Tips for Maintaining Your Smile After Teeth Whitening

Tips for Maintaining Your Smile After Teeth Whitening

A white smile can leave you looking healthier and several years younger. If you are ready to say goodbye to dental stains and discoloration, our San Clemente dental practice offers in-office and take-home teeth whitening kits. Once completed, the safe and effective cosmetic treatment can brighten your smile by several shades. 

After you have undergone teeth whitening treatments, you will want to take steps to maintain your whiter smile. The tips listed in this blog can help you retain your cosmetic results for years. Even the best oral hygiene habits and careful attention to avoiding staining foods and drinks won’t prevent discoloration forever. When you are ready to undergo another whitening treatment, our friendly dental team will help you find the best whitening procedure to reach your cosmetic goals. 

Tips for Maintaining Your Whiter Smile

On average, teeth whitening results will last for around three years. Patients can play a proactive role in maintaining their brighter smile by scheduling regular cleanings at our dental practice and following these tips.

Try Using an Electric Toothbrush

Electric toothbrushes offer many advantages over non-electric toothbrushes. The high frequencies that electric brushes can reach are better at removing calcified deposits of plaque. The electronic oral hygiene devices also have timers that remind users to brush for a full two minutes. Electric toothbrushes reach areas that traditional toothbrushes simply cannot. 

Avoid Stain-Causing Foods

We all know which foods stain our teeth. Many of these foods and drinks, unfortunately, are popular. While you don’t have to completely abstain from sports drinks and blueberry pie, the cosmetic benefits of cutting back may be worth it. Using a straw when drinking iced coffee or tea is another trick that can save your pearly whites from staining. 

While it’s not an “off-limits” list, you may want to consider cutting back on or avoiding certain types of:

  • Berries
  • Tomato sauce
  • Pomegranates
  • Tumeric
  • Curries
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Sports drinks
  • Paprika

On the “bright” side, certain foods can actually whiten your teeth. Cheese and apples promote the production of saliva, which can wash away harmful bacteria and restore minerals. Celery, nuts, broccoli, and other course foods can actively scrape off stains and plaque. 

Whitening Toothpastes Do Work

While whitening toothpaste will not deliver the drastic results of professional whitening treatments at our San Clemente dental practice, the abrasive ingredients found in these oral hygiene products can aid in the removal of surface stains. Consider using a whitening toothpaste after eating a stain-causing food or drink. Baking soda is also an effective cleaning agent that can whiten enamel. 

Nothing Beats Good Oral Hygiene Habits 

If you follow nothing else from this blog, remember to floss and brush at least twice a day. Using a cosmetic or therapeutic mouthwash can also aid in the removal of staining agents. Bright, white teeth should be the product of a healthy smile. 

Schedule Additional Whitening Treatments

Even when all of these tips are followed, enamel will tend to discolor with age. Many of our patients schedule teeth whitening treatments every few years to maintain their youthful smile. If you use our take-home whitening kits, you can perform your own periodic touch-ups as needed.

Schedule Your Cosmetic Treatment Today


We love seeing our patients boast teeth that are both healthy and attractive. If you are in good oral health but desire a more attractive smile, we offer dental bonding, teeth whitening, and veneers to brighten your smile. To schedule your cosmetic consultation with our office, please contact our staff online or call (949) 388-0780.