After undergoing your teeth whitening treatment, you may be feeling more confident in your smile than you have in years – so much so, that you’re ready to take on anything. However, if you want those bright and shiny results to last, there are many foods and drinks you should avoid for 24 to 48 hours after the treatment, as your teeth are more susceptible to being stained during this period.
Avoid These Foods and Drinks After Teeth Whitening
You may have assumed coffee and tea were no-nos when it comes to beverages, and that’s true. The list also includes virtually any “dark” beverage, such as dark sodas, red wine and most fruit juices. If you’re curious whether a beverage is safe to drink, ask yourself if it would stain a white shirt. If the answer is yes, it’s best to avoid.
Alcoholic Drinks and Tobacco
Not only are alcoholic drinks often dark in color, but the acid in alcohol can also weaken the enamel, which is especially vulnerable after whitening. Even white wine should be avoided. This goes for chewing tobacco and smoking cigarettes as well, which are some of the biggest teeth staining culprits around.
Many dark foods can stain recently whitened chompers, like blueberries, beets, pomegranates and dark meats. Tomato and any other dark sauces, condiments, soups, stews and marinades should also be avoided. Even chocolate and artificially-dyed candy can cause stains after whitening.
Very Cold or Hot Drinks or Foods
Overly sensitive teeth are a common but temporary side effect after the whitening procedure. To avoid high levels of discomfort, it’s recommended you also avoid overly cold or hot food and beverages during your recovery. That means iced drinks, scalding soups and frozen desserts are off limits. You may be able to use a desensitizing product afterward to help combat excessive discomfort.
Yes, Even Vegetables
If you’re not a vegetable eater, you now have a great excuse to kick them to the curb, at least temporarily. Leafy greens, carrots, sweet corn, green beans, peas, broccoli and even mushrooms have the potential to stain teeth post-whitening.
So, What Can You Eat After Teeth Whitening?
After you see what you shouldn’t be eating or drinking after teeth whitening, you’re probably wondering what you can consume. Here are some foods and drinks on the pale side you should stick to for a couple of days:
White bread and pasta
Clear coconut water
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