Aftercare: Maintaining Whitening Effects
To help maintain the look of your newly whitened smile, you should avoid drinking red wine, dark sodas, coffee or tea; eating red sauces, mustard or ketchup, blackberries, and soy sauce; and using tobacco products. Use of such products can stain your teeth and diminish the effects of Lumibrite treatment. At the very least, please wait for 72 hours after the whitening procedure. Above all else stay away from any toothpaste with stannous fluoride and all oral health mouth rinses. Many of these oral health rinses have ingredients that stain and discolor teeth, resin, and porcelain. The only fluoride you should be using to prevent stain is sodium fluoride.
Tobacco products will stain teeth even after whitening treatments. As such, Dr. Roca suggests you quit using them. Maintain an appropriate oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) regimen to prevent stains from reforming, and see us at least every six months for your regularly scheduled teeth cleanings.
Toothpastes containing whitening agents can help maintain the results of the procedure. You want to stay away from any mouth rinses and toothpastes that contain stannous fluoride because they often will leave a brown stain on your teeth. Additionally, you may want to purchase some of the Lumibrite take-home whitening gel, which is available for purchase in the office. If you wear retainers, the gel is perfect to place inside your retainers or guards for bleaching your teeth at home.