- It’s recommended to brush your teeth before applying whitening strips as this will help you achieve better results. But you should wait about 20-30 minutes after brushing before using whitening strips. Using whitening strips right after brushing your teeth can result in gum irritation and tooth sensitivity.
- You can brush your teeth after using whitening strips, but you should be extremely gentle. After whitening products, the teeth are more exposed and vulnerable, which is why it’s better to use a soft bristle brush or sonic toothbrush.
- A good option is to combine whitening strips with whitening toothpaste, which you can do with the Icy Bear Power Smile Bundle. This whitening kit also comes with a sonic whitening toothbrush, which effectively removes superficial teeth stains without damaging the enamel or irritating the gums.
Whitening strips are the best at-home method that will help you to get a dreamy pearly smile. This over-the-counter whitening treatment contains special ingredients that quickly and effectively get rid of tooth stains. If you’re new to using whitening strips, you are probably wondering whether you should or should not brush your teeth before and after the procedure. In this article, we’ll go over the recommendations for brushing your teeth when using whitening strips and also talk about other complementary whitening methods.
Should You Brush Your Teeth Before Using Whitening Strips?
You can and should brush and floss your teeth before using whitening strips. This will help to remove plaque build-up which accumulates on the teeth and can keep whitening strips from sticking to the teeth properly. Plus, if you brush your teeth beforehand, you may achieve better results.
However, just like you should wait 20 minutes after eating before brushing your teeth in order to give the surface of your teeth time to recover from acidic components in the food, you should also do so before applying whitening strips. It’s recommended to wait at least 20-30 minutes after brushing your teeth before applying whitening strips. This will prevent you from developing gum irritation and tooth sensitivity.
Should You Brush Your Teeth After Using Whitening Strips?
You can also brush and floss your teeth after applying whitening strips. It won’t harm your teeth or reduce the whitening effect. However, you should be very careful and gentle during this process to prevent gum irritation.
That’s why we recommend switching to a sonic toothbrush instead of a regular one. It helps to control the pressure you put on the teeth while brushing them, which prevents overbrushing and keeps you from accidentally irritating your gums and damaging the enamel.
However, you should not brush your teeth immediately after doing a whitening treatment, as this can also cause irritation and sensitivity. We recommend waiting a few minutes after you remove whitening strips (or they dissolve in your mouth) and before brushing your teeth.
Eating After Teeth Whitening
You can eat after teeth whitening, but it’s recommended to avoid staining foods and drinks, as well as anything hot or cold. For instance, you should stay away from brightly coloured products such as coffee, tea, wine, fruit, sweets, bright spices, and dark sauces. It’s also best to limit or avoid consuming fizzy drinks, tobacco, and other foods and beverages that contain strong pigments.
Your teeth will be a little sensitive and more prone to staining after whitening, so if you want to keep the results of the treatment, it’s better to limit certain foods for at least 48 hours after whitening. But you should also remember that the whitening results you get depend not only on the products you use but also on your diet and lifestyle habits. So if you drink lots of coloured fizzy drinks and coffee or smoke, your teeth will likely become yellow very quickly after treatment.
At-Home Teeth Whitening Options
Today, there are a lot of over-the-counter whitening treatments that can help you whiten your teeth without making a dentist appointment available on the market. Here are the most popular and effective options:
Teeth Whitening Toothpaste
Teeth whitening toothpaste is a very gentle and easy-to-use whitening option. All types of toothpaste have some amount of abrasive ingredients in them, but whitening toothpaste contains a little more of them, which allows it to effectively remove superficial stains from the surface of the teeth.
However, not all types of whitening toothpaste work the same and deliver the desired results, which is why you should use only certified high-quality products, such as the Icy Bear diamond whitening toothpaste. This toothpaste uses a unique formula that incorporates one carat of very fine diamond dust. Diamond dust is a natural abrasive, which is very effective but also very gentle on the teeth. It doesn’t cause gum irritation or tooth sensitivity, so it’s a perfect option even for people with sensitive teeth.
Teeth Whitening Strips
Whitening strips contain active ingredients that whiten the teeth and remove teeth stains. Keep in mind that whitening strips that use hydrogen peroxide (which is the most common active ingredient in over-the-counter whitening strips) often have many unpleasant side effects, which is why we recommend opting for Icy Bear whitening strips.
Instead of harmful bleaching agents, they contain PAP (Phthalimido-Peroxy-Caproic acid), which is a safe yet very effective ingredient. This innovative technology sets our strips apart from the competition while ensuring that they are no less effective than 6% hydrogen peroxide whitening strips. This is evidenced by the fact that our strips can whiten the teeth by up to 7 shades in just two weeks. The unique ‘dissolvable strip’ technology used in the strips also allows you to avoid all the mess that gels and liquids create.
Teeth Whitening Toothbrush
Sonic toothbrushes are the most effective type of electric toothbrushes available on the market today. A sonic brush helps to whiten the teeth and remove plaque build-up. It also cleans the teeth at a higher speed than regular electric toothbrushes and has a bigger coverage area, which helps it to reach areas that are otherwise hard or almost impossible to access, like the portion of the teeth located below the gum line and other crevices.
This brush is also more gentle on the teeth than a manual toothbrush since it controls how much pressure you put on your teeth. Very high-speed brushes, such as the Icy Bear sonic toothbrush, can also turn the fluids in the mouth into powerful physical cleaning agents, which results in better cleaning and more effective whitening.
Icy Bear Power Smile Bundle
If you want to find a comprehensive solution that can keep your teeth healthy, prevent cavities, and also help them stay as white as possible, we recommend using the Icy Bear Power Smile Bundle. This is an at-home whitening kit that allows you to target yellow teeth and achieve professional results in the comfort of your home. It comes with 56 whitening strips that allow you to follow a two-week twice-a-day whitening schedule and make your teeth up to 7 shades whiter in just 14 days. In addition to the strips, the kit contains whitening diamond dust toothpaste and a sonic toothbrush.
Should I brush my teeth before or after using teeth whitening strips?
You should brush your teeth before any whitening procedure. This will ensure that the plaque is removed and the whitening agents can target the teeth without any problems. But you can also brush and floss your teeth after using whitening strips; just make sure to be very gentle and use a soft bristle brush.
How long should I wait to use white strips after brushing my teeth?
Don’t apply whitening strips immediately after brushing your teeth, as it can increase gum irritation and tooth sensitivity. It’s generally recommended to wait at least 20-30 minutes after brushing your teeth to use whitening strips.
What to do after whitening strips?
After using whitening strips, wait some time, and then you can brush and floss as normal. Make sure to avoid staining foods and drinks for at least 48 hours as well. Follow the instructions from the manufacturer of your kit and apply the whitening strips as advised once or twice a day.
Why do my teeth look more yellow after whitening strips?
Most whitening products contain very strong abrasives, which can wear off tooth enamel and expose the layer of yellow tissue called the dentin located underneath the enamel over time. That’s why you should search for gentle and certified products such as Icy Bear whitening strips. They contain only safe ingredients with no bleaching agents or strong abrasives and effectively whiten the teeth up to seven shades.
Can I eat after using whitening strips?
Yes, you can eat after using whitening strips, but avoid coloured foods and beverages. After whitening strips, the teeth are more prone to stains since the pores in the teeth stay open for a couple more hours after you use the strips.