Whether to remove stains, blend implants with your original teeth, or touch up an already stunning smile, teeth whitening treatments bring full brightness and beauty to your mouth. Such treatments provide comprehensive color changes that can last for years, but only if you take proper care of your teeth after the procedure.
In particular, you must be careful about what you eat during the first 48 hours after whitening, as your teeth are especially porous during this period, making them vulnerable to damage and discoloration. By keeping to the following dietary tips for the first two days, you can preserve the health and color of your teeth, keeping them beautiful for the long haul.
One of the simplest ways to avoid damage and discoloration is to eat only foods that are room temperature. After your teeth have been bleached, they will be highly sensitive to hot or cold items, causing you pain and raising the risk of damage. By sticking to room temperature foods, however, you will minimize the threats to your teeth while keeping your mouth as comfortable as possible.
Pine for Plain Foods
Beyond the temperature of the foods you eat, you should also pay attention to their color and acidity. In general, you will want to stick to relatively plain foods, such as:
- Chicken with minimal seasoning
- White fish
- French fries and other foods made from potatoes, preferably with the skins removed
- Plain pasta with white sauce
- Plain cereals, preferably soft
- White cheeses
- Egg whites
- Crustless bread
- Yogurt that does not contain fruit
In addition to foods, you should also opt for plain drinks. Plain water and milk are always the best options for your teeth, while tonic water, coconut water, and white lemonade are also fine. If you want to drink alcohol, stick to either white wine or clear spirits mixed with tonic water or other plain mixers.
Steer Clear of Stains
While ideally you should limit yourselves to the foods and drinks listed above, many people have trouble completely restricting their diets in this way. It is okay to eat some foods and drink some beverages that are not on this list, but you should stay clear of items with especially strong pigments. These include:
- Red wine
- Colored alcoholic drinks or sodas
- Soy sauce
- Fruit juices
- Tomato sauces
As a rule of thumb, any food or drink that will leave a stain if you spill it on a white shirt will also stain your newly whitened teeth. The better you avoid foods with strong pigments for the first 48 hours, the more effective you will be at maintaining your newly brightened smile.
Besides sticking to plain, room temperature foods and evading strong pigments, you should:
Collect Calcium– Calcium strengthens your teeth, helping them to recover from the mild irritation they experience during whitening. Because milk and most cheeses are light in color, they should not have any negative impact on appearance.
Check the Crunch– Contrary to popular belief, you do not necessarily have to avoid crunchy foods during this period, so long as those foods promote dental health. Celery, raw cauliflower, and green and yellow apples all help to clean your teeth while having little pigment, making them good choices.
Take Care with Toothpaste– Use only white toothpaste immediately after a whitening, and do not use mouthwash.
For more information on how to keep your teeth healthy and beautiful after whitening, contact Shine Dental today!