Teeth whitening will brighten your smile, but it can cause teeth to become sensitive to heat, cold and pressure.This is especially true for bleaching agents found in teeth trays. With teeth trays, the peroxide in the bleaching agent is often highly concentrated. When peroxide interacts with teeth for extended periods, it may reach past the…
After Teeth Whitening: What Can I Eat and Drink?
Having white teeth is something that almost everyone aims to achieve. They allow a person to have good confidence so that they’ll smile often! While there are so many different kinds of teeth whitening options, it’s best to know how to care for the teeth after the treatment is over.
Because whitening the teeth can be involved, most people want the best possible results. In order to achieve the best possible results, it is often necessary for people to be cautious of what they consume once they are done whitening their teeth. Whether a person visits a dental professional to have whitening done or if they do it at home, it’s best to follow some guidelines for aftercare.
In this article, we will go over what a person can eat and drink so that everyone who is whitening their teeth is well aware of how to get the best results possible. Read more below!
After teeth whitening – What to eat and drink
Plain or non-seasoned meats
Because protein is essential to the body, a person should still eat chicken or fish that isn't heavily marinated or seasoned as these might cause staining to the teeth. Sometimes after teeth whitening, a person may experience sensitivity too. Consuming meats that aren’t heavily marinated or seasoned will avoid causing any sensitivity.
Because dairy products are also typically light in color, these are also safe to consume. Milk is great to drink because it is naturally white, however, it’s best to avoid chocolate milk as this could cause staining. Light colored cheeses, as well as yogurts, are safe for the teeth immediately after whitening too.
Certain starches such as potatoes, rice or pasta are all naturally-light colored and safe to eat immediately after teeth whitening. However, it may be best to eat these plain in order to avoid further staining. These foods are also safe because they are soft and shouldn’t cause too much sensitivity.
What to avoid
Wines, teas and coffees
After a whitening treatment is complete, it is best to avoid beverages that are heavily dyed such as any wines, teas and coffees. These beverages can severely harm the freshly whitened teeth by causing staining.
If consuming coffee, tea or wine is a must, then it’s best to drink ones that are light or clear in color in order to avoid any staining. Because the teeth are so sensitive to staining after a whitening treatment, it’s important to just avoid heavily dyed beverages or brush them immediately after consumption.
Sauces or dark meats
Although a good steak may sound appealing after a whitening treatment, it is important to avoid eating one because the color of the meat could potentially cause staining to the surface of the freshly whitened teeth.
Foods that are drenched in sauces may also be best to avoid in order to prevent staining. However, if sauces are necessary to consume, then it’s best to only consume ones that are light in color such as alfredo or butter garlic sauces. Red sauces or balsamic sauces are best to avoid as these can cause severe staining after a whitening treatment.
After a person completes a whitening treatment, it’s important that they are cautious of what they are eating and drinking. There are many foods and beverages that can cause staining to the surface of the teeth which would reverse the whitening process. It’s best to eat foods and drink beverages that are light in color as this won’t cause staining.
If you have questions about what to consume after a whitening treatment for the teeth then reach out to our office today. We can help answer your questions or address your concerns, give us a call or stop in today!
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