Did you know that about 80% of Americans wish they had a whiter smile? So, if you have discoloration or stains in your teeth, you’re definitely not alone. Professional teeth whitening with your cosmetic dentist can give you a confident and more youthful-looking smile. However, this treatment doesn’t last forever. Keep reading to learn some of the best ways to make your teeth whitening last as long as possible.
How Can I Keep My Teeth White After Treatment?
The most important step you can take to extend the lifespan of your teeth whitening is to watch what you eat. Foods and drinks that are rich in color can typically cause stains in your smile. So, in addition to a good at-home oral healthcare routine, you should avoid these staining foods for at least 10 to 14 days after treatment. Some people call this a “white diet,” which consists of foods that won’t hurt your newly dazzling grin.
What is the White Diet?
This diet gets its name because most of the recommended foods to eat are white! The point is to avoid food with strong colored pigments that can stain your pearly whites. Foods like chicken, turkey, fish, rice, baked goods, and eggs are great to eat. Also, you shouldn’t be thrown off by the word “diet.” You can eat almost anything because there is white chocolate, wine, and other deliciousness out there!
Here are some other popular foods that you should stick to for 10 to 14 days after your teeth whitening:
- Dairy products (uncolored)
- Light meats (no beef)
- Sunflower seeds
What Should I Avoid?
In addition to some foods that are your friends after whitening, you should do your best to avoid these foods and drinks:
- Energy drinks
- Tomato and marinara sauce
Although it’s not a food, smoking and the use of tobacco products can strongly discolor your teeth. So, if having a white smile is important to you, you may want to consider quitting altogether. It will keep your teeth white, but it will also help your oral and overall health.
Now that you know how to extend the lifespan of your pearly whites, use these tips after visiting your cosmetic dentist. That way, you’ll be confident and ready to flash your bright and dazzling grin.
About the Practice
At Cornerstone Dental Arts, we have a team of 4 highly-trained dentists with a passion for smiles. They take pride in offering KoR teeth whitening, one of the most effective whitening treatments, to give their patients beautiful smiles. For any questions, they can be reached through their website or by phone at 865-531-7177.