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3 Ways You Are Sabotaging a Whiter Smile

Posted on March 25 2015

When it comes to home teeth whitening, here are 3 ways you could be limiting your results:

1. You rely on a whitening toothpaste. If you haven't already learnt this, whitening toothpastes are generally just disappointing. They can claim to be whitening without actually containing any bleaching ingredients whatsoever. That's because they often just contain silica, a scrubby ingredient that removes the stains on the surface of your teeth but not the ones in the enamel. Meaning you won't see any improvements with those decade-old coffee stains. 

2. You always brush your teeth with toothpaste before using BrighterWhite. Brushing your teeth before you whiten can do more harm than good. If you insist: Don’t use fluoride toothpaste, the reason being as it sticks to teeth and blocks peroxide from getting inInstead, stick to a fluoride-free toothpaste prior applications. You should, however, floss before whitening as it removes plaque, which also prevents bleach from penetrating - ultimately enhancing results.

3. You bleach right before a boozy party. You've got some downtime before a boozy wine-and-grub party, so it's the perfect time to get a quick application in to get those pearly whites nice a bright, right? Wrong: Be careful with wine, coffee, tea, and berries while you’re whitening, since hydrogen peroxide makes teeth more prone to staining for up to 72 hours after treatment. If you do find you're in the event where you need to drink wine within 72 hours of an application, make sure you chase each glass of wine with a glass of water. You'll probably thank us the morning-after for that tip also.

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