Teeth whitening is a great way to brighten up your smile, but having lovely, white teeth doesn’t just end when your whitening treatment stops. Did you know that there are things you can do to protect your sparkling smile as time goes on? One major strategy is to eat the right foods and avoid the wrong foods that may stain your teeth.
Your teeth are most vulnerable to staining 48 hours after whitening as the enamel will be porous during this period of time. Furthermore, during the first 2 weeks after treatment, your teeth are more likely to absorb stains. So, after eating or drinking, brush your teeth as soon as possible. Avoid processed foods like crisps and biscuits, preferring natural crunchy foods like chickpeas and sweet potatoes. It’s important your body gets the right nutrients and natural crunchy foods act as natural teeth cleaners.
If you love a coffee in the morning, you’re not alone. However, coffee is a typical cause of tooth staining and could have initially contributed to your teeth being stained. As a minimum, dentists recommend leaving a 48-hour gap after whitening before you eat or drink dark-coloured foods or drinks, including coffee. But if you really can’t forego your caffeine fix, use a straw as this will help the liquid to bypass the front of your teeth.
Like coffee in the mornings, drinking red wine in the evenings can also be a ritual some people can’t do without. Unfortunately, just like coffee, red wine is a villain of the peace when it comes to keeping your teeth white. So, it’s best to abstain from your favourite glass of Chianti or Bordeaux for as long as possible after you’ve completed your tooth whitening. Doing this will be preserving the results achieved from your treatment.
Many people have a real weakness for dark chocolate. Not only does it taste delicious, but it also has many health benefits such as helping to lower blood pressure and protect you from heart disease. However, in terms of your teeth, dark chocolate can cause havoc with a new white smile. The good news is, you don’t need to totally eliminate dark chocolate after having your teeth whitened. You just need to steer clear of it for the first 7 days after your treatment has ended. Also, avoid foods containing dark sauces in the shorter term after having your teeth whitened. Soy and tomato sauces, stews, and heavy marinades can all lead to tooth staining.
Furthermore, avoid certain types of food after teeth whitening to minimise pain and sensitivity. Bleaching agents in whitening applications cause your tooth enamel to weaken for a while and citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and limes as well as other foods like pickles and even soft drinks can increase harm your teeth in this initial period.
Initially after whitening, you may benefit from not eating very cold or frozen foods as well as very hot foods. Whitening can cause a period of pain or sensitivity, which can last up to 72 hours and irritation is worse when eating foods that are very hot or cold. Therefore, to avoid discomfort, ensure your food is room temperature.
You can always get additional advice from your dentist about do’s and don’ts after tooth whitening to protect your lovely bright smile for as long as possible.