Time has revealed professional teeth whitening to be a safe, conservative and effective way to improve smiles.  A dental health professional has access to the most successful treatment options when it comes to bleaching one’s teeth.  Additionally, dentists have the knowledge and training to provide the most up-to-date information on which products and procedures are helpful or potentially harmful.  Dentists can advise patients on which teeth may not be treated effectively by whitening, including areas of decay and existing tooth-colored restorations.  Adequate instruction from the health care provider arms the patient with the facts which lead to the greatest results. 

During the bleaching process patients should abstain from activities that inhibit maximum teeth whitening from taking place.   While the opening of the dental tubules created by the whitening agent allows stain to be pulled from the teeth, it also permits stain to infiltrate the teeth.  Therefore, the less exposure a patient has to these staining elements during the bleaching process, the whiter the teeth may become.  Specifically, in the hours following exposure to the bleaching agent, patients should avoid food and drinks with heavily staining capabilities.  Included in this category are blueberries, tea, coffee and red wine.   Smoking during this process will naturally limit the effectiveness of the teeth whitening product as well.  Also, it is advisable to avoid alcohol based mouth rinses while whitening your teeth because they can cause the whitening agent to be less effective.