teeth whitening after care
What to avoid after your appointment?
Beverages to AVOID:
- Orange Juice or Any Acidic Fruit Juice
- Colas and Other Fizzy Drinks
- Energy Drinks
- Red Wine
- Stout or Dark Beer
Avoid foods and drinks that are acidic.
Acidic foods and beverages open up the pores of the tooth enamel allowing stains to more easily penetrate your teeth. Use a straw to help minimize the contact of these substances with your teeth.
Avoid extremely hot or cold liquids.
These are dangerous to your white smile because they change the temperature of your teeth. This temperature change (hot and cold cycling) causes teeth to expand and contract, allowing stains to penetrate your teeth. Try cutting down on these types of drinks or try drinking them with a straw to reduce the amount of time they are in contact with your teeth.
Foods to AVOID:
Cut back on drinking and smoking.
Frequent consumption of alcoholic drinks and heavy smoking can reverse the effects of teeth whitening. many alcoholic drinks such as wine have tannins that can stain the teeth. The same goes for the nicotine in tobacco. If you cannot quit drinking and smoking entirely, at least try to do it in moderation or lessen the frequency.
Try to avoid foods with color. The more colorful, the more likely it can stain your teeth.
- Carrots and Orange Fruits and Vegetables
- Broccoli, Spinach and Green Vegetables
- Wheat Bread
- Tomatoes and Red Sauces such as Spaghetti Sauce.
- Butter Margarine
Use smudge-proof lipstick and/or gloss.
Use smudge-proof lipstick and/or lip-gloss to keep lipstick and gloss form getting on your teeth because regular lipstick and lip-gloss can stain your teeth.
What won't stain after your appointment?
Beverages that are OKAY:
- Sparkling Water
Foods that are OKAY:
- Chicken - Cottage Cheese
- Turkey - Potatoes (NO skin)
- White Fish - Bananas
- White Rice
- White Pasta
- White Sauces
Use miner enamel boosters to seal in results and lock out stains. Using teeth whitening toothpaste and avoiding staining beverages, foods and/or smoking will help your results last longer.