If you are one of the many people in Langley BC who are considering teeth whitening treatment to brighten your smile, after your treatment, you will want to protect your beautiful pearly whites for as long as possible. Naturally, you have to maintain proper oral hygiene but you also need to keep in mind that there are certain foods and drinks that should be avoided to maintain the brightness of your teeth. For at least two days after your professional teeth whitening, we recommend avoiding acidic, pigmented foods and drinks. Instead, consume food and drinks that don’t cause discolouration. In other words, you should follow what is commonly referred to as the “white diet.” This is a short-term diet of white, light coloured foods and beverages.
Beverages and Food to Avoid
Teeth whitening involves a bleaching process which leaves your teeth slightly porous and temporarily exposes the dentin layer. As a result, acidic and dark foods can be more easily absorbed by teeth after whitening which can lead to discoloration. By following a white diet for a few days after your whitening treatment, you can minimize the amount of dyes and pigments that come into contact with your teeth until your enamel becomes less porous.
Here are some foods and beverages you should avoid for a few days after getting your teeth whitening treatment:
Many people think that drinking coffee does not stain their teeth as much as tea, but this is not the case. Coffee contains a high level of caffeine that can cause irritation to your mouth if you are sensitive and which can increase the staining of your teeth. It is highly recommended to avoid drinking coffee for at least three days after your teeth whitening procedure.
- Carbonated Drinks
Beverages like soda and beer contain high amounts of sugar and acidic properties that can stain your teeth and cause tooth sensitivity. It is recommended that you do not drink these beverages for at least a couple of days after your teeth whitening treatment. If you do drink carbonated beverages, it’s a good idea to use a straw to minimize liquid contact with your teeth.
- Dark Coloured Fruit Juices and Red Wine
These juices along with red wine may be full of vitamins but they also contain high acidity which can lead to tooth discoloration and the increased formation of plaque. As a result, you should avoid drinking dark-coloured juices and red wine for at least a few days after having your teeth whitened.
- Sweets and Sticky Snacks
Foods like lollipops and gummy bears can stick to your teeth and cause discoloration. Therefore, it is best that you avoid them for a few days.
- Citrus Fruit
These fruits are known for their high content of vitamin C but they are also highly acidic. High acid content can cause irritation to your gums and may cause them to recede slightly over time. Furthermore, citrus fruits can stain your teeth so it’s best not to eat them for a few days after teeth whitening.
- Tomatoes and Tomato Sauce
The acidity in tomatoes may discolour your teeth or cause tooth sensitivity to hot or cold food and drinks. It’s a good idea to avoid eating tomatoes and foods containing tomato sauce for several days.
- Foods that Cause Staining
Like tomatoes, there is a number of foods that are known to stain your teeth and should be avoided as much as possible, especially after a whitening procedure. These foods include soy sauce, beets, blueberries, dark chocolate, and dark marinades and soups. Also, spices (curry and saffron) used in certain cuisines like Indian and Spanish should also be used as little as possible.
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Darker drinks and foods like coffee and red wine can naturally stain your teeth, while sugary snacks can leave a film on your teeth, causing them to look dull. By avoiding certain foods and drinks for a few days after whitening your teeth, you can help ensure that your smile stays bright and beautiful for a long time to come.
If you’re planning on teeth whitening, we encourage you to consult with one of the leading dental professionals in Langley, BC, who can provide you with the information you need to make the best decision. Our staff at Langley Dental Centre can provide information on the kind of results you can expect from our teeth whitening technologies that help you make an informed choice. We also provide care instructions for your teeth and trays, during and after the teeth whitening procedure. Call us at (604) 455-6247 or contact us online if you have any questions about teeth whitening or any other cosmetic dental procedures.