2nd January 2019
How to avoid staining after teeth whitening
So, you’ve had your teeth whitened with us here in York. You’re so pleased with the results, you’re now grinning with confidence! But you’re worried – how do I avoid staining my newly brightened smile after teeth whitening? We’re going to share with you our top tips on how to avoid staining and streaking your teeth after your teeth whitening treatment.
Foods and drinks that cause teeth staining
Sadly, some of the nation’s favourite foods and drinks can cause teeth staining. This is true for both tea and coffee, so you might want to lessen your intake of these drinks! Tea and coffee both contain tannins, which naturally occur in organic matters like the tea leaves and beans used to make the drinks. This organic matter is naturally a brown colour, but it has massive staining power on your teeth. Tannins cling to your tooth surfaces to taint them, making them dull and even browning them! Have a drink of water after your tea or coffee to loosen the pigments or try to cut down altogether.
Red wine also carries the same tannins found in the fruit skins used to make it, and the acid in the drink helps them to stick around. The acid dries out your mouth which makes the tannins stick better to the tooth surfaces, so always lubricate your mouth post-wine-drinking with a glass of water.
Foods that help with teeth whitening results
Try munching on some strawberries to naturally whiten your teeth and help maintain your teeth whitening results! They contain malic acid, a natural astringent that removes surface tooth discoloration.
Foods like apples are also good for promoting the natural whiteness of your teeth. Apples can work as exfoliators for your teeth with their rough texture, scrubbing away some plaque and debris. They also stimulate the production of saliva, helping to wash away their own sugary juice as well as lingering food debris. This helps stop your teeth dulling and promotes healthier teeth and gums. Broccoli also acts in this way as a high-fibre, coarse food that can scrub and exfoliate away some residual nasties in your mouth. If you’re a fan of fresh fruit and veg, you might be happy to know that pears also play a part in natural teeth whitening. This fruit helps to neutralise the acid in your mouth that causes decay and erosion, helping your dental health and natural teeth shade.
Teeth whitening in York
If you’re considering teeth whitening in York, then come and see us at Blossom Dental Care & Implant Studio! We use the prestigious Enlighten system that can boost your smile by up to 12 shades with minimal sensitivity for results that last up to 2 years with the correct care. What’s more, top-ups and maintenance treatments can be carried out at home with the useful take-home kit. Some people worry about teeth whitening because of the worry it will make their teeth sensitive and uncomfortable, but with the Enlighten system there is absolute minimal discomfort during and after your treatment. You can now enjoy brighter, whiter, healthier-looking teeth without incessantly worrying about the sensitivity.
If you’re interested in teeth whitening with us or how to prolong your teeth whitening results, we’d be more than happy to meet with you. Enquire online or get in touch on 01904 653356 to book your cosmetic consultation today.