It’s easy to understand why this has become such a big industry. As much as we teach our kids not to judge people based on their appearances, we know that it’s hard not to make a subconscious decision about someone based on how they look.
One of the first things we notice about another person, whether in a professional or personal setting, is their smile. For most people, a genuine smile means showing your teeth as well. You want people to look at you and see a perfectly straight row of pearly whites beaming back at them.
After you’ve gone for a teeth whitening treatment, the first 48 hours are crucial to protecting that treatment. Read on to learn about what you can and cannot eat during that time.
FOODS YOU CAN EAT AFTER TEETH WHITENING
After your teeth whitening session, your teeth are temporarily more porous. This means that they will absorb color more easily. To avoid staining your newly whitened teeth, you need to follow a “white diet.”
For white foods, you can eat things like chicken (as long as the skin has been removed), white fish, turkey, white rice, white sauce, and white pasta.
When you’re looking for something with a bit of a crunch, choose foods with a natural crunch to maintain your dental health. This means no chips or cookies for the first 24 hours. Instead, snack on things like cauliflower, celery, and apples.
Another snack you can enjoy after getting your teeth whitened is white cheese. In fact, there are dental benefits to eating cheese. The calcium is good for your teeth and dairy products help to alleviate dental conditions like gum disease.
FOODS TO AVOID AFTER GETTING YOUR TEETH WHITENED
Having restrictions put on your diet is annoying, but luckily you only have to watch what you’re eating for the first 48 hours after treatment. Once that time has passed, you can go back to your usual diet.
For drinks, stay away from any dark drinks like tea, coffee, red wine, and fruit juice. For food, the list of things to avoid is endless but a few common culprits include soy sauce, red meat, chocolate, and brightly colored fruit.
Additionally, don’t use any colored toothpaste or mouthwash while your teeth are recovering. As a general rule, don’t eat or drink anything that would leave a stain on a white tablecloth.
Many people suffer from sensitive teeth, a condition that is exacerbated by teeth whitening. To avoid this discomfort, avoid hot or cold food or beverages until this heightened sensitivity subsides. In more severe cases, your teeth may also be sensitive to acidic food and drinks such as citrus fruits and carbonated drinks.
What is advisable to eat after teeth whitening?
- dairy products (uncolored)
- light meats (no beef)
- sunflower seeds
After the treatment, it is highly recommended to avoid these foods, as they have a strong coloring effect. They can change easily tooth color, which is hypersensitive to coloring during the whitening period.
Foods to avoid:
- coke (and any other colored soft drink)
- chewing gum
- energy drink
- dark fruits
- soy sauce
- chorizo /salami
- paprika -> goulash, stew
- colored processed food
- oily sauce
- too greasy meals
plan to get you through those challenging 48 hours.
Breakfast is one of the easiest meals on the all-white diet as many popular breakfast foods are white. Options include:
- Rice Bubbles with skim milk
- Plain white yogurt with banana
- Scrambled egg whites on white bread (no crusts!)
- Oats or porridge with grated coconut
- Egg white omelet with cheese
- Fruit salad with banana, peeled apple and pear and grated coconut
Lunch can be a little more challenging, as it is usually the time we like to load up on a fresh, healthy salad or treat ourselves to a juicy burger.
- Chicken or turkey sandwich on white or pita bread with mayonnaise
- Sushi made with white fish such as cod, haddock or halibut
- Grilled cheese sandwich with cheddar or mozzarella cheese
After a full day of eating all-white foods, you will probably be craving a substantial and flavorsome meal. While it may not be a gourmet meal, you can certainly enjoy one of these options:
- Baked or boiled chicken with a side of mashed potatoes and turnip
- Creamy chicken or turkey pasta with cauliflower
- Steamed fish with white beans
- Creamy chicken and cauliflower risotto made with white rice
Make sure you maintain your vigilance throughout the day and avoid reaching for your emergency chocolate stash. Instead, you can snack on:
- Cheese cubes
- Vanilla yogurt or coconut yogurt
- Rice pudding
- Rice crackers (without colored flavoring)
- Vanilla ice cream
The best beverage for your teeth (and your health) is water, and this should be your main beverage during the 48 hours, however, you may also drink:
- White wine
- Clear soda
- Soda or tonic water
- Coconut water
We love our patients and love to help them form healthy dental life that will last them a lifetime. For more information call us today to answer all of your questions so get an appointment today.