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What to Eat After Teeth Whitening Treatment

Dr. Mark Studer and the rest of our staff encourage anyone with good oral health who is unhappy with the color of their teeth to consider whitening. We use the Opalescence® Whitening System, which is a safe and effective professional treatment that gives you a noticeably brighter smile in one treatment. 

There are many benefits to having your teeth whitened, and increased self-confidence is not the least of them. Protecting your freshly whitened teeth from stains and discoloration is probably high on your priority list so that you can continue to feel great about your smile. 

In this post, we discuss what you should and shouldn’t eat in the days immediately after your treatment. We also offer some general guidelines on protecting your pearly whites in the long term. 

The first two days

The first few days, especially the first 48 hours, following your treatment are possibly the most critical for protecting your new smile. You’re going to want to avoid several foods and beverages, including: 

If the idea of spilling any certain food or beverage on your favorite white shirt makes you cringe, avoid eating or drinking it for the first two days! If you absolutely must have coffee, tea, or soda, be sure to use a straw, which keeps the liquid from coming in contact with your teeth. 

In order to protect your newly whitened teeth, choose foods vegetables are white — potatoes, white beans, cauliflower — and opt for white meat. Beverages that don’t have color, like water, sparkling water, or colorless soda, won’t stain your teeth. Fruits like apples or bananas that are white in color and aren’t acidic are your safest option. 

Long-term choices

After those critical first 48 hours, you can relax your vigilance, at least a little. If you do choose to eat a potentially teeth-staining food like red pasta sauce or blueberries, brush your teeth right after your meal. You may want to continue using a straw for stain-causing beverages. That daily cup of coffee likely contributed to your need for teeth whitening in the first place! 

Other care tips

In addition to being careful about stain-causing foods and beverages, there are some other things you can do to keep your teeth looking great months or even years after your treatment. 

Continue to follow a careful oral hygiene regimen. Brush twice a day for at least two minutes each time, and floss and use an antiseptic mouth rinse once each day. Consider a whitening toothpaste — we’re happy to make recommendations — a couple of times each week. 

You should also be sure to keep your regular appointments with Dr. Studer. Two visits per year keep your teeth looking great and any oral problems at bay. 

Finally, you may want to consider touch-ups. If you feel your results are fading, discuss it with Dr. Studer. He may offer further suggestions on maintaining the whiteness of your teeth, or he may suggest touch-ups, depending on your situation. 

If you’d like to learn more about the Opalescence Whitening System or keeping your teeth white and bright following your treatment, book an appointment with Dr. Studer. You can book online or give us a call at 817-402-4110.

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