Foods to Avoid After Teeth Whitening

Teeth WhiteningThere’s no question that a brighter, whiter smile can boost your appearance and self-confidence. That’s why this procedure continues to grow in popularity. But it’s important to know that what you eat and drink in the days after the procedure can make a big difference to your teeth. To avoid tooth staining, avoid the following five foods and drinks.

  • Sorry, java lovers. Your morning cup of Joe is one of the most common causes of tooth staining. Think of it this way: anything that can stain a white shirt can stain your teeth. At least wait two days after your whitening procedure to incorporate coffee back into your daily routine.
  • Red wine. Studies indicate that one glass of wine a day has its health benefits, but red wine is also a primary cause of tooth staining. To maintain the tooth whitening effects, abstain from a glass of red for as long as possible.
  • Certain sauces.In the days following your treatment, steer clear of dark sauces like tomato sauce and soy sauces. Also avoid stews and marinades, which contribute to significant staining.
  • Dark chocolate, in particular, can do a number on your recently whitened smile. But it has its good points too. It contains a powerful antioxidant that’s been known to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease. You don’t have to do away with dark chocolate forever. Just stay away from it for the first week.
  • Highly acidic foods. When you whiten your teeth, the bleaching components that are used temporarily weaken your tooth enamel. If you add acidic foods into the mix, it can add more acid to your saliva which can harm your teeth. In the days after your tooth whitening, avoid food types that can increase acidity like oranges, lemons, limes, pickles and soda.

Want to learn more about getting the most out of your tooth whitening procedure? Contact Dr. Stanly Hirst, DDS, and Bethany Jensen, DDS, at Broadway Family Dentistry today by calling 701-839-1299 to schedule a check-up.  We are located in Minot, ND and look forward to hearing from you!

The Truth About Teeth Whitening

teeth whiteningYour smile says a lot about who you are. It can convey confidence, charm and an overall pleasing appearance. That’s why having a brighter, whiter smile is important. To achieve this, many turn to teeth whitening, a treatment that continues to grow in popularity. If you’re looking to refresh those pearly whites via teeth whitening, here are some answers to frequently asked questions about the procedure:

Is teeth whitening a permanent solution?
The effects of teeth whitening do not last forever. Typically, you can expect the treatment to last anywhere from six months to two years. To maintain the whitest smile possible (for as long as possible), avoid foods and beverages that stain, such as red wine and coffee.  And avoid smoking to help preserve the results.

Does teeth whitening harm tooth enamel?
Teeth whitening products that use 10% carbamide peroxide do not damage the surface of your tooth’s enamel or any other tooth structures.

Can I whiten my teeth if I’ve had restorative dental work?
Yes. Tooth whitening has very little effect, if any, on dental work such as tooth-colored fillings, crowns, veneers or bridges. However, existing restorations do not lighten, so it may mean replacing dental restorations to match the whiter shade of your teeth.

How long does a professional tooth whitening procedure last?
Unlike over-the-counter teeth whiteners, which are to be used over a two- to four-week period, a professional treatment lasts about an hour.

Will my teeth be sensitive?
At first, there will be some sensitivity from teeth whitening, but it will diminish in about one or two days after treatment. Also, teeth whiteners do not damage the tooth’s nerve, which is a common concern for those looking into the procedure.

Is teeth whitening safe?
Many studies have shown that tooth whitening is safe. To protect your tooth enamel after teeth whitening, you can use calcium sulfate and fluoride.

Learn more about the many benefits of teeth whitening. Contact Dr. Stanley Hirst, DDS, and Bethany Jensen, DDS, at Broadway Family Dentistry today by calling (701) 839-1299 to schedule a check-up.