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What You Need to Know Immediately Following Tooth Whitening


Posted on 12/20/2019 by Neil Starr DDS PC
What You Need to Know Immediately Following Tooth WhiteningWhitening your teeth can be an exciting process. Once you have your teeth at the shade you would like. There are some tips and aftercare that, if implemented, can keep your teeth pearly white.

Depending on the procedure you choose to use to whiten your teeth will play a huge role in your follow up routine. Our office recommends you come in and have your teeth whitened in our office for the safest procedure with optimal results.

What You Can Safely Consume Following The Procedure

The best way to imagine what is best is to visualize “white foods.” Meaning foods that have the least amount of coloring that could possibly dull your shade. So, foods like chicken, white fish, white rice, white cheese, cauliflower, egg whites, peeled potatoes, bread with the crust removed.

They are all safe foods to consume. Even something as simple as bread should have the crust removed to protect your teeth for 24 hours. When it comes to liquids, we suggest you stick with water. Some other safe choices are tonic or soda water, white lemonade, skimmed milk, clear coconut water (not coconut milk).

What to Avoid For The First 24-Hours

Obviously, avoid any dark staining drinks. This includes tea, coffee, dark wines, colored alcoholic drinks, and fruit drinks. Any food that could leave a stain behind like soy sauce, red meat, chocolate and all fruit except bananas. If you are a smoker, don't smoke for at least 24 hours. If you vape, very moderate use is acceptable. Don't brush with red or blue colored toothpaste.

The goal is to limit anything with color from coming in contact with your teeth for at least a day to allow the enamel to cover and protect them. If you have been thinking about getting your teeth whitened but know how dangerous at-home kits can be. Give our office a call. We would be happy to look at your teeth and make a recommendation on the best way to brighten your smile.


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