Teeth whitening is a huge industry in America. The industry brings in a revenue of $11 billion per year with about $1.5 billion of that spent on teeth whitening products.

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.

Feel More Confident With A Whiter Smile

Caring for your teeth after you’ve been in for a teeth whitening session requires a little bit of extra attention, but it’s worth it when you are feeling confident about those pearly whites.

If you’re ready for a brighter, whiter smile, contact us about our teeth whitening services today!