Professional teeth whitening can provide a long-lasting brighter, and whiter smile. After a teeth whitening session, your teeth become slightly more porous, absorbing stains easier. For the next couple of days, avoid food and beverages that have food dye or are highly acidic. A teeth whitening service is an investment in your smile that you can protect with proper aftercare. Our Gainesville dentists provide effective teeth whitening services that can brighten your smile quickly. For more information on teeth whitening in Gainesville, FL, contact us at Comprehensive Dental Care to schedule an appointment!
Food & Beverages To Avoid After Teeth Whitening
Many common foods and beverages contain pigments that can cause deep stains on your teeth. To understand what foods and beverages stain, remember if the item stains a white shirt, it would stain your teeth. After a teeth whitening session, teeth are more susceptible to staining, and any items that can stain your teeth should be avoided for 48 hours.
Red wine is highly effective at staining teeth because of its high acidity and rich color. White wine can also wear down the enamel, although it does not immediately stain your teeth like red wine.
Dark fruits such as berries, cherries, and pomegranates have dark juices as you chew and contain high amounts of acidity that break down enamel.
Tomato Based Sauces
Tomato products, especially sauces and tomato-based soups, can stain teeth with deep red pigment.
Coffee & Tea
It may be difficult to avoid these caffeinated beverages, but coffee and tea are highly effective at staining teeth. If you must drink coffee or tea, try using a straw to reduce contact with your teeth and rinse with water immediately after drinking.
Soda is high in sugar and acidity and typically contains food dye.
Curries and other similar dishes contain colorful spices such as turmeric that can quickly stain teeth yellow and orange.
Keep Your Teeth Whiter For Longer
There are a few good habits to keep your teeth whiter for longer. Not only during the days following your teeth whitening session but all the time. Foods and beverages sitting on your teeth for a long time cause staining, cavities, and enamel decay. After eating or drinking anything, flush your mouth with water to rinse away food debris and anything on your teeth. Also, consider brushing your teeth after eating something known to stain, such as red sauce or coffee. If you wish to prioritize a bright, healthy smile, it is also important not to use any tobacco products. Our experienced and friendly dentists in Gainesville can help you achieve your smile goals. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for teeth whitening services!