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Teeth Whitening and What to Eat After Your Procedure

April 29, 2022
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Posted By: Mountainside Family Dental
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People say that a picture is worth a thousand words, but perhaps it's worth even more when you smile with genuine joy and confidence. But if you have stained, yellow, or dull teeth, you may feel self-conscious or embarrassed flashing a grin to friends and in photos. Research even shows that people think white smiles are more attractive. Fortunately, there's a simple and affordable solution for fixing yellow or dark teeth.

With professional teeth whitening, brightening your teeth and removing stains have never been easier. Mountainside Family Dental offers teeth whitening services to patients who desire to lift tooth stains and attain a whiter, more radiant smile. Dr. Robert Kudla, DMD is a skilled and experienced cosmetic dentist in Mountainside, NJ, who many consider the best teeth whitening dentist in town.

So, what are you waiting for? Give our dental office a call today to schedule your teeth whitening consultation. We can't wait to get started on your journey toward a more luminous smile! 

What Causes Teeth Stains?

Professional teeth whitening is the number one cosmetic dental treatment performed by dentists. Research shows that 80 percent of Americans between ages 18 and 49 want whiter, brighter teeth. But why do our teeth attract stains? 

Many things can stain and discolor our teeth:

  • Food and drinks (e.g., wine, tea, dark berries)
  • Poor oral hygiene 
  • Natural aging 
  • Smoking and tobacco use 
  • Trauma or disease 
  • Certain medications and medical treatments (e.g., chemotherapy, antihistamines)

Whatever the reason may be for your dental stains, our Mountainside cosmetic dentist can assess your smile and create a treatment plan that works for you.

Over-the-Counter Kits vs. Professional Teeth Whitening 

OTC Kits Give Lackluster Results

Over-the-counter teeth whitening kits may fill countless shelves of drugstores and grocers, but that doesn't mean they're effective or safe for your teeth. These one-size-fits-all kits are not made for your mouth's unique anatomy or sensitivity levels. 

Many of these kits also have bleaching gels that are too abrasive on enamel, leading to tooth sensitivity, enamel erosion, gum irritation, and even chemical burns on the soft tissues in your mouth. Every mouth and tooth is different, and some teeth are more sensitive than others. So we think it's better to be safe than sorry! 

Professional Teeth Whitening Is a Win-Win-Win

Professional teeth whitening is a safe, effective, and affordable way to remove stains and brighten enamel. Our Mountainside dental office offers customized take-home whitening kits you can use at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home. 

Your dentist Dr. Kudla provides you with a custom whitening kit, including whitening trays, bleaching gel, or a special whitening pen that lifts stains and improves discoloration. 

You can easily use the kit while chatting online, scrolling through social media, or watching your favorite TV show. Our professional teeth whitening kit can lift stubborn stains and give you stunning results that last.

What Can I Eat After Teeth Whitening?

Professional teeth whitening is highly effective and can give you dramatic results, but these results don't last forever. Over time, the foods and drinks we consume and other lifestyle habits can discolor our teeth and make them lack their luster. Here are some foods that make your teeth white after treatment:

  • Clear soups
  • White cheese
  • Broccoli
  • Seeds and nuts
  • Apples
  • Celery 
  • Water 
  • Egg whites
  • Plain yogurt 
  • Chicken and turkey 
  • Whitefish 

Here are some of the things you should avoid to keep your teeth white and stain-free:

  • Red wine
  • Coffee and tea 
  • Soda
  • Chocolate 
  • Highly-pigmented fruits (e.g., blackberries, pomegranates)
  • Dark sauces and condiments (e.g., tomato sauce, soy sauce, ketchup)

We also recommend drinking through a straw to limit the liquid's contact with your newly whitening teeth.

How Do I Keep My Teeth White and Stain-Free?

Everyone wants to maintain their perfectly white smile, but the effects will fade over time. But that doesn't mean you have to live your life with consistently dull teeth. To ensure your smile stays as stain-free and beautiful as possible between whitening sessions, we recommend doing the following:

  • Brush your teeth twice daily. 
  • Floss once daily. 
  • Drink plenty of water. 
  • Eat healthy foods. 
  • Avoid smoking and tobacco products. 
  • Visit your dentist for routine check-ups and teeth cleanings

These tips can help you keep your teeth white and your smile healthy for many years to come. 

Professional Teeth Whitening Services in Union, NJ

Do you want whiter teeth so you can share your beautiful smile with confidence? Give our dental office a call to schedule an appointment with our teeth whitening dentist. Our entire team at Mountainside Family Dental wants to help you attain the dream smile you've always wanted. We have several years of experience and unparalleled expertise in cosmetic dentistry treatments, including teeth whitening.

If you're ready to transform your smile and get a significant confidence boost, don't hesitate to contact Mountainside Family Dental today at (908) 232-6900

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