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Teeth whitening is one of the most popular dental procedures and is no surprise as to why. Bringing glorious benefits such as a whiter smile and improved confidence teeth whitening is at the forefront of cosmetic dentistry.
There are various different types of teeth whitening out there, the most prominent are in-surgery whitening (or ‘laser’ whitening) and tray whitening – both administered by a specialist dentist. Cheap teeth whitening kits should be avoided as they can do more harm than good.
It’s important to know for 48 hours after teeth whitening treatment your teeth are extremely sensitive and prone to staining, so here are the foods you should be avoiding and which ones you can munch down on without too much thought.
The golden rule of teeth staining is if it would stain a plain white t-shirt, it will stain your teeth. Meaning a lot of the food and drinks you would normally eat without a worry, are now off-limits for a short period after your teeth whitening procedure.
Even though this may seem unnecessary, it’s a small price to pay to keep your teeth sparkling white after treatment. Here are the foods to avoid after teeth whitening:
This is probably one of the most difficult as it includes most of the drinks that you would encounter in your normal daily routine. Tea, coffee, red wine, fizzy drinks (particularly Coke or anything of that nature).
Of course, black tea and coffee is by far the worst for staining and eroding your enamel. Adding milk can help take the edge off, if only slightly (if you absolutely cannot stay away).
Anything highly acidic should be a big NO. Even fruits which are considered healthy, apples, oranges, grapes etc. that are low in pH can increase the acidity in your saliva.
Highly acidic saliva is likely to cause further damage to the enamel that has already been made sensitive from the teeth whitening procedure. This includes fruit juices, alcohol (in general), and other sugary, acidic food and drinks.
Dark-coloured foods following the rule of ‘if it will stain a white t-shirt it will stain your teeth’ means, unfortunately, these foods are off the table (literally).
This covers anything from chocolate, beetroots, pasta sauce, berries, curries. Switching to lighter sauces and foods can help avoid staining your teeth after teeth whitening.
While there are a lot of foods to avoid after teeth whitening treatment, there are just as many you’re encouraged to eat. These cover most of the things that you’d most likely eat in your daily routine anyway, including vegetables, milk, white meats etc.
Here is a list of foods to eat after teeth whitening:
The first step in becoming more confident in your smile is to make an appointment with a trusted, professionally dentist. Here at Green Square Dental, a private dentist that serves Rotherham, Sheffield, Doncaster, Barnsley and more – we provide safe, effective teeth whitening.
To make an appointment and to find out more about our teeth whitening, give us a call on 01709 917666.