If you are getting ready for teeth whitening in Tyson’s Corner, you’re probably looking forward to showing off your dazzling results in a short while. But are you aware that what you eat in the hours immediately after your treatment is finished can make or break the results? Your dentist will talk you through the “teeth whitening diet” — follow it and you will enjoy your dazzling white teeth for a long time to come.
Why Your Teeth Are Vulnerable after Whitening
In the first 48 hours after an in-office whitening treatment, your teeth will look fabulous — and they will also be ready to soak up the colors of anything you eat and drink. That’s because the whitening process makes the tooth enamel more porous and likely to absorb pigments from foods and beverages. Steering clear of vibrant foods — some of which may fall on your list of favorites — is very important right after whitening.
Doing a little prep work before the procedure will help to ensure that you have the right items on hand in the 2 days afterward, and that you don’t forget and accidentally bite into something that will diminish your wonderful results.
The Teeth Whitening Diet
It’s an easy enough rule to remember: eat only white, beige, and light foods right after whitening. The same goes for beverages. Follow this menu to protect your beautiful results!
- Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, bagel, vanilla or plain yogurt, cereal with milk, and white or green tea, water, or apple juice.
- Snacks: Pretzels, chips, crackers, bananas, apples, pears.
- Lunch: Sandwiches, white cheeses, clear soup, rice and vegetable dishes, pasta with cream sauce.
- Dinner: White fish, chicken, potatoes, white pizza (with cream sauce instead of marinara).
Have more ideas for what to eat after teeth whitening? Don’t hesitate to share them with us next time you come in!
What Not to Eat after Teeth Whitening
It’s best to avoid anything that is vibrantly colored or that stains the tips of your fingers when handled. Some of the things to stay away from in the first 48 hours after whitening include:
- Black coffee, black tea, dark sodas
- Soy sauce
- Chocolate (especially dark chocolate)
- Red wine
- Ripe berries
- Balsamic dressing
- Tomato sauce
- Pizza with red sauce
- Turmeric and curry
- Dark beer
- Cigarettes and tobacco
If you do accidentally consume one of these items within the first 48 hours after whitening, all hope is not lost. Rinse your mouth out immediately and/or brush your teeth to remove what’s left behind. Box up what you’re eating and put it in the fridge — it’ll be ready to enjoy in about a day or two! Following these steps will help to ensure that you get the most out of your teeth whitening treatment.
Meet the Practice
Dr. Sam Osseiran and his team offer comprehensive dental services, including cosmetic dentistry and teeth whitening, at the Just For Your Smile office. If you would like to learn more about how to enjoy lasting results after teeth whitening, don’t hesitate to contact your cosmetic dentist in Tyson’s Corner today.