You finally decided to have a professional teeth whitening treatment. You’re loving your newfound confidence and the renewed brightness of your teeth. Finding an excuse to smile is easy as you enjoy sharing its radiance.
Unfortunately, teeth whitening is not permanent. Touch-ups will be needed from time to time to retain the brightness of your teeth. However, there are ways to keep the sparkle in your smile for longer.
Foods That Can Cause Staining
Many of the foods and beverages that can discolor the teeth have intense color pigments that can attach to the tooth enamel. If you want to retain the beautiful radiance of your smile, avoid the following foods and beverages:
– White and red wine
– Sports drinks
– Black teas and coffee
– Carbonated drinks (both light and dark-colored sodas)
– Strongly-colored foods
– Curry, tomato, and soy sauces
Those who avoid staining foods and beverages may be able to wait a full year, or even longer, before having to get another whitening treatment or a touch-up. On the other hand, people who expose their teeth to the above foods and beverages may notice their bright teeth fading in as little as a month.
Foods That Can Combat Staining
Just as there are foods that can stain the teeth, there are foods that can fight staining.
Eating dark green vegetables (like broccoli, spinach, or kale) at the beginning of a meal can create a film over the teeth that can help protect them from staining foods. Other fruits and vegetables that fight staining include carrots, celery, cauliflower, and apples.
To combat acidic foods, drink a glass of milk or eat hard cheese. These can both neutralize acid and strengthen your pearly whites!
Dr. Ronald Levine and our team in Germantown, Maryland, are happy to give you further advice on keeping your pearly whites bright and radiant! Please contact Blue Ribbon Dental at 301-540-8808 today to schedule your next visit with our dentist.