What To Do Once You've Whitened Your Smile

Whether you spent hundreds of dollars on an in-office bleaching treatment or you opted for an over-the-counter whitener, you want your teeth to stay bright and beautiful.

To keep your pearly whites pristine and gleaming, try these three tips:

1. Steer clear of dark-colored beverages like cola, coffee and red wine. They're key culprits in contributing to dental stains. (They may even be why you chose to whiten in the first place!)

2. Whatever beverages you drink, sip them through a straw to prevent the liquid from touching your front teeth.

3. Opt for lightly colored fruits, like melon, and avoid dark-colored foods like berries and chocolate.

A rule of thumb: if a food can stain your clothes, it will probably stain your teeth.

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