Foods and Drinks to Avoid After Your Professional Teeth Whitening Treatment

Are your teeth losing their natural brightness? Don’t feel embarrassed. Years of eating certain foods and drinking certain liquids can stain the outer layer of your teeth. The solution? A professional whitening treatment by Carl F. Lipe, DDS, or a member of his dental team..

Having your teeth whitened can improve the quality of your smile, but there are things we recommend you do to ensure the longevity of the procedure — like avoiding certain foods and beverages.

Here’s an overview of foods and drinks you should avoid after your teeth whitening treatment, courtesy of our dental team and Dr. Lipe.

Foods to avoid

There’s a long list of foods you should limit or avoid after you have your teeth whitened. Since completely avoiding many of these foods can be difficult, we recommend limiting how much you consume and rinsing your mouth thoroughly after.

Try to avoid dark foods, as they leave a pretty noticeable stain. Some dark foods you should  avoid include:

After we whiten your teeth, your enamel is slightly weaker for a short time and your teeth are more sensitive. For this reason, you may want to consider limiting how much fruit you eat as well. The acidity of fruit can erode the chemicals we use to whiten your teeth. Bananas are OK, though.

Certain vegetables, like broccoli and mushrooms, can cause discoloration too.

Avoid dark and acidic drinks

Avoid dark beverages and acidic, sugary drinks after having your teeth whitened. Beverages, especially coffee and red wine, are the biggest culprits for teeth staining. Other fluids to avoid are:

No matter how careful you are, stains still appear every so often. Dr. Lipe can provide you with a customized take-home kit to address these issues.

How teeth lose their natural whiteness

Stains on your teeth are nothing like a laundry stain that you can wash off. Your teeth develop two types of stains:

Extrinsic stains affect the outer layer, or surface, of your enamel. Intrinsic stains go beyond the surface and build up within your tooth enamel.

Dentin, which is the innermost layer of your teeth, can start to show if both stain types are present. Your tooth enamel thins over time, which can also be a reason for tooth discoloration. Good oral habits slow this process, but it’s important to have your teeth professionally cleaned and whitened periodically.

Teeth whitening treatment

Certain teeth whitening treatments don’t work on deeper stains, so determining the severity of the stain is key to your treatment. Dr. Lipe uses several different methods to whiten your teeth, and he can discuss these options with you after your initial consultation and oral exam.

Using over-the-counter products can harm your gums and teeth, and they take several weeks to show minor results. Meanwhile, a professional teeth whitening treatment take only one hour and yields much better results.

Are you a candidate for our teeth whitening procedure? Get in touch with our office over the phone or online to find out.

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