Having white teeth has become almost an obsession in our culture today. New products and gadgets pop up all the time promising to brighten and whiten teeth. While there are many benefits of having whiter teeth, having your teeth professionally whitened is worth the extra cost as it will last a lot longer than do-it-yourself options. To protect your investment, it is crucial to avoid certain foods, beverages, and products that can cause staining in the days and weeks following your treatment.
If you want to keep your brilliant smile shining bright white, here are a few guidelines to follow after whitening your teeth.
1. Avoid Drinking Colored Beverages
After your whitening treatment, avoid strongly colored beverages such as all:
These drinks tend to stain teeth due to their vibrant or artificial color. If you feel like you can’t miss out on your morning coffee or a glass of wine at happy hour, consider drinking through a straw. Straws help keep liquids away from your teeth, so your smile will remain whiter longer.
2. Don’t Eat Foods That Stain
Similar to avoiding certain beverages, there are a wide range of foods to steer clear of after whitening your teeth. Foods that are acidic, greasy, and/or colored damage your enamel and contribute to staining.
Here are some common foods to avoid after whitening your teeth along with some examples of each:
Dark-colored sauces (red sauce, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, etc.)
Colorful spices (curry, paprika, turmeric, etc.)
Citrus and other acidic fruits (lemons, oranges, limes, mangoes, kiwis, plums, etc.)
Highly pigmented berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, etc.)
Colorful vegetables (tomatoes, carrots, spinach, etc.)
Milk and dark chocolate
Naturally and artificially colored candy (Skittles®, M&Ms®, Smarties®, etc.)
A good rule of thumb is if it’ll stain a shirt, it’ll also stain your teeth. By avoiding these foods, you can ensure your teeth will remain white for much longer.
3. Cut Out Tobacco Products
In addition to being harmful to your oral health in general, using tobacco products is one of the fastest ways to stain or re-stain your teeth. People who smoke or chew tobacco will likely find that they have to constantly touch up their teeth to maintain a white smile, especially compared to those who don’t use tobacco products. It’s recommended to quit smoking and/or chewing, not only for health reasons, but to keep your teeth a pearly white color.
4. Avoid Colored Dental Hygiene Products
In the days following your teeth whitening treatment, you’ll want to avoid colored dental products like toothpaste and mouthwash. Blue, red, orange, and purple colors can re-stain your teeth faster than products that are white or light in color.
You may also find that your teeth are a bit sensitive after whitening, to alleviate this common symptom, try toothpaste and mouthwash that is specifically made for sensitive teeth. Talk to your dentist about which options are best for you.
What to Eat and Drink After Teeth Whitening
We’ve gone over a lot of don’ts. While there are many things to avoid, there are also many different foods and beverages that are completely safe to consume after having your teeth whitened.
You may want to consider trying a “white diet,” which includes foods that are white in color or colorless for 10-14 days following your treatment. Below are some foods and beverages that are safe for your teeth after whitening:
Foods you can eat:
White fish (cod, tilapia, haddock, etc.)
Cereal without any artificial coloring or dyes
Cheese without any artificial coloring or dyes
Vanilla ice cream
Rice Krispie treats
Beverages you can drink:
Still or sparkling water (unflavored)
Clear alcohol with clear mixers (gin and tonic, vodka and club soda, etc.)
Get Whiter Teeth at Rasmussen Dental
Avoid the costly mistake of re-staining your teeth with our helpful tips and tricks to keep your teeth shiny and pearly white! If you’re in the market for whiter teeth, Rasmussen Dental is a leading dental practice specializing in cosmetic dentistry and serving the West Metro suburbs. Schedule an appointment today to get your teeth whitened, so you can smile brighter every day!