Your smile is all shiny and new after professional teeth whitening, but you may be wondering – what should I eat after my treatment? Let’s start with a look at what teeth whitening entails, and the available options.
Most people will experience stains and yellowing of teeth over time or due to medications, smoking, or consuming tea, red wine, and coffee. Teeth whitening improves the way your teeth look and at the same time, gives you a youthful, brighter looking smile. And professional teeth whitening will not harm your teeth, it’s both safe and effective. You can choose between either in-office or at-home whitening kits from your dental team.
In-Office Whitening or At Home Professional Whitening
Whether you choose in-office or at-home treatment, we can make your teeth look their best again!
In just one visit to your dentist’s office, you’ll find your teeth can become white rapidly with quickly activated bleaching agents. We use a carbide peroxide bleaching agent applied directly to your teeth and a specialized light to activate its whitening power, fast. If you choose an at-home professional teeth whitening kit, your teeth will whiten more gradually but whitening will still yield effective results.
Unlike over-the-counter teeth whitening kits, a professional take-home whitening kit from your dentist is an excellent option, especially if you are only experiencing minor stains or discoloration. We take digital impressions of your teeth, after which we’ll create a set of custom whitening trays to hold a carbide peroxide bleaching agent. We’ll give you instructions on how to use your at-home whitening kit, including how long you should use it each day and how many days or weeks you’ll need in order to achieve your desired results.
Teeth Whitening After Orthodontic Treatment
After wearing traditional braces, your teeth might need a refreshing whitening when your orthodontic treatment is complete. Why not let your new, straighter smile shine?
The best teeth professional whitening depends on the condition of your teeth and your personal preferences. If you have deep discoloration on your teeth, in-office whitening is the way to go. For less serious stains or to maintain the results of in-office teeth whitening, at-home teeth whitening is perfect.
What to Eat After Teeth Whitening
In general after teeth whitening you should:
- Avoid dark colored food and beverages for a full week after whitening, including items such as dark berries like blueberries, carrots, dark chocolate, red wine, tea, coffee.
- Sip dark beverages such as red wine and tea with a straw whenever possible after that one week period, to preserve your smile.
Remember, tooth whitening treatments do not keep stains away forever. If you have good dental hygiene, professional dental procedures will last longer. This means, that in addition to taking care with dark foods and beverages, you should:
- Brush and floss twice daily
- See your dentist regularly for teeth cleanings and exams
Ready for a Bright New Smile?
If you’re ready for a whiter, brighter smile, reach out to us today! We’re happy to make your teeth shine again with either in-office or at-home professional whitening treatments.