may help with the process, but it 

is not necessary to have your teeth cleaned and scraped at the dentist prior to your whitening treatment. We 

do recommend you have your usual 6 months regular check-ups at the dentist.



TEETH WHITENING - AFTER CARE

Following 24 Hours After Treatment:



FOODS & DRINKS TO AVOID



Avoid any dark staining drinks like Tea, Coffee, Red Wine, colored soft or alcoholic drinks and fruit juice.

* Avoid all dark staining foods like bolognaise, soy sauce, red meat, chocolate and all fruit except bananas.

* Avoid any foods or drinks that would leave a stain on a white shirt.

* No Smoking for 24 hours, smoking a cigarette within the first 24 Hours will stain your teeth. Moderate use of 

electronic cigarettes is OK.

* Avoid colored toothpaste (red or blue) or Mouthwash for 24 hours.



FOOD & DRINKS

24 Hours After Whitening Treatment.



Here is a list of clear drinks and ‘white foods’ that are perfectly fine for eating and drinking after a treatment.



FOODS AFTER TREATMENT


* White fish

* White rice

* White pasta

* White cheese

* Bananas

* Cauliflower

* White onion

* Egg whites

* Rice Crispies 

* Crustless white bread

* White low-fat yogurt

* Peeled potatoes cooked to your liking

Skinless chicken/turkey (minus the fat)



DRINKS AFTER TREATMENT



Still / sparkling water

* Tonic/soda water

* White lemonade

* Skimmed milk

* Clear coconut water (not milk!)

* Clear alcohol mixed with clear mixers (gin and tonic, vodka and white etc)



There are many causes for tooth staining. The most common include genetics, aging, consumption of staining 

substances (smoking, coffee, tea, and colas), tetracycline (antibiotic) staining, excessive fluoride, and old fillings. 

Whitening toothpaste can remove stains that are on the outside of the teeth. Dentists call this extrinsic staining. 

However, teeth whitening toothpaste and professional dental cleanings will not change the color or intrinsic 

staining of the teeth. That is why tooth whitening (sometimes called tooth bleaching) is so popular.



WHAT TO EXPECT

During the whitening treatment.



Cosmetic teeth whitening is considered one of the safest procedures available in dentistry. The procedure 

consists of three to four 15-20 minute sessions.  A fresh layer of teeth whitening gel is applied after each session 

as the old gel is removed from your teeth.


Teeth Whitening works by exfoliating stains from inside your teeth to bring them back to their natural color. 


We will measure your initial shade, and the final shade to see how many shades lighter you got.  But there is

no way to predict how many shades lighter your teeth will get beforehand.  The whitening process removes

stains that we all accumulate over the years from coffee, tea, juice, soda, fruits and berries, sauces, salads etc…

The final shade is your natural tooth color, which is unique for everyone.  



CROWNS, VENEERS & BONDING

Will not change color to your natural enamel. 



Over the years the natural teeth may have gotten stained or the shade was ever matched perfectly in the first 

place. You have the option to look in the mirror after each session to decide when it’s time to stop the teeth 

whitening. If you’re unsatisfied with your current bonding, veneer or crown you should also consider replacing 

them as an option. We will consult with you before starting the treatment to answer all your concerns and 

discuss your all your possible options.


Any previous dental work does not change color.  Crowns and veneers are made of porcelain, the shade of 

which cannot be changed. That doesn’t mean that you should not do teeth whitening if you have crown, 

veneer, or filling on a front tooth. Often the color of  the restorative work is actually lighter than the rest of the 

teeth.  


Over the years the natural teeth may have gotten stained or the shade was ever matched perfectly in the first 

place. You have the option to look in the mirror after each session to decide when it’s time to stop the teeth 

whitening. If you’re unsatisfied with your current bonding, veneer or crown you should also consider 

replacing them as an option. We will consult with you before starting the treatment to answer all your concerns 

and discuss your all your possible options.



SPOTS ON TEETH

White spots or streaks on teeth.



White, shiny teeth are considered healthy, beautiful teeth. But, what happens to cause those dull, white spots 

that stands out on teeth, and are they healthy? Those dull white spots are usually the result of a loss of minerals 

in the enamel layer of the tooth. But why does it happen? Some surprising causes of those white spots are…



SMOKING…WHILE PREGNANT



Another example of negative side effects of smoking, smokers are not just risking their own teeth. Pregnant

smokers run the risk of damaging the unborn baby’s teeth. Teeth form early, well before the baby is born. So,

save your baby from weak spots and lifelong tooth struggles, and avoid tobacco while pregnant.



TOO MUCH FLUORIDE



Normally, we think of fluoride as a good thing for teeth, and it is. But, a condition called fluorosis can happen if 

you get way too much fluoride. The people most likely to suffer from fluorosis are children; their smaller bodies 

have lower capacities for fluoride. That’s the reason all toothpastes that contain fluoride advise carefully 

supervising children while brushing and using a pea sized amount of cleaner. Of course, fluoride in proper 

amounts is still good for teeth, especially in childhood when teeth are growing in, so it’s important to check with 

your dentist if you have concerns about whether you or your child are getting the correct amount of fluoride. 

CariFree Gels come in fluoride-free and fluoride containing varieties to help meet your needs.



NUTRITIONAL DEFICITS



A diet short in calcium deprives your body of the building blocks of healthy enamel. In fact, several minerals 

that are part of a healthy and balanced diet help build up tooth enamel, and not having enough minerals 

available can mean your teeth pay the price with white, demineralized spots. Interestingly enough, celiac 

disease, because it causes the intestines to malfunction and not absorb nutrients, can cause significant, 

demineralized white spots on the teeth.



BACTERIA OVERGROWTH



Bacteria love to grow on teeth. Cavity causing bacteria particularly love to grow in the high acid environment

that results from eating. Poor brushing technique lets the bacteria continue to flourish. Braces and other glued

in dental appliances can make it more difficult to brush well. It’s important to be vigilant about brushing well,

particularly when wearing braces, to keep cavity causing bacteria from stripping minerals away from teeth, 

causing the white spots that easily progress to full cavities.


 

SOME MEDICINES



We count on medicine to make us healthy. Unfortunately, some medicines have been known to cause white spots 

on tooth enamel. That’s one reason why certain antibiotics are not approved for use in children. Make sure if 

you are pregnant or nursing to share that information with any doctor prescribing medication for you. Don’t 

share prescriptions, and use medications exactly as prescribed. If you do end up with white spots after medical 

treatment, see your dentist for help treating them (and making sure you’ve identified all possible causes).


 

HIGH FEVERS



A high fever in a child can cause the dreaded white spot on tooth, linked to the loss of minerals on that spot. 

While it may not be your first thought to keep your child brushing their teeth through a bout with the flu, it is 

important to encourage proper hygiene when possible. Even a gentle swipe with the toothbrush and plain water 

can help rehydrate a dry mouth and remove some plaque acids.



Many of us have white spots or streaks on our teeth, often we may not even realize they exist. We’ll inspect your 

teeth before starting the procedure and point to any white spots we find. They’re often covered up by stains and

don’t show up prominently.  The white spots may have been caused by previous orthodontic treatment or may 

be genetic. As we remove the stains from teeth with whitening, the white spots will become more prominent. 

The white spots will also get even brighter because they will whiten as well.  Usually, after a few days the white

spots will blend in a bit more. But expect them to possibly stand out more in the beginning.



DIETARY RESTRICTIONS

 Important post whitening restrictions.



For the first 48 hours the pores in enamel are open, they can absorb stains faster than before.  As rule anything 

that stains a white shirt, will stain your teeth.  We realize that the diet is very restrictive. Please do your best, if

you happen to eat or drink something you shouldn’t then brush your teeth or rinse with water right after.  If you

plan on drinking coffee please do so with a straw, this way only the back of your teeth are exposed to coffee.



TEETH SENSITIVITY

 Sensitivity to teeth whitening.



In a recent survey of 250 clients who had teeth whitening in our office; 89% reported little or no sensitivity after

teeth whitening, 9% reported some sensitivity, 2% of clients reported discomfort for the first 24 hours. Inside

every tooth are millions of microscopic "dentinal tubules" that extend from the nerve (pulp) inside the tooth

to the outside surface of the tooth. There's fluid inside these tiny tubes, and when this fluid moves inside the

tubes, it causes sensitivity. 


Minerals from saliva normally plug up the open outer ends of the tubes, preventing fluid movement and most 

the sensitivity. All bleaching gels tend to dissolve these "plugs" allowing the fluid in the tubes to move and cause 

some sensitivity. 


Dental sensitivity is the most common issue surrounding teeth whitening-and it can happen to anyone, with 

almost any method. But, according to Dr. Rod Kurthy, DDS, recognized expert in the field of whitening 

science, "how severe the reaction is depends on each individual and three important factors: genetics, bleach 

stability and acidic reaction."


Teeth Sensitivity during and after teeth whitening is an important concern for our clients and our office. 


We want you to be comfortable during and after the procedure. While 90% of our clients complete the entire 

treatment, it’s important to understand that completing the three or four 15-minute sessions of teeth whitening 

is not for everyone. We monitor our clients closely and encourage them to let us know when they start feeling 

sensitivity. 


Zinger Sensitivity is a “zing,” or a “zap” that your teeth may feel during the teeth whitening procedure. One or

two zingers are normal but more than that means that it’s time to stop.  Our clients generally get good results

even if they’ve completed just 2 sessions. Sensitivity is the body’s natural way of telling you that it’s time to stop. 


In a recent survey of 250 clients who had teeth whitening in our office; 89% reported little or no sensitivity after 

teeth whitening, 9% reported some sensitivity2% of clients reported discomfort for the first 24 hours.



PAIN MANAGEMENT

Managing teeth whitening sensitivity.



Although moderate to severe sensitivity is rare, unfortunately a very small percentage (~11 %) of our clients will

experience some discomfort after the whitening. Although we try to encourage everyone to stop when their teeth

start to feel sensitive, it’s not always easy for the client to stop before sensitivity increases. 


Taking an anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve etc…relieves the nerves inside teeth that got

inflamed during the whitening treatment. Please note: Tylenol is not an anti-inflammatory, Tylenol works best

when taken in combination with an anti-inflammatory.  We recommend taking 400mg (2 pills) every 4 hours if

sensitivity persists.


Certain toothpastes such as Sensodyne can relieve sensitivity. At home, we recommend applying the toothpaste

for sensitivity to your teeth for 5-10 minutes.



PREGNANT WOMEN

Teeth whitening is not for pregnant women.



Although teeth whitening is a very safe procedure for most. Doctors in general do not recommend any elective 

procedures for pregnant women.  Even if the risk is just 0.000001% it’s still something that’s not worth taking. 

There has not been any harm ever reported, it’s just not a risk worth taking.



REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS



Please be realistic on the results of your whitening treatment and understand the machines do NOT put white on

your teeth. Teeth whitening results cannot be predicted.




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