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INFORMATION


To Keep Your Bright White Smile!



5 FOODS THAT STAIN TEETH



BALSAMIC VINEGAR


You love your salads, but be careful of what your choice of dressing can do to your teeth.

It feels like balsamic should be the healthier alternative to bottled salad dressings, but

its deep natural color can be pretty hard on your teeth. Balsamic vinegar tends to stick 

to your enamel when you eat it, so make sure to chew the lettuce in the salad to clean it

off after each bite.



PASTA SAUCE


Tomatoes are highly acidic and become a deep red once they're reduced into a thick 

sauce. They tend to cling on, making your teeth more vulnerable to staining. Try 

munching on some dark green veggies like broccoli, kale or spinach before you eat. 

These foods will create a protective film over the teeth to ward off staining.



CURRY


Curry, the beloved spice that frequents Indian food, is deeply pigmented. If you eat 

it too frequently, you might end up with yellowing teeth. Try to limit the amount of 

curry in your diet. When you do enjoy curry-spiced food, add some fresh fruits and 

vegetables that prevent stains, as apples, carrots, cauliflower and celery to the dish.



BEVERAGES


A number of drinks cause staining because they're so acidic. Coffee, tea, soda, sports 

drinks, wine ... all of them have been shown to stain teeth and erode the enamel. The 

yellowish layer beneath the enamel, called the dentin, may show through if the enamel is

too thin. 


The first cup of coffee in the morning can only be described as heaven, but you've 

probably heard that it can do a number on your teeth. Coffee stains on your teeth don't 

exactly make you feel like smiling. But is it better to get your fix with tea instead? 


The Mayo Clinic makes an important point that tea does contain less caffeine than 

coffee. Does tea stain your teeth like coffee? In fact, tea can discolor your teeth even

more than coffee thanks to something called tannins. 


But don't worry: there are ways to avoid them. Here's everything you need to know 

about tea's effect on your teeth, and what you can do to keep your smile looking 

whiter and brighter.



WHAT MAKES TEA STAIN YOUR TEETH?


Tannins are natural chemicals that give plants a defense against hungry, leaf-eaters 

(like yourself), according to Scientific American. They also happen to be what gives 

tea the deep, complex flavor that you know and love. 


They may taste great, but they're what gives your tea that dark color that clings to 

your white enamel (the outer layer of your teeth), leaving stains and dulling your smile. 

When it comes to drinks, it's not just the darker hues you have to look out for. 


There are some light-colored culprits too. White tea can erode your enamel and white 

wine is even more acidic than red! Try to limit your intake. When you do have them, 

swish with water to get off as much residue as you can. Whenever possible, use a straw 

to limit the liquid's contact with your teeth.



HOW CAN YOU KEEP YOUR SMILE ON POINT?


Here are some things you can do to protect your beautiful smile and keep the teeth

staining to a minimum:


* Sip through a straw when drinking tea both iced and hot to minimize its contact with

your teeth.


* Swish with water after drinking a cup of tea to clean your teeth before the stains can 

settle.


* Switch to something lighter, like a Green tea. Black teas are more likely to stain.


* Brush right away with a whitening toothpaste that is formulated to remove stains.


* Tea's caffeine content is diluted, which makes it a great alternative to coffee if  you're 

trying to cut back.


* Does tea stain your teeth? Yes, it does, but if you follow these tips you can avoid teeth 

staining and still start each day with a Bright White Smile.


When it comes to drinks, it's not just the darker hues you have to look out for. There 

are some light-colored culprits too. White tea can erode your enamel and white wine is 

even more acidic than red! Try to limit your intake. When you do have them, swish 

with water to get off as much residue as you can. Whenever possible, use a straw to 

limit the liquid's contact with your teeth. Brushing twice daily is important to help 

maintain a Bright White Smile!


Here are some things you can do to protect your beautiful smile and keep the teeth

staining to a minimum:


* Sip through a straw when drinking tea both iced and hot to minimize its contact with 

your teeth.


* Swish with water after drinking a cup of tea to clean your teeth before the stains can

settle.


* Switch to something lighter, like a Green tea. Black teas are more likely to stain.



PRE & POST INSTRUCTIONS


An educated person is our best client.  Please do your research before deciding on your 

teeth whitening treatment. Ask questions if you're not sure which treatment to choose. 


You do not have to do anything specific other than lightly brush your teeth staying 

away from the gum line before coming in for your teeth whitening treatment. Please 

DO NOT floss before your appointment!


Having your teeth cleaned and scraped before your teeth whitening treatment may 

help with the process, but it is not necessary to have your teeth cleaned and scraped 

at the dentist prior to your whitening treatment. We do recommend you have your 

usual 6 months regular check-ups at the dentist.



TEETH WHITENING - AFTER CARE


Following 24 Hours After Treatment:



FOODS & DRINKS TO AVOID


* Avoid any dark staining drinks such as Tea, Coffee, Red Wine, colored or alcoholic 

drinks and fruit juice.


* Avoid all dark staining foods like bolognaise, soy sauce, red meat, chocolate and all 

fruit except bananas.


* Avoid any foods or drinks that would leave a stain on a white shirt.


* No Smoking for 24 hours, smoking a cigarette within the first 24 Hours will stain your 

teeth. Moderate use of electronic cigarettes is OK.


* Avoid colored toothpaste (red or blue) or Mouthwash for 24 hours.



FOOD & DRINKS


24 Hours After Whitening Treatment.


Here is a list of clear drinks and ‘white foods’ that are perfectly fine for eating and

drinking after a treatment.



FOODS AFTER TREATMENT


* White fish


* White rice


* White pasta


* White cheese


* Bananas


* Cauliflower


* White onion


* Egg whites


* Rice Crispies


* Crustless white bread


* White low-fat yogurt


* Peeled potatoes cooked to your liking


* Skinless chicken/turkey (minus the fat)



DRINKS AFTER TREATMENT


* Still / sparkling water


* Tonic/soda water


* White lemonade


* Skimmed milk


* Clear coconut water (not milk!)


* Clear alcohol mixed with clear mixers (gin and tonic, vodka and white etc)


There are many causes for tooth staining. The most common include genetics, aging, 

consumption of staining substances (smoking, coffee, tea, and colas), tetracycline 

(antibiotic) staining, excessive fluoride, and old fillings. 


Whitening toothpaste can remove stains that are on the outside of the teeth. Dentists 

call this extrinsic staining. 


However, teeth whitening toothpaste and professional dental cleanings will not change 

the color or intrinsic staining of the teeth. That is why teeth whitening also (sometimes 

called tooth bleaching) is so popular.



WHAT TO EXPECT


During the whitening treatment.


Cosmetic teeth whitening is considered one of the safest and anti-aging procedures 

available in dentistry. The procedure consists of three to four 15-20 minute sessions.  A 

fresh layer of teeth whitening gel is applied after each session as the old gel is removed 

from your teeth.


Teeth Whitening works by exfoliating stains from inside your teeth to bring them back 

to their natural color.


We will measure your initial shade, and the final shade to see how many shades lighter

you got.  But there is no way to predict how many shades lighter your teeth will get 

beforehand.  The whitening process removes stains that we all accumulate over the 

years from coffee, tea, juice, soda, fruits and berries, sauces, salads etc…The final shade

is your natural tooth color, which is unique for everyone.  



CROWNS, VENEERS & BONDING


Will not change color to your natural enamel. 


Over the years the natural teeth enamel may have gotten stained or the shade was ever 

matched perfectly in the first place. You have the option to look in the mirror after

each session to decide when it’s time to stop the teeth whitening. If you are unsatisfied

with your current bonding, veneer or crown you should also consider replacing them as 

an option. We will consult with you before starting the treatment to answer all your

concerns and discuss your all your possible options.


Any previous dental work does not change color.  Crowns and veneers are made of 

porcelain, the shade of which cannot be changed. That doesn’t mean that you should

not do teeth whitening if you have crown, veneer, or a filling on a front tooth. Often 

the color of  the restorative work is actually lighter than the rest of the teeth.  



SPOTS ON TEETH


White spots or streaks on teeth.


White, shiny teeth are considered healthy, beautiful teeth. But, what happens to  cause 

those dull, white spots that stands out on teeth, and are they healthy? Those dull white

spots are usually the result of a loss of minerals in the enamel layer of the tooth. But 

why does it happen? Some surprising causes of those white spots are…



SMOKING…WHILE PREGNANT


Another example of negative side effects of smoking, smokers are not just risking their 

own teeth. Pregnant smokers run the risk of damaging the unborn baby’s teeth. Teeth 

form early, well before the baby is born. Therefore, save your baby from weak spots and

lifelong tooth struggles, and avoid tobacco while pregnant.



TOO MUCH FLUORIDE


Normally, we think of fluoride as a good thing for teeth, and it is. But, a condition called

fluorosis can happen if you get way too much fluoride. The people most likely to suffer 

from fluorosis are children; their smaller bodies have lower capacities for fluoride. 


That’s the reason all toothpastes that contain fluoride advise carefully the supervising

of children while brushing and using a pea sized amount of cleaner. Of course, fluoride

in proper amounts is still good for teeth, especially in childhood when teeth are growing

in, so it’s important to check with your dentist if you have concerns about whether you

or your child are getting the correct amount of fluoride. CariFree Gels come in fluoride-

free and fluoride containing varieties to help meet your needs.



NUTRITIONAL DEFICITS


A diet short in calcium deprives your body of the building blocks of healthy enamel. 

In fact, several minerals that are part of a healthy and balanced diet help build up tooth

enamel, and not having enough minerals available can mean your teeth pay the price

with white, demineralized spots. Interestingly enough, celiac disease, because it causes

the intestines to malfunction and not absorb nutrients, can cause a significant amount 

of demineralized white spots on the teeth.



BACTERIA OVERGROWTH


Bacteria love to grow on teeth. Cavity causing bacteria particularly love to grow in the

high acid environment that results from eating. Poor brushing technique of the teeth 

will  lets the bacteria continue to flourish. Braces and other glued in dental appliances

can make it more difficult to brush well. It’s important to be vigilant about brushing 

well, particularly when wearing braces, to keep cavity causing bacteria from stripping 

minerals away from teeth, causing the white spots that easily progress to cavities.



SOME MEDICINES


We count on medicine to make us healthy. Unfortunately, some medicines have been 

known to cause white spots on tooth enamel. One reason why certain antibiotics are not

approved for use in children. Make sure if you are pregnant or nursing to share that 

information with any doctor prescribing medication for you. 


Please do not share prescriptions, and use medications exactly as prescribed. If you 

do end up with white spots after medical treatment, see your dentist for help treating

them (and making sure you’ve identified all possible causes).



HIGH FEVERS


A high fever in a child can cause the dreaded white spot on tooth, linked to the loss of 

minerals on that spot. 


While it may not be your first thought to keep your child brushing their teeth through

about with the flu, it is important to encourage proper hygiene when possible. Even a

gentle swipe with the toothbrush and plain water can also help rehydrate a dry mouth

and remove some plaque acids.


Many of us have white spots or streaks on our teeth, often we may not even realize they 

exist. We’ll inspect your teeth before starting the procedure and point to any white spots

we find. They’re often covered up by stains and don’t show up prominently.  The white

spots may have been caused by previous orthodontic treatment or may be genetic. As we

remove the stains from teeth with whitening, white spots will become more prominent. 


The white spots will also get even brighter because they will whiten as well.  Usually, 

after a few days the white spots will blend in a bit more. But expect them to possibly 

stand out more in the beginning.



DIETARY RESTRICTIONS


Important post whitening restrictions.


For the first 48 hours the pores in enamel are open, they can absorb stains faster than

before.  As rule anything that stains a white shirt, will stain your teeth. We realize that 

the diet is very restrictive. Please do your best, if you happen to eat or drink something 

you shouldn’t then brush your teeth or rinse with water right after.  If you plan on 

drinking coffee please use a straw, to exposed only the back to coffee.



TEETH SENSITIVITY


Sensitivity to teeth whitening.


Inside every tooth are millions of microscopic "dentinal tubules" that extend from the 

nerve (pulp) inside the tooth to the outside surface of the tooth. There's fluid inside

these tiny tubes, and when this fluid moves inside the tubes, it causes sensitivity. 


Minerals from saliva normally plug up the open outer ends of the tubes, preventing 

fluid movement and most the sensitivity. All bleaching gels tend to dissolve these 

"plugs" allowing the fluid in the tubes to move and cause some sensitivity. 


Dental sensitivity is the most common issue surrounding teeth whitening-and it can 

happen to anyone, with almost any method. But, according to Dr. Rod Kurthy, DDS, a 

recognized expert in the field of whitening science, "how severe the reaction is depends 

on each individual and three important factors: genetics, bleach stability and acidic

reaction."


Teeth Sensitivity during and after teeth whitening is an important concern for our 

clients. However, we want you to be comfortable during and after the procedure. While

90% of our clients complete the entire treatment, it is important to understand that 

completing the three or four 15-minute sessions of teeth whitening is not for everyone. 


Teeth Sensitivity during and after teeth whitening is an important concern for our 

clients and our office. We monitor our clients closely and encourage them to let us know 

when they start feeling sensitivity. 


Zinger Sensitivity is a “zing,” or a “zap” that your teeth may feel during the teeth 

whitening procedure. One or two zingers are normal but more than that means that 

it’s time to stop.  Our clients generally get good results even if they’ve completed just 2 

sessions. Sensitivity is the body’s natural way of telling you that it’s time to stop. 


In a recent survey of clients who had teeth whitening in our office; 89% reported little 

or no sensitivity after teeth whitening, 9% of our clients reported some sensitivity, 2%

of our clients reported discomfort for the first 24 hours.


Although moderate to severe sensitivity is rare, unfortunately a small percentage of our

clients will experience some discomfort after the whitening. We always try to encourage

everyone to stop when their teeth start to feel sensitive, it’s not always easy for the client

to stop before sensitivity increases. 


Taking an anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve etc…relieves the nerves 

inside teeth that got inflamed during the whitening treatment. Please note: 


Tylenol is not an anti-inflammatory, Tylenol works best when taken in combination 

with an anti-inflammatory.  We recommend taking 400mg (2 pills) every 4 hours if 

sensitivity persists.



Certain toothpastes such as Sensodyne can relieve sensitivity. At home, we recommend 

applying the toothpaste for sensitivity to your teeth for 5-10 minutes.


Certain toothpastes such as Sensodyne can relieve sensitivity. At home, we recommend 

applying the toothpaste for sensitivity to your teeth for 5-10 minutes.



PREGNANT WOMEN


Teeth whitening is not for pregnant women.


Although teeth whitening is a very safe procedure for most. Doctors in general do not 

recommend any elective procedures for pregnant women.  Even if the risk is just 1% it’s

still something that’s not worth taking. There has not been any harm ever reported, it’s

just not a risk worth taking.



REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS


Please be realistic on the results of your whitening treatment and understand the teeth 

whitening machines do NOT whiten your teeth alone. Using a high-grade whitening 

solution is needed for best results. Teeth whitening results cannot be predicted.




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