Liquids to Avoid After Teeth Whitening

24 Jun 2021
Liquids to Avoid After Tooth Whitening

If you are considering having your teeth whitened, you may know little about the process itself. We are taking some time to explain how the procedure works. There are also some liquids to avoid after teeth whitening that you need to know about. At Wilmington Orthodontics, we want your bright smile to last a long time!

How Teeth Whitening Works

Teeth whitening can be done both at home or as an in-office procedure at many dentist and orthodontic offices. Regardless of which you opt for, be sure to discuss the process with your dentist as there are some cautions to be aware of. The first warning is not to use teeth-whitening products if you have braces on your teeth. The products will work, but you’ll have discoloration in the shape of the brackets after removing your braces. You should also avoid whitening toothpaste while wearing braces, but that is a discussion for another day.

Tooth whitening products, both retail and professional, use a mixture of peroxide-based active agents. The difference is the strength of the bleaching agent. Home-use whitening kits normally contain from 3 to 20 percent peroxide. Professional-use mixtures contain from 15 to 43 percent peroxide. Both types will create results. In-home solutions can remain on teeth longer, while the stronger solutions work more rapidly.

The length of time your teeth remain whiter is greatly dependent on the type of system used and your dietary habits. Most in-home kits will consistently provide a brighter smile for two to four months. Professional products can last as long as two to three years. The results will vary with each person. We compiled a list of some liquids to avoid after teeth whitening to prolong your bright smile.

Liquids to Avoid After Teeth Whitening

Because teeth-whitening systems work directly on the enamel of your teeth, you should avoid all sugary or sweet drinks immediately after treatment. There are other drinks that contribute to staining that will reduce the length of time that your smile remains whiter. Of course, regular brushing and flossing will help. Rinsing with plain water after consuming any beverage is also recommended.

The basic rule is to avoid liquids and foods that are acidic or contain tannin. Some of these are:

  • White and red wines
  • Sports drinks
  • Black teas and coffee
  • Berries and other color-rich foods
  • Dark sauces such as tomato sauce, soy sauce, and curries
  • Carbonated beverages (this includes light and dark sodas)

Rather than trying to remember a list of foods and drinks, try to think in terms of your laundry. If it stains your clothes, it will stain your teeth. Most of us know what will stain our clothing and we avoid spilling those items on ourselves. Keep the same rule for your teeth and your white smile will last longer.

Dazzle Your Smile with Wilmington Orthodontics

Whether you decide to use a home product or opt for professional teeth whitening, contact Wilmington Orthodontics to discuss your options. Our knowledgeable staff will help you select the best process for you.

You can submit questions via the Contact Form, or by calling our office at (978) 658-3310.

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