So you’re considering whitening your teeth. Teeth whitening is a great way to enhance your smile, making it brighter and white, and boost your confidence. Many people choose to do it ahead of a special event, such as their wedding day, to ensure they look as fresh as they can in photos.
However, to get the most out of this gentle but effective in-chair procedure, you should avoid foods that are likely to cause re-staining or irritate sensitive teeth for at least 24-72 hours. So, before making your teeth whitening appointment, ensure to time it well. You don’t want to have to cancel that Italian pasta night with friends at the last minute.
First off, what can I eat after teeth whitening?
We recommend sticking to a ‘white diet’ for at least a few days after your whitening treatment. That means anything food or drinks that are white or clear in colour. For example, white meat such as chicken, turkey or fish, white pasta, bread and rice, white cheeses, white vegetables, milk and water. While this diet may seem restrictive, it’s only for a few days and will help your new pearly whites to last longer, and feel less sensitive.
What can’t I eat after teeth whitening?
As a general rule, if the food or drink is likely to leave a visible mark or stain on a white piece of clothing, don’t consume it. Some of the worst offenders include:
Tea, coffee, red wine, and cola
Dark or strongly colored liquids, especially tea, coffee, wine and cola, have a high possibility of staining your teeth within the first 24 hours. Additionally, try to avoid acidic beverages that may cause teeth sensitivity such as soft drinks, fruit juices and alcohol.
Dark or coloured sauces
Condiments is another category to avoid with newly whitened teeth. Think dark or coloured sauces such as soy sauce, tomato sauce, barbecue sauce, mustard, and chocolate sauce.
While they may be light in colour, sugary and processed foods such as biscuits, cakes, and ice-cream can cause tooth irritation and even staining. Sugar erodes tooth enamel which exposes dentin, a lower layer of the tooth, which causes yellowing. So, sugar is a big no-no post-treatment.
Book in your teeth whitening this summer
Gosford Family Dentist provides in-chair teeth whitening while you wait. Using Zoom WhiteSpeed, we can whiten your teeth by up to eight shades in a single treatment. Book your appointment today.