The benefits of a bright, beautiful smile are priceless; however, not everyone has white teeth. Whether from genetics, age, smoking, or the foods you eat, teeth whitening can turn back the clock. Professional whitening treatments can get your teeth up to 8 shades whiter to reveal a luminous smile. Your dazzling results can last for many months or years with the right aftercare, like watching what you eat and drink. Here are the top foods to avoid to ensure your investment lasts.
1. Acidic Foods and Drinks
Acidic foods and beverages should be avoided, especially right after your whitening treatment. Whitening agents can weaken your enamel temporarily, which can make your teeth more vulnerable to acids. This can increase sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks. It’s best to moderate your consumption of anything acidic, including citrus fruits and pickled foods.
2. Dark Colored Beverages
It can be difficult to skip a cup of coffee in the morning or a cold soda on a hot day. However, the dark pigments can get trapped in the pores of your enamel, leading to discoloration. If you can’t resist tea in the afternoon, it’s better to drink it all at once instead of sipping it. This will reduce the frequency your teeth are exposed to the stain-causing beverage. Your dentist will also recommend drinking it through a straw. Rinse your mouth with water after you’ve finished to remove any lingering residue from your teeth.
3. Foods Containing Dyes
Many sweet treats and juices contain food coloring to make them more appealing. Just as the dye can stain your clothes, it can also stain your teeth. It’s better to skip anything that contains natural or artificial dyes to protect your pearly whites.
4. Dark Fruits and Vegetables
Although fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet, those dark in color can also stain your teeth, like berries, pomegranates, and grapes. As a rule of thumb, if they can stain a white shirt, they can stain your teeth.
Maintain a Bright Smile
Choosing your foods and drinks wisely isn’t the only component to maintaining your smile. Here are a few additional tips to keep your teeth their whitest:
- Commit to Your Oral Hygiene: Brush your teeth at least twice daily and floss every night.
- Stop Smoking: Don’t smoke or use tobacco.
- Schedule a Cleaning and Checkup: Visit your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup. They can also provide you with a touchup kit.
You can look and feel your best by investing in a whitening treatment from your dentist. You can enjoy stunning results that last by giving your teeth the attention they deserve.
About Dr. Kevin Labrosky
Dr. Labrosky earned his dental degree from the Temple University School of Dentistry and has continued his education in advanced services, like cosmetic dentistry. He is a proud member of many professional organizations, including the American Dental Association. Request an appointment through our website or call (814) 364-4799.