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Foods to Avoid After Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is one of the most commonly requested cosmetic dentistry services in the United States. After all, a bright white, picture-perfect smile is achievable and affordable — and it’s a great way to enhance your appearance.

However, teeth whitening isn’t permanent. The same habits that stained your teeth in the first place can take a toll on your smile again.

Our talented and experienced dentists here at Simple Smiles in Johnson City, Tennessee, offer in-office and at-home teeth whitening services. We want to help you protect your smile, so check out our overview of foods and drinks to avoid after your teeth whitening treatment. 

Foods that stain your teeth

We have a long list of foods you should avoid after your teeth whitening treatment. We know cutting favorite foods from your diet isn’t a great idea, so we recommend limiting your consumption. You can also reduce the staining effects of foods by brushing your teeth or at least rinsing your mouth thoroughly after eating. 

Dark foods often cause staining, try to limit or avoid:

Teeth whitening can temporarily weaken your tooth enamel, which can make your teeth more sensitive. You might want to limit your fruit consumption for a week or so as the acid found in many fruits can erode your enamel. Bananas are OK, though. 

Limit dark and acidic beverages

You should also limit or avoid dark beverages and acidic, sugary drinks after a teeth whitening treatment. Beverages like coffee and red wine are some of the most common causes of tooth discoloration. It would help if you also considered limiting or avoiding:

Even if you take every precaution, over time, the foods and drinks you consume can lead to stained and discolored teeth. Talk to your dentist at Simple Smiles about at-home care and whitening treatments to maintain your bright smile for as long as possible. 

How does tooth discoloration happen?

There are two types of teeth staining: extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic staining impacts the surface of your teeth and is due to lifestyle factors like the food you eat and tobacco use. Intrinsic staining, on the other hand, is caused by problems inside of your tooth. For example, dental trauma, thinning enamel, and tetracycline use can cause intrinsic staining.  

Teeth whitening options

We offer teeth whitening treatments to lift stains from the surfaces of your teeth. However, these treatments don’t work on deeper stains. Before recommending any whitening treatment, we provide thorough exams to identify the type of tooth discoloration and its severity. 

If your dental discoloration is intrinsic, we might recommend veneers or dental crowns to cover your stained teeth. While these treatments are slightly more invasive and pricey, the materials we use are stain-resistant, so your smile won’t become stained in the future. 

If you want to whiten your teeth, we recommend professional treatments. Over-the-counter products can harm your gums and teeth. They also take several weeks to show even a small change in the color of your teeth. Meanwhile, we can brighten your smile by several shades with just one-hour in-office treatment.

Are you a candidate for our teeth whitening procedure? Call our office or make an appointment online today to learn about your options and choose the best method to brighten your smile.

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