What to Eat After Zoom!Whitening
Zoom!Whitening is the best teeth lightening system on the market. That’s why we offer it at our 4 Alabama Family Dentistry dental offices located in Gardendale, Warrior, Sumiton and Birmingham, serving patients throughout the central Alabama area. For the best results, we recommend that you have a dental cleaning prior to whitening because the Zoom!Whitening gel cannot penetrate through plaque and calculus. The treatment works by exfoliating stains from inside your teeth to bring them back to their natural color. The whitening process removes stains that accumulate over the years from coffee, tea, juice, red wine, soda, fruits and berries, sauces, chocolate and more. We measure your initial shade before treatment, and afterwards we measure your final shade to see how many shades lighter your teeth have become. The final shade is your natural tooth color, which is unique for everyone. Most of our patients at Alabama Family Dentistry see an improvement of 4 or more shades following a Zoom!Whitening treatment. However, if your natural tooth color is not “chicklet” white, you cannot expect “chicklet” white after whitening.
What Can I Eat After Treatment?
Your teeth are most vulnerable to absorbing stains for 48 hours following your in-office whitening. The enamel remains porous for this period of time making it easy for coffee, tea, red wine, soy sauce, pasta sauce, berries, juices, soda, and other dark foods to penetrate the outer surface of enamel and negatively alter your results. The rule-of-thumb we recommend for after whitening is to refrain or 48 hours from all drinks and foods that would stain a white T-shirt.
After the first 48 hours you can go back to your normal foods. However, for the first 2 weeks after treatment your teeth are more prone to absorbing stains, so do not allow stain forming foods to remain on your teeth for long. If you need to drink dark liquids, use a straw to bypass the front of your teeth, that way only the backs of your teeth are exposed to the liquids. Every time you eat, brush and rinse as soon as possible after consuming food or beverages.
What About Existing Dental Work?
Any dental work already existing in your mouth will not change color as a result of whitening. Since crowns and veneers are made of porcelain, the fabricated shade cannot be changed. The color of a dental bonding, and/or a filling cannot be lightened, as the color is also selected to match your existing teeth before they’re placed. Having a crown, veneer, or a filling on a front tooth shouldn’t stop you from having whitening treatment. Often the color of the restorative work is actually lighter than the rest of the teeth – over the years the surrounding natural teeth may have become stained or the shade wasn’t exactly matched originally, especially if the dental work is several years old. It may be time to consider replacing the current bonding, veneer or crown if there is a significant color difference.
To maintain your new white smile, it is important to maintain a good oral care routine and continue using whitening products. We offer an at-home whitening kit to help remove stains before they penetrate. Your Alabama Family Dentist at any of our 4 central Alabama area locations will consult with you before starting the treatment to answer all of your concerns and discuss possible options.