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As you probably know, your smile can lead to a great first impression or a disappointing one. For this reason—along with a variety of others—Americans spend millions of dollars every year on teeth whitening.

Unfortunately, if you don’t care for your smile well after it is whitened, you could quickly find yourself unhappy with your results again. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to avoid this problem. To help you keep your smile as white as possible, we’re happy to discuss a few things you can do—and a few things you should avoid.

Perhaps the most important thing you can do to keep your teeth radiant after whitening is avoiding smoking. Aside from potentially causing gum disease, smoking can stain your smile more quickly than anything else. Similarly, some foods can ruin your whitening job, especially foods like cherries, beets, and blueberries. Brushing after every meal can also help—though we recommend waiting at least thirty minutes after eating to brush.

Similarly, there are several drinks you should avoid, including coffee, tea, and red wine. You should also be careful with cola and citrus juices. If you have a hard time giving these drinks, try using a straw. This will reduce contact between staining drinks are your teeth. You should also drink plenty of water to rinse food away.

If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to contact us soon. We look forward to hearing from you.